Opinion paper Archive

30 Mar 2020

Rethinking global carbon storage potential of trees. A comment on Bastin et al. (2019)

Abstract Key Message Bastin et al. 2019 use two flawed assumptions: 1) that the area suitable for restoration does not contain any carbon currently, and 2) that soil organic carbon (SOC) from increased canopy cover will accumulate
17 Dec 2019

Wood formation and tree adaptation to climate

This special issue of Annals of Forest Science compiles ten papers on “Wood formation and tree adaptation to climate”, which were presented at “Le Studium” International Conference in May 2018 in Orléans (France). These papers present observational,
20 Nov 2019

The cause of bark stripping of young plantation trees

The author of this opinion paper, Dr Thomas White, passed away on 27th August 2019. Herbivorous mammals, from small voles to large ungulates, strip and eat the bark of young plantation trees. They do this most frequently
16 May 2019

Opportunities and challenges for an Indonesian forest monitoring network

Permanent sampling plots (PSPs) are a powerful and reliable methodology to help our understanding of the diversity and dynamics of tropical forests. Based on the current inventory of PSPs in Indonesia, there is high potential to establish
10 May 2019

Implementing forest landscape restoration under the Bonn Challenge: a systematic approach

There is no one-size-fits-all way to successfully implement forest landscape restoration (FLR). Complex socio-ecological systems present challenges and opportunities that can best be met with a systematic framework for designing, planning, steering, and monitoring FLR projects to
9 May 2019

On the need to consider wood formation processes in global vegetation models and a suggested approach

Dynamic global vegetation models are key tools for interpreting and forecasting the responses of terrestrial ecosystems to climatic variation and other drivers. They estimate plant growth as the outcome of the supply of carbon through photosynthesis. However,
7 May 2019

Forest adaptation to climate change—is non-management an option?

Climate change is posing a considerable challenge to foresters. The intensity of required adaptive measures and the relevance of old-growth forests as benchmark for managed forests are debated. Forest managers need to make decisions on stand treatment
23 Dec 2018

The recurrent evolution of extremely resistant xylem

Highly resistant xylem has evolved multiple times over the past 400 million years. Scott A M MacAdam & Amanda A Cardoso Water is transported under tension in xylem and consequently is vulnerable to invasion by air and
3 Jul 2018

Managing tree species diversity and ecosystem functions through coexistence mechanisms

A better transfer to managers of studies examining the functional role of tree species diversity would be achieved by explicitly addressing two missing links: the effect of management interventions on coexistence mechanisms and the relationships between coexistence
16 May 2018

Adaptive measures: integrating adaptive forest management and forest landscape restoration

Topical collection: Forest Adaptation and Restoration under Global Change Adaptive Forest Management and Forest Landscape Restoration do not contradict – ecosystem integrity and health are benefits and central goals in both concepts, and thus can be integrated.