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Shot Hole Borer Invasion Places FABI In The Spotlight
13 December, 2018
Fabi
The invasion of the tree-killing Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) in South Africa has gained wide attention in the printed and digital media over the past few months, not only in South Africa, but also abroad. Many of these articles, interviews and videos featured interviews... read more
An Online DNA Sequence Database To Support Forest-Pest Management
5 December, 2018
FABI
Insect pests challenge the sustainability of both natural forests and plantation forestry worldwide. Globally the number of invasive insect pests has been shown to increase rapidly in recent years. A common challenge in dealing with these pests is the accurate and rapid identification... read more
Wood density at risk in changing growing conditions
21 November, 2018
Wood density at risk in changing growing conditions
Global warming and changes in weather patterns are affecting tree growth and may have a significant economic impact on the forest and wood products industries worldwide. This will also affect Australia but for different reasons. read more
Teratosphaeria stem canker of Eucalyptus: two pathogens, one devastating disease
20 November, 2018
Fabi
Teratosphaeria gauchensis and T. zuluensis are closely related fungi that cause Teratosphaeria (previously Coniothyrium) stem canker disease on Eucalyptus species propagated in plantations for commercial purposes. This disease is present in many countries... read more
Beetle Mania: The Nasty insect That Is Killing the Trees of Johannesburg
26 October, 2018
Beetle Mania: The Nasty Insect That Is Killing the Trees of Johannesburg
You don't notice the dead trees until you start looking for them, and then you realize just how many there are," says Hilton Fryer, a data science consultant. He's talking about dead trees in Johannesburg, the hustling metropolis that began life in 1886 as a ragtag collection read more
Expansion of oil palm plantations into forests appears to be changing local diets in Indonesia
19 October, 2018
CIFOR
When Rosalina Heni is not working in the rice paddy fields in Ribang Kadeng village in the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, she gathers vegetables in the surrounding forest for her family to eat. By contrast, in nearby Sekadu Village... read more
What southern Africa needs to do to manage rising temperatures
18 October, 2018
What southern Africa needs to do to manage rising temperatures
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a special report outlining what would need to be done to keep the world from warming up by more than 1.5°C. That target level came from deliberations in 2010, with countries around the world setting 1.5 degrees. read more
Shell boss says mass reforestation needed to limit temperature rises to 1.5C
16 October, 2018
Shell boss says mass reforestation needed to limit temperature rises to 1.5C
The boss of Shell has said a huge tree-planting project the size of the Amazon rainforest would be needed to meet a tougher global warming target, as he argued more renewable energy alone would not be enough.Ben van Beurden said it would be a major challenge to limit temperature... read more
Species-rich forests store twice as much carbon as monocultures
12 October, 2018
Species-rich forests store twice as much carbon as monocultures
Halle (Saale), Germany/Zurich, Switzerland/Beijing, China. Species-rich subtropical forests can take up, on average, twice as much carbon as monocultures. This has been reported by an international research team in the professional journal Science. read more
Conflicting Data: How Fast Is the World Losing its Forests?
11 October, 2018
Conflicting Data: How Fast Is the World Losing its Forests?
The latest UN report on climate says reducing deforestation is crucial to slowing global warming. But researchers must first reconcile two contradictory sets of statistics on tree loss in order to determine whether promises made by nations to protect and restore forests are on target. read more

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