Shot Hole Borer Invasion Places FABI In The Spotlight
13 December, 2018
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...
An Online DNA Sequence Database To Support Forest-Pest Management
5 December, 2018
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
Wood density at risk in changing growing conditions
21 November, 2018
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
Teratosphaeria stem canker of Eucalyptus: two pathogens, one devastating disease
20 November, 2018
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...
Beetle Mania: The Nasty insect That Is Killing the Trees of Johannesburg
26 October, 2018
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
Expansion of oil palm plantations into forests appears to be changing local diets in Indonesia
19 October, 2018
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...
What southern Africa needs to do to manage rising temperatures
18 October, 2018
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.
Shell boss says mass reforestation needed to limit temperature rises to 1.5C
16 October, 2018
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...
Species-rich forests store twice as much carbon as monocultures
12 October, 2018
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.
Conflicting Data: How Fast Is the World Losing its Forests?
11 October, 2018
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