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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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NHS Greenspace in Scotland

NHS Greenspace in Scotland is being developed through a series of demonstration projects at different hospital sites. Staff, patients, visitors and local communities are the beneficiaries of improvements to NHS Greenspace.

Status: Current

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  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
  • Land reclamation
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Land management in lowland catchments for integrated flood risk reduction

The LANDWISE project is a collaboration of academics, policy makers and practitioners to investigate the impact of land use and management on flood risk in the Upper Thames catchment. It will quantify through measurement and modelling by how much, where and how the flood risk benefits can be up-scaled from local to river basin level.

Status: Current

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  • Forest hydrology
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Land Use and Ecosystem Services

The research aims to increase our understanding of how woodlands and wooded landscapes provide a diverse range of ecosystem services (ES), and to help policymakers, forest managers and planners understand and assess how the specific placement and management of woodlands affects ES delivery at various scales.

Status: Current

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  • Ecosystem services
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The threat to UK forestry posed by the Pine-tree lappet moth: life cycle, origin and future risk

Project determining the level of risk to Scots pine and other tree species posed by defoliating caterpillars of the pine-tree lappet moth.

Status: Current

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  • Pests and diseases
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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

Status: Current

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  • Climate change
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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

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  • Climate change
  • Forest management
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Developing multi-stand / CCF version of optimal rotation length prototype model

Explores optimal management in a multi-stand / Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF) setting and various ecosystem services and benefits provided by complex forests.

Status: Current

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  • Forest management
  • Socio economic research
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Neurostresspep

Neurostresspep explores the use of insect neuropeptide hormones for controlling pest insects; Forest Research is investigating whether these naturally occurring compounds can be used in forest management to reduce damage by pine weevil (Hylobius abietis).

Status: Current

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  • Forest management
  • Pests and diseases
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Evaluation of the Westonbirt Arboretum Community Inclusion programme and Visitor Experience

Evaluation of Westonbirt Arboretum Community Inclusion programme and Visitor Experience programme by Forest Research

Status: Current

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  • Socio economic research