Biocontol against the invasive chesnut gall wasp: first data in Iberian Peninsula

Asian chestnut gall wasp (ACGW) currently constitutes a severe pest of chestnut trees (Castanea spp.) worldwide. This plague is mainly generated by a native species from China (Dryocosmus kuriphilus Yasumatsu, 1951) while other Chinese species is recently described (Dryocosmus zhuili Liu & Zhu, 2015) as cause of ACGW. The negative effects of ACGW on chestnuts …

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Remote sensing for the Spanish forests in the 21st century

In a context of complex demands on forest resources, we need to identify priorities for biodiversity and carbon budgets, requiring accurate tools with sufficient temporal frequency. Furthermore, understanding long-term forest dynamics is necessary for sustainable planning and management. Remote sensing is a powerful means for analysis, synthesis, and report that provides insights and contributes to …

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Innovative soil conditioners and mulches improve mountain forestation

A recent study published in Forest Systems journal discusses the interest of innovative planting techniques (soil conditioners and mulches) to improve the early performance of forestation in mountain conditions. The authors conducted a field experiment in upper montane conditions (1,400 m) in the southern Pyrenees (NE Spain), planted with mountain ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.). Some …

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From field work to AI: Machine learning can change the way for clasifying forests

An innovative work published in Forest systems journal shows the eficacy of machine learning for clasifying forests using remote sensing data. Authors developed a case study in Monteverde forests of Tenerife (Canary islands, Spain), an ancient ecosystems with a high level of protection due to its relictic flora and sensitivity to environmental change. As authors …

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