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Pests and diseases

Invasive and uncontrolled pests, as well as the threat of diseases, can decimate populations of certain tree species and pose a major threat to Mediterranean forest areas. Research to improve understanding of the risk of pests and diseases can help practitioners and policymakers prevent forest vulnerability to these threats more effectively.

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Understanding RNA viruses in forest ecosystems to prevent future pandemics

Human pressure is greatly reducing the surface of European forest: more than half of Europe's forests have disappeared in the last 6,000...
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RNAi technologies for the control of Pine Pitch Canker

The RNAi4Fusarium project, headed by researcher Julio Javier Diez Casero, focuses on the study of Pine Pitch Canker (PPC), a disease responsible...
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Examining the Wide-Ranging Impact of COVID on Nature and Tourism Around the World

The past few years have been terrible on the environment, with a previous post on MedForest explaining how Europe saw the highest record...

Call for abstracts – 4th International Symposium on Forest Entomology and Pathology

The Karadeniz Technical University is organising the next "4th International Symposium on Forest Entomology and Pathology (ENFITO 2021)" which will take place...

Red wood ant nest transplants to assist biological control in forests

In this study, the authors analysed red wood ant nest transplant data collected from forest biocontrol sites in southern Turkey to determine...

Forest dieback in European State Forests and measures for its combat

According to a survey EUSTAFOR disseminated among its members, more than 1,2 million hectares of forests in 13 European countries have experienced...

Globalisation also endangers the health of forests

The introduction of exotic pests and diseases is one of the greatest environmental challenges in the world, according to the Forest Pathology...

Get involved in the Plant Health TV competition 2020

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). In this context, many events will be organised to...

Phytophthora in Mediterranean Ecosystems

The 9th Meeting of the IUFRO Working Party 7.02.09 Phytophthora diseases on forest trees was held on 17-25 October 2019 in La...

Pests, diseases and climate change impact on chestnut and pine nut supply

An interregional workshop on "Wild harvested nuts and berries in time of new pests, diseases and climate change", brought together stakeholders from...

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The environmental impacts of a large-scale transition to timber cities

Researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) carried out a study on the building sector's transition towards bioeconomy in...

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