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Peatland afforestation in the UK and consequences for carbon storage
Peatlands are a globally significant store of carbonDuring the second half of the 20th century new planting techniques combined with tax incentives encouraged commercial forestry across large areas of peat...
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.
Getting to know the ‘friendly fungi’ associated with the roots of key timber species
Nadia Barsoum provides highlights of over 10 years of research shedding light on who’s who in the world of friendly fungi colonising tree roots.
Forestry and climate change mitigation
Research to improve our understanding of how forests and woodlands can contribute to the carbon balance at both local and global scales
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.
Timber, carbon and wind risk: towards an integrated model of optimal rotation length
Modern forest management practice increasingly adopts an ecosystem services approach to account for the multiple benefits and objectives of forestry. It is also increasingly linked to climate change adaptation and...
Harvested Wood Products and Carbon Substitution
This study reviews approaches to accounting for carbon storage and carbon substitution benefits of harvested wood products under existing carbon market standards, and considers how the UK Woodland Carbon Code - which at present covers climate change mitigation benefits of afforestation in terms of carbon sequestration, might be extended.
Assessing the investment returns from timber and carbon in woodland creation projects
Financial returns from woodland creation have traditionally been generated from sales of timber. In recent years, the voluntary carbon market has established and grown in the UK and landowners can...
Research concludes climate change brings enormous challenges for forests worldwide
climate change disturbances to forestry
SCALEFORES: Scaling Rules For Ecosystem Service Mapping
We are working with Southampton University and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to develop and test novel modelling frameworks to explore the drivers of ecosystem services at different spatial scales in order to predict and map their delivery.