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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...

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
Research topic

Urban tree management with CAVAT

In an exciting new project, Fera, Forest Research, and the CAVAT Exec Board have teamed up to determine – for the first time – the extent of CAVAT use across Great Britain, and to understand how and for what purposes CAVAT is being used.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Urban greening
Peer reviewed papers

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.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Genetics
Research summaries

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.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
  • Soil science
Report summaries

The natural capital of floodplains: management, protection and restoration to deliver greater benefits. Valuing Nature - Natural Capital Synthesis Report. VNP09.

Floodplains are important natural capital assets which deliver a wide range of benefits to people. The interface between terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems in floodplains fosters both a wealth and a complexity of resources that are challenging to measure and compare.

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Forest hydrology
Official publication: Forestry Facts & Figures | FS

Forestry Facts & Figures 2018

This booklet contains a summary of statistics about woodland and forestry. The complete statistics for 2017 are available on our forestry statistics web page. Please note - the printed version of...

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Research topic

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

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
  • Urban greening
Official publication: Research Note | RN

Niches for species: a multi-species model to guide woodland management

To protect biodiversity in the face of environmental change, there is a need to designate and manage areas of habitat for rare and threatened species. However, to identify the right...

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
Official publication: Research Note | RN

Conservation of black poplar: insights from a DNA fingerprinting approach

Black poplar is Great Britain’s rarest native hardwood and there is considerable interest in conserving the genetic diversity present in the remaining population. However, multiplication by vegetative propagation has led...

Themes

  • Genetics
Official publication: Plant health

Import Inspection Fees for Wood, Wood Products and Bark (5th edition)

This Guide explains which imports of wood, wood products and bark are subject to chargeable import inspection, how much the fees are, and how they may be paid. A credit application...

Themes

  • Tree breeding