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timberbiz -7 hours ago

US Forest Service reflects on highs and lows of 2020

Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, the USDA Forest Service announced it surpassed goals and set records in 2020. Source: Timberbiz “2020 was a challenging year, with record wildland fire activity and the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the Forest Service, we have risen above these challenges and set our minds, hands and hearts to carrying out our mission to meet the needs of the communi...

Springer -21 hours ago

Organic anion-transporting polypeptides are involved in the elimination of insecticides from the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum

Abstract Organic anion-transporting polypeptides (OATPs) are integral membrane transporters that mediate cellular uptake of a broad range of substrates in humans. The functions of OATPs in insects are less well investigated and only poorly understood. A large number of compounds potentially toxic to insects are organic anions that include secondary plant an...

USFS -yesterday

Sporax and Cellu-Treat

A root rot caused by a Heterobasidion species of fungi is widespread in coniferous forests of California and can cause a huge amount of growth loss and death of infected trees. Applications of the borax containing pesticides Sporax and Cellu-Treat to recently cut stumps can be highly effective at preventing the spread of this fungus....

timberbiz -2 days ago

Not all NSW timber industry affected by China ban

The local timber industry in the Snowy Valleys has been largely unaffected by the recent ban on New South Wales timber being imported to China. Source: Tumut and Adelong Times Just before Christmas, China suspended imports of timber from NSW and Western Australia, with local customs officers reporting to have found pests in cargoes from those states. The ban followed on from a separate ban in Nove...

IUFRO -2 days ago

ITMN Seminar #2 - Tree mortality in the Amazon

A seminar by the International Tree Mortality Network ITMN - an initiative of the IUFRO Task Force on Monitoring Global Tree Mortality Patterns and Trends. Speaker: Flávia Costa, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (Brazilian Institute of Amazonian Research) - INPA, Brazil Tree mortality across local hydrological gradients: how water table depth may save or condemn trees as climate ch...

IUFRO -2 days ago

Seeing the forest for the trees

Seeing the forest for the trees Guest blog via Sri Lanka’s Ecosystem Conservation and Management Project ESCAMP; first published on Seeing the forest for the trees – ESCAMP Forty Forest Department’s and other stakeholders participated in a trainingorganized and financed by International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)learning best restoration practices of forest la...

timberbiz -2 days ago

China adjusts import tariffs while closing the door to Australian timber

On 1 January 2021 China adjusted import tariffs on commodities including some of those in the most favoured nation (MFN) category, conventional tariffs and provisional tariffs commodities. This was in response to the various trade deals agreed including the Free Trade Agreement between China and Mauritius. Source: Tropical Timber Market Report Further tariff reductions will be made under the...

timberbiz -2 days ago

NZ wilding control program may have residual problems

New Zealand is undertaking one of the largest wilding pine control programs in the world. The spread of wilding pines threatens the ecology and economy of indigenous grasslands, scrublands and forests, especially in the South Island high country. Source: Timberbiz Wilding pines are self-sown conifers originating from early forestry, shelterbelt and farm plantings. Around two million hectares in Ne...

Springer -3 days ago

Cumulative effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on the forest carbon balance in the oil sands region of Alberta, Canada; a pilot study (1985–2012)

Abstract Background Assessing cumulative effects of anthropogenic and natural disturbances on forest carbon (C) stocks and fluxes, because of their relevance to climate change, is a requirement of environmental impact assessments (EIAs) in Canada. However, tools have not been developed specifically for these purposes, and in particul...

USFS -3 days ago

Soil mineral nitrogen changes following prescribed burning in ponderosa pine

<p>In a ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa&nbsp;Laws.) forest near Flagstaff, AZ, USA, there was a striking pattern in forest characteristics, consisting of substands of old-growth trees (28–120 cm diameter at breast height (dbh) and 200–500 years old) and of saplings (1.5–10 cm dbh and 60–70 years old) in a matrix of pole-sized trees (10–28 cm dbh and 60–100 years old). Tree si...

USFS -3 days ago

Urban plant ecophysiology

Plants have long been cultivated to improve quality of life in dense human settlements, mitigating the environmental stresses of urban living. Urban landscape elements include gardens, trees and lawns designed to provide aesthetic and functional benefits to local residents, as well as urban natural areas that reflect the native biome vegetation. Different types of informal green space are typicall...

IUFRO -3 days ago

IUFRO WP 7.03.16 & 7.03.05 – Webinar Series 2021 on Behavioral and Chemical Ecology of Bark and Woodboring Insects: Visual Ecology of Forest Beetles

From 2021-02-04 to 2021-02-04, , online, IUFRO Unit(s) involved: 7.03.16, 7.03.05 Vision is a key sensory modality for most beetles (Coleoptera), which form the largest insect order with more than 350,000 described species. Within the order, a large variety of eye types (e.g. apposition and superposition design), eye sizes (from a few dozens to several thousand ommatidia per eye) and photoreceptor...

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