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Alternatives to conventional plastic treeshelters

This research aims to determine the practicality, durability, and efficacy of non-plastic biodegradable treeshelters and other tree protection methods, as alternatives to using treeshelters made from conventional plastics.

Status: Current

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  • Forest management
Peer reviewed papers

Diameter, height and volume increment single tree models for improved Sitka spruce in Great Britain

The British forestry sector lacks reliable dynamic growth models for stands of improved Sitka spruce, the most important commercial forest type in Great Britain. The aim of this study is…

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  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Tree breeding
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
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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.

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  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
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The impacts of conifer afforestation and climate on water quality and freshwater ecology in a sensitive peaty catchment: a 25 year study in the upper River Halladale in North Scotland

Highlights Good forest practice was effective at protecting water quality. Streamwater acidity and ecology unaffected by conifer afforestation. Hurricanes caused marked changes in streamwater acidity and water colour. Total P…

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  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Forest hydrology
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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

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  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Genetics
  • Tree breeding
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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

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  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Forest hydrology
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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 Note

Ecological implications of oak decline in Great Britain

This Research Note describes the ecological value of Great Britain’s native oaks, as reflected in the biodiversity supported by the trees and ecosystem functions the trees perform.

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  • Climate change
  • Forest management
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Enhancing Integrated Pest Management in Forestry

How do we manage insect pests in forestry? This PhD project aims to evaluate current science and practise and develop and test new and improved methods in order to enhance integrated pest management in the industry.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
  • Socio economic research
Peer reviewed papers

Acetamiprid, chlorantraniliprole, and in some situations the physical barriers MultiPro® or Kvaae® wax, can be alternatives to traditional synthetic pyrethroid insecticides for the protection of young conifers from damage by the large pine weevil Hylobius

Acetamiprid, chlorantraniliprole, and in some situations the physical barriers MultiPro® or Kvaae® wax, can be alternatives to traditional synthetic pyrethroid insecticides for the protection of young conifers from damage by the large pine weevil Hylobius abietis L.

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases