Opinion paper Archive

30 Mar 2021

Exploring new frontiers in forecasting forest growth, yield and wood property variation

Key message Modern forest managers operate in a world characterised by increasing variability in multiple factors impacting forest productivity, survival and product quality. Being able to predict, as accurately as possible, how forests will develop in the
26 Jan 2021

Recent increase in European forest harvests as based on area estimates (Ceccherini et al. 2020a) not confirmed in the French case

Key message A recent paper by Ceccherini et al.( 2020a ) reported an abrupt increase of 30% in the French harvested forest area in 2016–2018 compared to 2004–2015. A re-analysis of their data rather led us to
15 Oct 2020

Defining correct dormancy class matters: morphological and morphophysiological dormancy in Arecaceae

Key message Dormancy in Arecaceae diaspores is due to underdeveloped embryos, therefore, morphological dormancy or morphophysiological dormancy. Consequently, claims such as external seed structures inhibit germination, embryos are fully developed at maturity, and underdeveloped embryo is not
2 Sep 2020

Establishment of second-growth forests in human landscapes: ecological mechanisms and genetic consequences

Key message This special issue gathers articles arising from the ERA-NET BiodivERsA3 research project “Unraveling the Potential of Spontaneous Forest Establishment for Improving Ecosystem Functions and Services in Dynamic Landscapes (SPONFOREST)”. Using a broad spectrum of research
31 Aug 2020

Social sciences have so much more to bring to climate studies in forest research: a French case study

Key message Faced with wicked problems such as climate change, managers of complex forest social-ecological systems require more than experimental sciences alone. Yet, mitigation and adaptation studies underuse social sciences in forest research, as shown here with
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