Silviculture

Silviculture

Being the classical discipline of forestry management, silviculture aims at influencing the growth of forest stands and individual trees in such a way that the forest is better able to fulfil the demands made of it. Usually an increase in value and stability as opposed to natural hazards are in the foreground.

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The production capital forest soil

The forest soil is the base capital for all forms of forestry. The protection of the soil and the preservation of its production capability is an essential pillar of sustainable forest management.

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Non-native tree species

For conversion forest stands because of climate change non-native species are also considered on top of the site appropriate native tree species. They present a good alternative, especially on sites where native species can hardly be utilized.

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Effective medication or a harmless household remedy?

With liming, comparisons with human medicine are unavoidable since lime works like a strong medication on the soils and forests. Medications often have risks and side effects. Patients are to be informed of this before their use.

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Do thinning measures help in dry periods?

For spruce climate change is heavy. Forest owners can help them just with silvicultural measures. Can a thinning measure exonerate the water balance of the trees?

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Tree growth on the fast track

Continuous monitoring of growth on experimental forest plots since 1870 – this is a global rarity. Just as fascinating is what this observation has revealed: our trees have been growing faster over the last five decades than they did before.

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Pruning for quality improvement

The production of high quality timber requires that some tree species be pruned for quality improvement. This must be done expertly and professionally to ensure success.

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Spruce and climate change – what is to be done?

No need for panic, stay cool! It really cannot be inferred that stands of spruce tree will suddenly and abruptly disappear from large areas throughout the country. In this article you will find recommendations for action and alternatives to spruce cultivation in low-lying areas.

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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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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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ProCoGen: Adaption of Forests to Climate Change

European forests are unthinkable without Conifers. The threats posed by global warming, depletion by certain diseases and pests, fires, as well as harvesting rates exceeding regeneration, either naturally or artificially, are all important reasons for investigating our knowledge on the mechanisms underlining the expression of important adaptive and productive traits in our forest species.

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