Review paper Archive

6 Dec 2023

Post-fire forest recovery at high latitudes: tree regeneration dominated by fire-adapted, early-seral species increases with latitude

Key message Above 40° N/S, increasing latitude is linked to greater post-fire tree regeneration. However, species dominance shifts from conifers to short-lived deciduous trees, which may negatively impact flora, fauna, and ecosystem services dependent on coniferous forests.
26 Oct 2023

Potential alternatives for Norway spruce wood: a selection based on defect-free wood properties

Key message The application of material selection principles uncovered eight possible alternative tree species (two deciduous and six coniferous species) to substitute Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) H. Karst.) and potentially prevent economic loss in European forest.
17 May 2022

Closing the gap between phenotyping and genotyping: review of advanced, image-based phenotyping technologies in forestry

Key message The lack of efficient phenotyping capacities has been recognized as a bottleneck in forestry phenotyping and breeding. Modern phenotyping technologies use systems equipped with various imaging sensors to automatically collect high volume phenotypic data that
19 Nov 2021

Molecular control to salt tolerance mechanisms of woody plants: recent achievements and perspectives

Key message Woody plants have salt-tolerant mechanisms similar to those developed by non-woody plants. Among others, compartmentalization of ions, production of compatible solutes, synthesis of specific proteins and metabolites, and induction of transcriptional factors are the most
30 Apr 2021

The relationship between plant growth and water consumption: a history from the classical four elements to modern stable isotopes

Key message The history of the relationship between plant growth and water consumption is retraced by following the progression of scientific thought through the centuries: from a purely philosophical question, to conceptual and methodological developments, towards a
15 Apr 2021

Multi-attribute decision making and geographic information systems: potential tools for evaluating forest ecosystem services

Key message Due to social and environmental changes over the last decade, managers use multi-attribute decision-making techniques and geographic information systems to support participatory planning. Several studies have indicated that the combined use improves forest planning by
13 Apr 2021

Interaction of drought and frost in tree ecophysiology: rethinking the timing of risks

Key message The increase in climate variability is likely to generate an increased occurrence of both frost-induced and drought-induced damages on perennial plants. We examined how these stress factors can potentially interact and would subsequently affect the
28 Jan 2021

Ecological insights into the coexistence of dormancy and desiccation-sensitivity in Arecaceae species

Key message Mechanisms controlling germination of > 2600 Arecaceae species adapted to the tropical forests are not clearly understood. This contribution underpins the notion that the coexistence of dormancy and desiccation sensitivity in some Arecaceae species could significantly
16 Oct 2020

On the knowns and unknowns of natural regeneration of silviculturally managed sessile oak (Quercus petraea (Matt.) Liebl.) forests—a literature review

Key message This literature review identified the main factors for the success of different silvicultural approaches to regenerate sessile oak naturally and unveiled at the same time important knowledge gaps. Most previous studies were only short-term and
9 Sep 2020

Development of improved and comprehensive growth and yield models for genetically improved stands

Key message This synthesis of the literature on incorporation of genetic gain into growth and yield models reveals a fundamental challenge associated with the rapid progress in genetics and breeding and limited empirical data on improved stands.