Fungal genomes reveal wood-rotting secrets
27 June, 2014
Many of you might be familiar with the brown rot and white rot
fungi of wood, some of which being referred to as 'bracket' fungi based
on their fruiting bodies on stumps and logs. Below a summary and a link
to the full story from The Scientist
of how the genome sequences of these fungi are revealing wood-rotting secrets.
Tree Improvement in Eucalyptus nitens - what have we learnt?
23 June, 2014
Invitation to ICFR/SAIF Occasional Seminar: Tree Improvement in Eucalyptus nitens - what have we learnt?
The effect of fungal pathogens on the water and carbon economy of trees
20 June, 2014
A very good, recent review paper by a research
group in Sweden with whom several FABIANs collaborate and have close
links. Altough quite technical at places, the
paper provides new insights into this topic, that I think will be
equally interesting for foresters, tree breeders and those of us working
on the pests and disease side.
3,200 Year Old Tree
17 June, 2014
every tree has a nickname, but 'The President' has earned it. This
giant sequoia standsat 247 feet tall, and is estimated to be over
3,200 years old. Imagine, this tree was already 1200 years old when
Jesus walked the earth.
Decoding of Eucalyptus tree genome unlocks new possibilities for renewable fibre, fuel and biomaterials
12 June, 2014
Decoding of Eucalyptus tree genome unlocks new possibilities for renewable fibre,
fuel and biomaterials - Better
and more wood, fibre and cellulose - and possibly even future jet fuel!
Tree Protection Newsletter - May 2014
10 June, 2014
with news about the recent TPCP
annual meetings in FABI, biological control and new pests and diseases
attacking forestry crops in South Africa.
New Disease of Black Wattle
2 June, 2014
Earlier this year a new disease of Acacia mearnsii (black wattle)
was reported to the TPCP by farmers in the KZN Midlands. This disease
causes significant damage to trees and work is underway, by the TPCP,
ICFR and NCT to find solutions for the management of the problem.