1.01.10 - Ecology and silviculture of pine



Hot off the press: Special Issue of Forest Ecology and Management

Mixed forests are strategic means of adapting forest management to climate change. Higher tree species diversity is expected to provide higher productivity, higher temporal stability, lower risk of biotic and abiotic disturbances and a more diverse portfolio of ecosystem services from forests. Although the knowledge base concerning the ecology of mixed forests has increased during the last decades, almost all forest research has been conducted in monocultures. As a result, there is a lack of knowledge about how to design and manage mixed forests, to sustain production and carbon sequestration, and mitigate abiotic and biotic risks. This special issue is a platform for bringing together high quality research on mixed forests dynamic and management with special emphasis on resilience to biotic and abiotic disturbances. Its main objective is thus to update the state-of-the-art scientific knowledge in various fields connected to both mixed forest functioning and management under global change.

del Rio, M., M. Löf, A. Bravo-Oviedo & H. Jactel (eds.) 2021: Mixed species forests. Risks, resilience and management. Forest Ecology and Management Special Issue, 24 peer-reviewed articles available online at https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/forest-ecology-and-management/special-issue/104SPZLN61X

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Teresa De Jesus Fidalgo Fonseca, Portugal


Gurveen Arora, India

Peter Spathelf, Germany

Wubalem Tadesse, Ethiopia

Xiongqing Zhang, China

About Unit

The working scope of this Unit is the research and promotion of Ecology and Silviculture of pine species studies. This Unit aims to promote the international cooperation in scientific studies embracing the whole field of research related to ecology and silviculture of pine forests and trees for the sustainability of the forest ecosystems and for the well-being of people that depend on them.

Our immediate plans are:
To divulgate the research that is being done on Ecology and Silviculture of Pine species. This will be pursued throughout the Unit web page, the Unit newsletter and the promotion of scientific and technical reunions.

To prepare an international meeting on pine ecology and silviculture that permits to synthesize the state-of-art of research and to identify the major drawbacks of science knowledge.

To promote the divulgation of national meetings and other events focused to the specific issues of pine ecossystems ecology or pine forests silviculture via the IUFRO web page. Whenever possible, to sponsor the events.

State of Knowledge

Pine forests mostly occupy the higher latitude regions of the northern hemisphere, as well as high altitude zones and some warm temperate areas, especially on unfavorable soils. Pines have been introduced in subtropical and temperate portions of the Southern Hemisphere, where they are grown widely as a source of timber. Changing policies lead to different silvicultural regimes.  Significant changes have occurred within the last 200 years as industrialized nations shifted from a biomass energy economy to fossil fuels. Further changes are likely to occur due to global change both climatic and social. Changing policies for agriculture and nature conservation in industrialized countries provide incentives for land use shifts from agriculture to forest.