Monthly Archive:: September 2016

18 Sep 2016

Comparing close-to-nature silviculture with processes in pristine forests: lessons from Central Europe

Introduction The term close-to-nature silviculture already contains some ambiguity since (silvi) culture implies the act of forest use. This notion was coined a long time ago by well-known silviculturists (Gayer 1885; Engler 1905; Leibundgut 1943 and more)
18 Sep 2016

Influence of tree species, tree diameter and soil types on wood density and its radial variation in a mid-altitude rainforest in Madagascar

In a tropical rainforest of Madagascar, tree species differed in average wood density depending on their light requirements and on the soil type. Tree diameter had no effect. None of these factors influenced the variation of density
8 Sep 2016

Root architecture might account for contrasting establishment success of Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii and Pinus sylvestris in Central Europe under dry conditions

Pinus sylvestris seedlings quickly expand their roots to deeper soil layers while Pseudotsuga menziesii concentrates its root system in the topsoil, thereby running the risk of desiccation during long dry spells, as indicated by lower survival after
8 Sep 2016

50 years Annals of Forest Science: Deciphering the ozone-induced changes in cellular processes: a prerequisite for ozone risk assessment at the tree and forest levels

Ozone, one of the major atmospheric pollutants, alters tree growth, mainly by decreasing carbon assimilation and allocation to stems and roots. To date, the mechanisms of O3 impact at the cellular level have been investigated mainly on
7 Sep 2016

Celebrating 50 years of Annals of Forest Science – free access to the Special Issue till Septembre 30

Annals of Forest Science is proud to present a series of review papers published in a special issue to celebrate its 50th anniversary. These papers were written by prominent scientists in the fields of tree biology, forest
3 Sep 2016

Improving the design of long-term monitoring experiments in forests: a new method for the assessment of local soil variability by combining infrared spectroscopy and dendrometric data

Key message Near- and mid-infrared spectroscopy allows for the detection of local patterns of forest soil properties. In combination with dendrometric data, it may be used as a prospective tool for determining soil heterogeneity before setting up
3 Sep 2016

A new approach to prediction of the age-age correlation for use in tree breeding

Early selection in tree breeding requires a credible age-age correlation. Modelling height growth in provenance and progeny trials, we can predict age-age correlations suitable for use in operational breeding as described in this article. Abstract Tree breeding
3 Sep 2016

Multidimensional scaling of first-return airborne laser echoes for prediction and model-assisted estimation of a distribution of tree stem diameters

We demonstrate how multidimensional scaling can be used to combine forest inventory field data and airborne laser scanner data to obtain both predictions and model-assisted estimation of a tree stem diameter distribution. • Abstract The size distribution
3 Sep 2016

Leaf litter decomposition in urban forests: test of the home-field advantage hypothesis

The home-field advantage (HFA) hypothesis states that leaf litter decomposes faster in the habitat from which it was derived (i.e., home) than beneath a different plant species (i.e., away from home). We conducted reciprocal translocation experiments to