Mixed species forests tend to be more productive, so whey are we still planting monocultures? A lot of recent research indicates a positive relationship between tree species diversity and productivity. So why aren’t monocultureContinue reading
What do think you know about forests in Syria?
As a Syrian forester trying to communicate with the international forestry community i have been asked many questions about the forests in Syria, and the most frequent questions were: Is it true that Syria isContinue reading
What factors determine whether tree species compete or complement each other?
The growth of the forest depends on a series of variables and their complex net of interactions. When the forest is composed of multiple species (called a “mixture”) its growth also depends on the intra-Continue reading
Spraying forests does not get anything
Insect pests are a major threat to many forests worldwide, from boreal to tropical forest ecosystems. Some pests exhibit periodical outbreaks, after which their populations often crash as a result of natural biological control. InContinue reading
Protected areas in the world’s ecoregions: How well connected are they?
Protected areas (PAs) are the main instrument for biodiversity conservation, which has triggered the development of numerous indicators and assessments on their coverage, performance and efficiency. The connectivity of the PA networks at a globalContinue reading
Protected areas save biodiversity worldwide
Species richness is 10.6% higher inside protected areas compared to areas outside. This result has been recently published by researches, under the leadership of Claudia Gray from University of Sussex (UK). Check out, what else has been found!
Forest-biodiversity-loss harms us all!
Researchers from 30 countries have collected and analyzed forest data set from 777,126 sample plots, located in 44 countries. In total, they measured over 30 million trees of 8,737 different species. The analyzed area represented the most terrestrial biomes, fromContinue reading
Can we increase biodiversity with logging?
The objective of the SelPiBio Life+ project is to demonstrate how an innovative silvicultural treatment in Pinus nigra increases the degree of the biodiversity at the level of the soil environment (fungi, bacteria, flora, mesofauna, nematodes).Continue reading