Is climate change the cause of Norway spruce decay in Central Europe?

Drought is an important and frequent causal factor of forest decline. Forest resilience to drought mainly depends on drought intensity, but it may also depend on tree species or specific functional traits. Norway spruce (Picea abies) is one of the most drought-sensitive European tree species because it is a water-demanding species often having a shallow root system. …

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Optimizing wood production and C sequestration: an example of bioeconomy in teak plantations

Teak (Tectona grandis L.f.) is being planted at increasing rates in tropical regions of Asia, Africa, and America. Commercial teak forest plantations must be managed intensively to obtain maximum profitability, however, an increasing awareness of society in environmental issues implies the need of reaching a trade-off between economic and environmental benefits. Today, many countries and private …

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The Caspian forests of Northern Iran: scientific results in little-known ecosystems

Two interesting works about Caspian forests of Northern Iran were published in the last Forest Systems issue. This little-known and singular ecosystems were histori­cally comprised of broadleaved deciduous forests that covered an area of 1.8 million ha, contained 15% of the total forests of Iran and represented 1.1% of the country’s area. It is a …

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