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16 March 2022

Storms and Forest Storm Damage in Winter 2021-2022

After a period of relative quiet over the last couple of decades strong damaging winds returned to northern and north-western parts of Europe. A series of strong and even severe storms have caused a very large amount of damage across Ireland, UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Lithuania, Poland and Norway. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021%E2%80%9322_European_windstorm_season

Storm Arwen from […]



15 March 2022

An integrated approach to extreme wildfires in Europe

Experts from all over Europe join forces to build a more fire-resilient EU

The website of the Horizon2020 project FIRE-RES goes online today

Extreme Wildfire Events a major threat for the whole Europe, mainly due to the consequences of climate change. The areas affected by the phenomenon are experiencing fires that break records in terms of burnt […]



10 December 2021

A new version of the Silvalert application developed for the reporting of hylobius abietis in the Hylobe meta-project

The weevil (Hylobius abietis, L.) is the main pest of young softwood plantations in Europe and also in France. This insect wreaks havoc in pine, spruce, Douglas fir or larch plantations after clear-cutting. The most severe attacks in France are not surprisingly found in regions where planted coniferous woodlands predominate, especially along the Bordeaux-Metz diagonal. […]



20 April 2021

Maximizing forest yield and minimizing climatic risk factors

Sustainable forest management plays a key role in climate mitigation strategies. This is due to the carbon sequestration potential of forests and their provision of raw materials that can substitute materials with higher carbon footprints.



11 March 2021

REINFFORCE Arboretums: Sentinel devices against pathogens at the European level.

Between 2011 and 2013, thanks to the REINFFORCE project of the Interreg Atlantic Area programme, a collection of 38 arboretums with different origins from 32 different forest species was established along the European Atlantic coast (from Scotland to Portugal). The aim was to observe their growth, phenology and condition that different diseases and pests […]



23 September 2020

Assisting forest managers in assessing insect defoliation impacts

Gonipterus by jorapavi, Jose Ramon Pato – Flickr.com, CC BY-SA 2.0
Eucalyptus globulus Labill. plantations in the Iberian Peninsula occupy nearly 1.5 Million ha but Millions of Euros are being lost due to growth decreases caused by insect defoliation. The existence of tools capable of estimating the impact defoliation has on growth is crucial for helping […]



Assessing tree stability in spruce plantations (the MARCSMAN project)

Under the scope of the MARCSMAN project, a PhD study focusing on snow and wind damage in actively managed Norway spruce forests in Norway has been started by Peter Zubkoc in NIBIO. The student will be working with Barry Gardiner, the risk work package leader, at IEFC in order to familiarize himself with the ForestGales […]



HOMED project : assessing 18 months of work on emerging biotic risks

Due to global change, forests are exposed to unprecedented threats from non-native pests and pathogens (PnPs). In Europe, their number has increased and continues to increase dramatically. Currently, the greatest damage in European forests is often caused by these invasive alien PnPs, whose emergence might be promoted by climate change. The overall aim of HOMED […]



15 April 2020

Advancing in the control of the pine wilt disease

Three tolerant Pinus pinaster families, from the breeding program of the Lourizán Forest Research Center, are included in the Spanish Forest Reproductive Material Catalogue
Pine wilt disease, caused by the nematode Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, is the main threat to pine stands in Europe. Breeding for tolerance to this nematode is one of the main strategies for coping […]