Category: Forest

IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

“Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems.” (IPCC, Synthesis Report) The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...

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EUFORGEN – 20 years

To celebrate its anniversary, EUFORGEN has produced a short film in which two National Coordinators – Sven de Vries (Netherlands) and Jason Hubert (United Kingdom) – reflect on some achievements of EUFORGEN and explain why continued regional collaboration on forest...

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Conference with a view to the future

Strømman (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) highlighted the outcome of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report in his talk, introducing the overall topic of the conference; Need for seed – Nordic forests in coming decades....

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The productivity of regeneration may be improved

PhD thesis by Ville Kankaanhuhta, Finland Changing operational environment and non-existent feedback as a challenge At the end of 1990’s, signs of poor implementation of forest regeneration activities, delayed operations, and poor quality of young stands were observable in the...

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Tree breeding and seed source deployment under climate change

Also, pests and diseases may be favoured, creating a greater threat to tree health. Even though trees are long lived and generally adapted to varying conditions over a life cycle, new climatic conditions call for phenotypic matching of growth rhythm...

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Different angles to trees in a changing climate

Text: Tor Myking and Kjersti Bakkebø Fjellstad/NordGen Forest The conference Genetic resources for food and agriculture in a changing climate at Lillehammer on 27-29 January,  organised by NordGen, included three keynote presentations specifically on forest trees. Antoine Kremer (INRA, France) commenced...

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Climate change – are forest trees adaptive?

Mechanisms The most basic mechanism for adaptation is selection. Generations of trees are genetically shaped by climate and other environmental conditions during the course of time, favouring some genes and discarding others. Thus, tree populations occupying different environmental habitats usually...

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First Global Plan of Action for Forest Genetic Resources

The full article can be read at fao.org.

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Conservation of genetic variation

– In habitat protection areas, forest trees are protected in their natural environment. The new strategy emphasizes that these protected areas from now on also include the conservation of genetic variation, says Sanna Black-Samuelsson, forest geneticist at the Swedish Forest...

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Exotic tree species in Norwegian forestry – experiences with new method for risk assessment

In June 2012 the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre launched the Black list which is a risk assessment of introduced species. We will here briefly review the method used in the assessment and some experiences with risk assessments of introduced forest...

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