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Atlantic forestry experts on lookout for arrival of destructive invasive insect
20 July, 2017
Local Express
Forestry experts in Atlantic Canada are getting ready for the arrival of a new, invasive species that has destroyed millions of ash trees in other parts of Canada. The emerald ash borer is a non-native pest from Asia. Forestry experts in Atlantic Canada are getting ready for the arrival of a new, invasive species... read more
Climate change blamed as EU'S forest fires treble in 2017
20 July, 2017
euro news
The number of forest fires in the EU has trebled so far this year, according to figures obtained by Euronews, affecting an area nearly the size of Luxembourg. There have been 677 blazes in 2017 - a huge increase on the 215 the bloc saw annually on average over the previous eight years. read more
Pine tree seedlings in short supply
18 July, 2017
Friday Offcuts
A shortage of pine tree seedlings after a poor growing season for tree nurseries has hit some NZ forest owners and farm foresters. Patrick Murray, who is owner of Murray's Nurseries at Woodville in Tararua, said he had turned down orders of 1.2 million pines. read more
Satellites put plantation water use into context
18 July, 2017
Friday offcuts
Forest plantation managers can better understand water use and the potential impact of different forest management approaches by integrating satellite based water consumption estimates, according to research co-funded by the FWPA. read more
Forests as food
17 July, 2017
CIFOR
It's a bit ironic that while wild foraged ingredients are increasingly popping up on Michelin-starred menus around the world, the communities who have traditionally subsisted on these foods are consuming them less and less. Baobab fruit and bush mango for vitamins and minerals... read more
Luxury brands could be harming the worlds forests
6 July, 2017
WWF
The world's forests are rapidly being wiped out, with an area the size of a football pitch lost every 2 seconds. This is why it's important for companies to source all their timber and wood products from well-managed forests that do not contribute towards global deforestation. read more
Portugal looks at Aussie style fire warnings
5 July, 2017
Timberbiz
Fire experts in Portugal are citing the need for Australian-style warning systems after the most devastating blaze in decades left 62 people dead. Locals in the town of Pedrogao Grande are struggling to understand how so many people died as they tried to flee the inferno. read more
Stricter water restrictions for Cape Town now in effect
5 July, 2017
Bizcommunity
The City of Cape Town has implemented Level 4b water restrictions with effect from July 2017 as dam levels remain critically low and reserves need to be built up during winter for the expected harsh summer months ahead. In supporting Level 4b restrictions, the city requires all water users... read more
Timber monument in U.K outdates Stonehendge by 800 years
21 June, 2017
Science alert
Thanks to modern radiocarbon dating techniques, archaeologists have managed to pin down the age of a huge timber monument close to Stonehenge, and it's much older than we thought - in fact it pre-dates the famous stone circle by 800 years. read more
Maternal effects on phenotype, resistance and the structuring of fungal communities in Eucalyptus grandis
20 June, 2017
FABI
The environmental experience of plants can modulate the development of the offspring and their interactions with other organisms. These effects, generally known as maternal effects, occur through seed provisioning and epigenetic modifications. read more

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