Diversity, composition, and structure of a 1-hectare tree plot in the cloud forest of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia
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by Véronique Lesage
1w ago
Key message We present data from a new delimited 1-ha forest plot on the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia and describe its tree diversity, composition, and structure. This data can be used in regional analyses and help to refine remote sensing models. Future censuses will provide data on the demographics of rare, endangered, and endemic trees that can be used for their conservation. Dataset access is at https://doi.org/10.15472/ftwol2. Associated metadata are available at https://metadata-afs.nancy.inra.fr/geonetwork/srv/fre/catalog.search#/metadata/a4a7855f-4cb2-459b-a1a2-287bd1e6d587 ..read more
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Interannual radial growth response of Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco) to severe droughts: an analysis along a gradient of soil properties and rooting characteristics
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by Véronique Lesage
3w ago
Key message We analyzed stem growth responses of Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco) to severe drought in 2003/04 and 2018. The results showed high drought tolerance in sandy, loamy, and most silty soils, with limitations on clayey soils. This study indicates the susceptibility of Douglas-firs with shallow root systems to extreme drought and the importance of deep rooting for high drought resilience. Keywords Drought tolerance, Resilience, Extreme drought stress, Soil texture, Rooting depth, Comparison with Norway spruce Publication Spangenberg, G., Zimmermann, R., Küppers, M ..read more
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Dr Frédéric Bonin joins Annals of Forest Science as new associate editor
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by Véronique Lesage
3w ago
We are pleased to welcome Dr Frédéric Bonin to the Associate Editorial Board of Annals of Forest Science. Frédéric Bonin’s research is twofold, linked to forest planning and change management. He holds a PhD in management sciences, through which he explored the adaptation of the organizational routines of forest planning in the context of grand challenges. His current research focuses on exploring participatory and nimble approaches of forest planning, on the one hand. He is particularly interested in issues relating to the organizational design of forest planning and its governance approaches ..read more
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Dr Francesco Parisi joins Annals of Forest Science as new associate editor
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by Véronique Lesage
1M ago
We are pleased to welcome Dr Francesco Parisi to the Associate Editorial Board of Annals of Forest Science. Francesco Parisi is currently a researcher at the University of Molise, Italy. He holds a PhD in Crops and Forestry Quality and Protection, and a Master’s degree in “Natural capital and protected areas: planning, design and management”, La Sapienza University. As a Postdoc, he carried out his study activities in Forest Sciences at the University of Molise and at the University of Florence. His research activity focuses on ecology and forest management, ecology of saproxylic insects, moni ..read more
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There is a need to better take into account forest soils in the planned soil monitoring law of the European Union
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by Véronique Lesage
1M ago
Key message A Soil Monitoring Law to improve soil health across all land uses has been proposed by the European Commission. As forests soils have different chemical and physical properties as well as biogeochemical dynamics compared to agricultural land, they also face different challenges in maintaining and restoring soil health. Examples are soil acidification, eutrophication by atmospheric deposition, responses to climate change, and loss of biodiversity. Therefore, we propose forest soil specific health descriptors and thresholds based on experience and knowledge from existing long-term mo ..read more
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Nested plot designs used in forest inventory do not accurately capture tree species richness in Southwestern European forests
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by Irène Gabriel
1M ago
Key message Nested plot designs with concentric plots with increasing radii and size threshold underestimate tree species richness with respect to full census sampling with no tree size restrictions. Regeneration emerged as the most relevant pool for tree species richness estimation. Keywords Big data; Biodiversity monitoring; Ecosystem functionality; Forest communities; Mediterranean; Sampling; Species composition; Woodlands Publication Moreno-Fernández, D., Cañellas, I., Hernández, L. et al. Nested plot designs used in forest inventory do not accurately capture tree species richness in South ..read more
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Whole-genome screening for near-diagnostic genetic markers for four western European white oak species identification
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by Véronique Lesage
1M ago
Key message Mining genome-wide DNA sequences enabled the discovery of near-diagnostic markers for species assignment in four European white oaks (Quercus petraea (Matt.) Liebl., Quercus pubescens Willd., Quercus pyrenaica Willd., and Quercus robur L.) despite their low interspecific differentiation. Near-diagnostic markers are almost fully fixed in one species and absent in the three others. As a result, only a handful of markers are needed for species identification, making this genetic assay a very promising operational taxonomic assignment procedure in research and forestry. Keywords Quercu ..read more
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The role of validation in optimization models for forest management
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by Véronique Lesage
1M ago
Key message A validation convention can be established for forest management optimization models. It consists of (1) the delivery of face validation, (2) performing at least one other validation technique, and (3) an explicit discussion of how the optimization model fulfills the stated purpose. Validation by potential users or external experts is of high importance. Keywords Ecological modelling, Decision support system, Verification, Model credibility, Sensitivity analysis, Environmental management Publication Janová, J., Bödeker, K., Bingham, L. et al. The role of validation in optimization ..read more
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MYB4 is the best candidate transcription factor involved in pinosylvin stilbene biosynthesis in Pinus strobus L. cells by fungal elicitor treatment
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by Véronique Lesage
1M ago
Key message Dihydropinosylvin monomethyl ether (DPME) and pinosylvin monomethyl ether (PME) are pinosylvin derivatives that show high nematicidal activity against pine wood nematodes (PWNs). Here, we found that fungal elicitor treatment boosted the production of DPME and PME in cultured Pinus strobus L. cells and investigated the transcription factors (TFs) regulating the genes in the pinosylvin stilbenoid biosynthesis pathway. Keywords Pinus strobus, Pinosylvin derivatives, Fungal elicitor, Transcriptome analysis, Transcription factor Publication Kim, Y.R., Moon, Y.B., Choi, H.B. et al. MYB4 ..read more
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Aggregated database of forest soil chemical properties in the Czech Republic based on surveys from 2000 to 2020
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by Irène Gabriel
2M ago
Key message The dataset includes data from forest soil surveys conducted in the period 2000–2020. It provides soil and site variables from 8269 locations. Data are aggregated in three basic soil layers: upper organic soil horizon (FH, 6875 locations), upper mineral layer 0–30 cm (M03, 8051 locations) and deeper mineral soil layer 30–80 cm (M38, 2260 locations). The dataset is available at https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10608814, and access to the metadata is at https://metadata-afs.nancy.inra.fr/geonetwork/srv/fre/catalog.search#/metadata/38f24573-3c0d-469a-a66a-7060ce082155. Keywords Soil dat ..read more
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