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Forestry

Sustainable, well-planned, near to nature forest management deals with the production of raw timber. The classical central disciplines are silviculture, forest growth and yield and forest planning supplemented by information on the timber market, storage and bio-energy. Loss events, such as windfall, bark beetle or game damage, present an ever re-occurring challenge to forest personnel. Successful management in avoiding and limiting risks and damage is part of an effective operational strategy.

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Strategies for managing invasive robinia

The North American robinia (black locust) has many positive, but also many negative characteristics. Today, it has become part of ecosystems and the cultural landscape in many places, so neither free and unlimited cultivation nor widespread active control measures make sense.

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Japanese beetle – an invasive species approaching Switzerland

The Japanese beetle is heading for Switzerland. In 2017, beetles were caught for the first time in precautionary traps installed along the border with Italy. What measures can be taken to prevent its arrival?

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Global trade of tree seeds can introduce harmful pests

The trade of forest tree seeds is, on a global scale, not as safe as previously believed. Insect pests and fungal pathogens associated with seeds pose a great risk to trees and forest ecosystems worldwide.

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Silver fir genome decoded

Silver fir is an important tree species in view of climate change. In order to better research the tree, an international team has decoded the remarkably large genome of a silver fir near Zurich.

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Sooty bark disease – the first discovery in Bavaria

The sooty bark disease infests maple species, is found in Austria and Switzerland, and has now made its way to Germany. What does this mean for the future of the maple?

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Utilisation of the sweet chestnut

Roasted chestnuts are a pleasure. But the fruits of the sweet chestnut are not the only thing we can use from this special tree. It also provides delicious honey and valuable wood.

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Growth performance of introduced tree species in Baden-Württemberg

The state forest of Baden-Württemberg has been managed for decades according to the principles of close-to-nature forestry, which includes the prioritisation of native tree species. Recently the climate change puts the guaranteed future of these species into question.

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Spreading dynamics of the European spruce bark beetle in the Black Forest National Park

The goal of the research is to identify the locations that are preferred by I. typographus and thus would be particularly at risk for infestation. To achieve this, the specific characteristics of landing sites are analyzed to determine the preferred stand and terrain structures that are preferred during dispersion.

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25 Years Conventwald Ecosystem Study

How does silviculture affect the forest soil? Since 1991 scientists observe and examine water and element cycles in the Conventwald in connection with different types of silvicultural management. This article depicts the study including current research results.

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Long-term storage of roundwood – an overview of methods

In the wake of storm calamities, the forestry industry is often faced with having to log and then sell or store huge volumes of timber. With the right approaches to storing the roundwood, economic damage can however be kept to a minimum.

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