Sept 2021: SwissForestLab announces a joint call for a project co-funded by LabexArbre (France).
How genome analyses can help us to understand the forest ecosystem and adapt it to climate change was the subject of a conference at WSL.
This year's summer school focused on forest monitoring and was attended by 24 enthusiastic students from all over the world.
Researchers use spectral data from drone photos to reveal the health condition of trees.
A long-term study shows that dry periods hit spruce and fir forests hard, but targeted measures can increase their resilience.
The Bödmerenwald near Muotathal has seen a significant increase in wood volume, dead wood and small habitats for insects and fungi.
Tree pests are on the increase in Switzerland. Researchers at the WSL Plant Protection Laboratory are on their trail. Read more in Diagonal.
Trees grow mainly at night, because dry air inhibits cell growth in day time, even in moist soil conditions, a new WSL study found out.
By supplying pine trees with labelled CO2, researchers have shown for the first time how sugars formed by trees are distributed in the soil.
What is Vapor Pressure Deficit and why does it matter for forests? A SwissForestLab video presents high-end research in this field.
A review study shows: Many species cannot keep up with increasing warming, although they move to higher altitudes.
Tree buds emerge from dormancy when they have been exposed to cool temperatures for a certain time.
Bark beetles destroyed more than 1.4 million m3 of spruce wood in 2020. Beetle infestation is expected to remain high in 2021. (in German)
A high level of biodiversity is important for forest management. The more diverse a forest is, the better it can cope with external influences.
The Swiss stone pine may be unable to adapt fast enough to climate change, a genetic study finds, and could become locally extinct.
The Sandoz Family Foundation Programme for Academic Promotion has awarded Charlotte Grossiord at EPFL and WSL a two-year renewable grant.
The new State of Europe's Forests 2020 report, featuring WSL data, highlights the many distinctive aspects of Swiss forests.
Today, Europe's forests must perform many functions at once. Combining timber use with biodiversity promotion covers two key functions.
In the summer of 2018, many beeches changed leaf colour prematurely and reduced their growth, a study at 75 NFI sites reveals.
Swiss ecosystems are heavily polluted and reduction targets have not been met. This is revealed in a SCNAT factsheet with WSL co-authors.
With the FOEN, 20 cantons and forestry enterprises, WSL is creating 57 experimental plantations to study the climate tolerance of 18 tree species.