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Is the introduction of novel exotic forest tree species a rational response to rapid environmental change? : A British perspective.

A suggested way for British woodlands to combat the problems they are facing due to climate change and exotic pests and diseases is to grow a range of novel exotic tree species. Here we examine the arguments for doing this in the context of British forestry where the objectives are either commercial timber production or conservation of biodiversity.

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  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
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An analytical framework for spatially targeted management of natural capital

A major sustainability challenge is determining where to target management to enhance natural capital and the ecosystem services it provides. Achieving this understanding is difficult, given that the effects of...

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  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Land managers behaviour and forest resilience

Land owners and managers are being urged to change their behaviours and practice to increase forest resilience, this research describes some of the barriers to change including the different attitudes and beliefs of different kinds of land managers around uncertainty and risk, and the need for information and guidance which takes these perspectives into account.

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  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Socio economic research
Official publication: Research Note | RN

The Environmental Change Network at Alice Holt Research Forest

The Environmental Change Network (ECN) was established in 1992 to provide a framework for monitoring the effects of a range of environmental drivers on freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. The Alice...

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  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
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B4EST – adaptive breeding for productive, sustainable and resilient forests under climate change

B4EST will offer new understanding about how adaptive forest breeding can be used to increase forest survival, health, resilience and productivity under climate change and natural disturbances, while maintaining genetic diversity and key ecological functions.

Status: Current

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  • Climate change
  • Tree breeding
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Holocene carbon accumulation in the peatlands of northern Scotland

Holocene carbon accumulation in the peatlands of northern Scotland J. L. Ratcliffe, R. J. Payne, T. J. Sloan, B. Smith, S. Waldron, D. Mauquoy, A. Newton, A. R. Anderson, A. Henderson and R. Andersen...

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  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
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Peatland afforestation in the UK and consequences for carbon storage

Peatland afforestation in the UK and consequences for carbon storage T. J. Sloan, R. J. Payne, A. R. Anderson, C. Bain, S. Chapman, N. Cowie, P. Gilbert, R. Lindsay, D. Mauquoy A. J. Newton...

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  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
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Cryptic genetic variation and adaptation to waterlogging in Caledonian Scots pine, Pinus sylvestris L.

Exposure to a contrasting novel environment such as waterlogging under common garden conditions can trigger release of otherwise unobservable (cryptic) genetic variation. Under a flooding treatment, there was a greater increase in variability in Scots pine populations originating from drier sites in Scotland which likely reflects a relative absence of past selection. Under climate change this cryptic genetic variation may provide considerable potential to adapt.

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  • Genetics
  • Climate change
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What Do Forest Managers Want to Know About Adaptation?

Adaptation to climate change involves adjusting Forest Management to anticipate future changes. Starting to adapt woodland and forests to the changing climate now is important if owners and society wish...

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  • Climate change
  • Socio economic research
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The origins of shake and drought crack in trees

The soil conditions experienced by a growing tree are reproduced under controlled conditions. Fluid distributions with the tree are visualised using magnetic resonance imaging in order to identify stresses and determine if these are linked to drought cracking and shake.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management