Forestry

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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Scent detection dogs for the Asian longhorn beetle

Dogs are known to be used for explosive or medical detection or as drug-sniffing dogs. But did you know you can also use them as detection dogs in timber trade? The Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW) trains and works with the animals to detect the Asian longhorn beetle and the Citrus longhorn beetle.

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Tracking the bark beetles

Bark beetles are capable of causing large-scale damage during mass propagation. With the help of the bark beetle monitoring program, data for scientific research is collected and important information for the forestry praxis is made available.

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Chestnut blight: symptoms, biology and management strategies

Chestnut blight is a dangerous fungal disease of chestnut (Castanea) species. Within 30 years it almost completely destroyed the extensive chestnut forests in the USA. Fortunately, the impact of the disease in Europe is less dramatic.

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Foreign tree species

Some euphorically endorse non-native tree species while others demonize them. Where in lies the truth? In Europe many foreign tree species have been established for a long time. Is that good or bad? Can all the tree species be lumped together?

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Avalanche: foundations for effective protection

An effective avalanche protection depends on many factors: protection forests, protection barriers and an avalanche warning system are important prerequisites for example. This article outlines how avalanches happen and what you can do about them.

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Drought in the forest

Forecasts suggest that our native forest trees will face increasing drought stress. How are trees dealing with this and what measures can you take?

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Damage caused by drought

Dry cracks and dryness caused by frost are damage symptoms which can occur due to water shortages in the forest. What are the causes and what measures help when the risk is identified?

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The Asian longhorned beetle in Europe

The ALB was first spotted on European soil in 2001. Sightings of infestations have been on the rise since.

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How far does pollen travel?

Tree pollen travels large distances and there is considerable intermixing of genes in forests. This has both positive and negative consequences for forest management. Small stands are rarely genetically isolated, but seeds from seed stands are less pure than expected.

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The potential, opportunities and risks of using energy wood

The planned implementation of the energy transition is likely to place increasing pressure on natural resources. This raises the question of the potential, opportunities and risks associated with the use of wood for energy in Switzerland.

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