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Publications

We publish a wide range of information in support of sustainable forest management in Britain. Publications are organised by category in the filtered search below. Our catalogue includes the FC publication library and archive as well as Forest Research articles and guidance. More about our publications

Research

You will find information about topics we are currently working on as well as archived material from completed projects. Current topics are what we see as being the key scientific challenges for our sector over the next few years, and details of the types of research we are undertaking in response.

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Peer reviewed papers

Simultaneous estimation of Pinus nigra Arn. ssp. salzmannii natural regeneration emergence and survival through lifetime analysis

We developed a climatic sensitive model to simultaneously estimate the emergence and survival of Corsican pine natural regeneration in Spain through lifetime analysis. This work is highly relevant for managing the species in a context of climate change. Our modelling approach represents a breakthrough in the state of the art of lifetime analysis.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Research reports

Values, management and pest and disease threats associated with ash: A review

This report reviews and summarises some of the key evidence from around the world on values associated with ash trees, and the management decisions about both ash dieback and emerald…

Themes

  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
Research topic

Living Ash Project phase II (LAP2)

LAP2 commenced in 2019 as an extention of the earlier Living Ash Project phase I. The objectives of LAP2 are to: Establish a National Archive of Tolerant Ash based on…

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Genetics
  • Tree breeding
Peer reviewed papers

The effect of forest-to-bog restoration on the hydrological functioning of raised and blanket bogs

Howson, T., Chapman, P. J., Shah, N., Anderson, R., & Holden, J. (2021). The effect of forest-to-bog restoration on the hydrological functioning of raised and blanket bogs. Ecohydrology, e2334. https://doi.org/10.1002/eco.2334

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Forest hydrology
Research topic

The National Forest Estate Biodiversity Index

Forest Research, Forestry & Land Scotland and Forestry England have co-developed an evidence based, repeatable approach for assessing the biodiversity potential of the National Forest Estate. Several extent, condition, connectivity and diversity metrics are measured and aggregated into a Combined Biodiversity Index. An online, interactive tool allows users to explore mapped scores.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Research topic

A National Conversation: Towards a Resilience Culture

A societal-scale foundation assessment of the public's views of biosecurity and plant / tree health issues, followed by targeted research into how biosecure behaviour can be encouraged

Status: Current

Themes

  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
Research Note

Carbon storage and substitution benefits of harvested wood products

This Research Note considers the potential of extending coverage of the UK Woodland Carbon Code to the carbon benefits of wood products associated with woodland creation projects.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Socio economic research
Climate change series

Factsheet: Climate change and tree diseases

The three main fungal root pathogens already present in the UK, causing significant damage in forestry, are described along with the likely impact of climate change on their spread and severity.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Pests and diseases
Climate change series

Factsheet: Climate change and diseases of tree foliage

The six main foliar pathogens already causing significant damage to conifers and broadleaved tree species in the UK are described along with the likely impact of climate change on their spread and severity.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Pests and diseases
Climate change series

Factsheet: Climate change and ecosystem services

Climate change will have wide-ranging effects on ecosystem services

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services