PhD-position in silviculture to evaluate forest regeneration chains // 31 March 2023The conditions for the future forest stands are established during the regeneration phase. In practical forestry, one experiences that today it is both more difficult and more expensive to establish conifer stands. Over 15 years, the cost has almost doubled, and damage caused by insects and other pests appears to be increasing. This in turn leads to poorer status of young forests. The regeneration chain consists of several elements that have so far been studied in relative isolation from each other. A better knowledge of the long-term impact of silvicultural measures and how they interact with each other is an important step in being able to improve and make the regeneration more efficient. The execution of the site preparation can, for example, have different effects on the growth of the seedlings, but also on the need of cleaning and thinning in the future. An overall assessment of the entire chain can lead to different conclusions than when each link is considered separately. The purpose of the project is thus to increase the understanding of which parts of the chain are critical for the success of the forest establishment and how different parts of the chain can be adapted to shape the forest in accordance with the goals of forestry.
Institution: Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Duty station: Alnarp, Sweden
Closing date: 31 March 2023
Details at: https://www.slu.se/en/about-slu/work-at-slu/jobs-vacancies/?rmpage=job&rmjob=7877&rmlang=UK