14 Jun 2024

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

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
7 Jun 2024

Dr Frédéric Bonin joins Annals of Forest Science as new associate editor

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,
7 Jun 2024

Dr Francesco Parisi joins Annals of Forest Science as new associate editor

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
7 Jun 2024

There is a need to better take into account forest soils in the planned soil monitoring law of the European Union

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
27 May 2024

Nested plot designs used in forest inventory do not accurately capture tree species richness in Southwestern European forests

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
23 May 2024

Whole-genome screening for near-diagnostic genetic markers for four western European white oak species identification

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
23 May 2024

The role of validation in optimization models for forest management

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
21 May 2024

MYB4 is the best candidate transcription factor involved in pinosylvin stilbene biosynthesis in Pinus strobus L. cells by fungal elicitor treatment

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
24 Apr 2024

Aggregated database of forest soil chemical properties in the Czech Republic based on surveys from 2000 to 2020

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,
3 Apr 2024

Improving monitoring and management methods is of the utmost importance in countries at risk of invasion by the pinewood nematode

Key message The invasive pine wood nematode is a major threat to pine forests worldwide, causing extensive tree mortality. Although scientific knowledge and control measures are continuously improving, important gaps remain. We argue that some key questions,