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SwissForestLab-NFZ Summer school 2019: Forest Resilience

August 18th - 24th 2019

Hotel Shima, Davos

SwissForestLab Science day 2018

November 21fst 2018

Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL


"SwissForestLab Dialogue" with WaldSchweiz

November 5th 2019, 09:30 am - 05 pm

WSL Birmensdorf, Englersaal





Which tree species should foresters and forest owners promote in view of climate change? The WSL report provides the basis for decisions.


The chemistry of soil water in forests has changed in Europe: there is a large decrease in the amount of sulphate, nutrients and aluminium.


Soils harbour countless organisms that are paramount in degrading organic matter. (German only)


The Swiss National Forest Inventory at the WSL has completed the first census of red forest ants in Switzerland. (German or French)


The amount of spruce wood infested by bark beetles in Switzerland has risen further in 2017, according to the Swiss Forest Protection at WSL.


Researchers have for the first time in Switzerland isolated three bacteria species associated with Acute Oak Decline (AOD). (German only)


In the Swiss Alps, the time lag between leafing of trees at high and low altitudes has shortened dramatically since the 1960s.


Scots pines from the last ice age reveal interesting facts about the climate back then. Researchers from WSL know managed to isolate DNA from the ancient wood.


The ETH Zurich has appointed the tree physiologist Arthur Gessler, leader of the gropu Forest Growth and Climate at WSL, as adjunct professor.


An international consortium with the participation of WSL researchers now sequenced the genomes of four Armillaria species, including one of the most feared forest pathogens.


Switzerland's forests are under pressure. Forestry researchers from a wide variety of institutions have now joined forces in the SwissForestLab, launched by WSL.


Paradoxically, climate change increases the risk of spring frost for trees growing at higher elevations.


Biomass has great potential in Switzerland for future heat and electricity generation and fuel production.


The zigzag elm sawfly (Apoceros leucopoda) was found in Switzerland for the first time in June 2107.


Norway spruce and European beech trees are struggling due to changing climate. This poses risks for the forestry sector. A study by WSL shows that they may be mitigated.


Young pine trees adapt swiftly to artificial drought and are subsequently equipped to combat it the following year, reveals a study by the WSL.


Issue 1/17 of WSLs magazine Diagonal is published. It focuses on forest reserves.


A synopsis of long-term change in the forests of the Alps shows that rising timber stock in mountain forests has increased the incidence of natural disturbances.


A new technique makes it possible to cost-effectively analyse genetic material from fossil plant and animal remains. Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape…


Switzerland is not fully exploiting a significant source of clean energy: 173,000 tonnes of used wood could be re-used producing valuable heat and power energy today.