21 Jan 2021

A multi-criteria analysis of forest restoration strategies to improve the ecosystem services supply: an application in Central Italy

Key message A multi-criteria analysis can be an interesting tool to assess the effects of silvicultural treatments on ecosystem services supply. In the degraded forests, thinning has a positive effect on the provision of ecosystem services such
20 Jan 2021

Short life–fast death: decomposition rates of woody plants leaf- and herb-litter

Key message Decomposition of forest herb species litter was not always completed in less than a year and was not always faster than decomposition of tree leaf litter in an oak-hornbeam forest in Western Poland. Litter decomposition
15 Jan 2021

Potential distributions of seven sympatric sclerophyllous oak species in Southwest China depend on climatic, non-climatic, and independent spatial drivers

Key message An ensemble modelling approach was performed to predict the distributions of seven sympatric sclerophyllous oak species in the Hengduan Mountains of Southwest China. Spatial eigenvector filters revealed missing factors in addition to commonly used environmental
14 Jan 2021

Analysis of plot-level volume increment models developed from machine learning methods applied to an uneven-aged mixed forest

Key message We modeled 10-year net stand volume growth with four machine learning (ML) methods, i.e., artificial neural networks (ANN), support vector machines (SVM), random forests (RF), and nearest neighbor analysis (NN), and with linear regression analysis.
13 Jan 2021

Modeling size-density trajectories of even-aged ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) stands in France. A baseline to assess the impact of Chalara ash dieback

Key message A piecewise polynomial function already used to represent the size-density trajectories of pure even-aged stands of beech, oak, and Douglas-fir proved its ability to represent the size-density trajectories of a new species, ash. The widespread
11 Jan 2021

Accounting for competition in multi-environment tree genetic evaluations: a case study with hybrid pines

Key message A novel multi-environment competition individual-tree mixed model resulted in better fit, and greater individual narrow- and broad-sense heritabilities than the model without competition, notably for traits showing competition. In multi-environment tests, the proposed model would
8 Jan 2021

Secondary metabolites in leaves of hybrid aspen are affected by the competitive status and early thinning in dense coppices

Key message Non-selective thinning of a hybrid aspen coppice stands via corridor or cross-corridor cutting impacts residual trees differently depending on their competitive status. Suppressed residual trees’ metabolic profile indicates increased stress level, especially after cross-corridor thinning.
7 Dec 2020

Annals of Forest Science becomes “PCI-friendly”. An important move towards the recognition of the role of preprints.

Annals of Forest Science already accepts the submission of manuscripts that were first made available as a preprint (i.e., manuscripts deposited on an open server before submission to a journal) on a public repository for dissemination, scientific
17 Nov 2020

Does recent fire activity impact fire-related traits of Pinus halepensis Mill. and Pinus sylvestris L. in the French Mediterranean area?

Key message Climate change will induce a change in fire frequency in Mediterranean region and that could impact fire-adapted plant species. We showed that fire-related traits of some pine species are strongly related to other factors than
4 Nov 2020

Drought responses and their effects on radial stem growth of two co-occurring conifer species in the Mediterranean mountain range

Key message Patterns of stem radial variations showed that Cedrus libani A. Rich. was less limited by summer drought than co-occurring Juniperus excelsa M. Bieb. Cedrus libani recovered faster from tree water deficit and showed significantly higher