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Aurecon engages with communities to adopt Champion Trees
28 February, 2017
aurecon
Champion Trees have been identified among South Africa's 1 700 indigenous species of trees and shrubs, and even non-indigenous varieties, to be of national importance due to their remarkable size, age, or aesthetic, cultural, historic and tourism value. Some of them are...
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Growing collaborations between FABI and Japanese Forest and Forest Products Research Institute
28 February, 2017
FABI
FABI has been developing relationships and collaborations with researchers at the Forest and Forest Product Research Institute (FFPRI) in Japan since 2007. Currently researchers in these two groups have an NRF-bilaterally funded project on the characterization of the diversity... read more
Network-based integration of systems genetics data,reveals pathways associated with lignocellulosic,biomass accumulation and processing
23 February, 2017
FABI
As a consequence of their remarkable adaptability, fast growth, and superior wood properties, eucalypt tree plantations have emerged as key renewable feedstocks (over 20 million ha globally) for the production of pulp, paper, bioenergy, and other lignocellulosic products. read more
The Vertical Forest comes to China
21 February, 2017
Treehugger
For a long time this TreeHugger was skeptical of hugging Stefano Boeri's Vertical Forest concept, but others thought it the most beautiful and important high-rise in the world. Now Boeri is building his third complex, the Nanjing Vertical Forest. It will have 1100 trees from 23 local species... read more
Ambitious greenhouse gas emissions commitment approved by Science Based Targets Initiative
14 February, 2017
Husqvarna
Husqvarna Group is the world's first forest and garden company, to have its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative. read more
Forest biodiversity research revolutionised
14 February, 2017
Friday Offcuts
A team of scientists from Australia, Brazil and Spain have joined forces to develop the most sophisticated remote monitoring system ever used to track the diminishing biodiversity of South America's Amazon Jungle. The project will revolutionise the way biodiversity is monitore... read more
Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year
14 February, 2017
New york
Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016, trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that... read more
First FABI PhD awarded for 2017
14 February, 2017
FABI
Birhan Abate is the latest student at FABI to complete a PhD degree and the first to deliver a prestige seminar in 2017. He passed his PhD oral examination on 27 January, a day after presenting his prestige seminar. Prof. Mike Wingfield presented him with a framed certificate of completion... read more
Antifungal actinomycetes associated with the pine bark beetle, Orthotomicus erosus, in South Africa
14 February, 2017
Fabi
Actinomycete bacteria are often associated with insects that have a mutualistic association with fungi. These bacteria are believed to be important to this insect-fungus association as they produce antibiotics that exclude other saprophytic fungi from the immediate environment. read more
New FSC Africa members platform available
13 February, 2017
FSC
During our 2016 members meeting in Johannesburg, our members asked us to create more platforms and opportunities to improve communication between different chambers and also create a more unified Africa membership base. As a starting point to responding... read more
Chile Is Battling the Worst Wildfire in Its History
9 February, 2017
Foreign Policy
Chile is battling the worst wildfire in its history, and is now pleading for international assistance after months of trying to bring deadly fires under control. Drought, strong winds, and high temperatures have stoked a series of fires in Central Chile since November... read more
Photographing one of the world's tallest trees in Tasmania's Styx Valley
9 February, 2017
abc news
It took 67 days, 12,000 images and a climb to stomach-churning heights, but photographer Steven Pearce finally got the image he was after of the world's tallest flowering plant, Tasmania's eucalyptus regnans. The Styx Valley, past the township of Maydena, about 100 kilometres... read more
Ministry to drive awareness of new crop pest
8 February, 2017
TAPPSA
SINCE the positive identification of the Fall Army Worm in South Africa, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) has said it will drive awareness and give farmers technical information and control options. The worm, native to South and Central America... read more
Stora Enso shows in Lahti World Ski Championships what a tree can do
2 February, 2017
Stora Enso
The renewable materials company Stora Enso is the presenting sponsor of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland (22 February - 5 March 2017). Stora Enso and Lahti2017 are together leading the way in promoting and supporting sustainable events... read more

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