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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





A researcher from the WSL has discovered a previously unknown species of moss in the Alps - although the mosses in the region are considered to be well researched.


Asian longhorned beetles (ALBs), which are harmful to many broadleaf trees, have been spotted in eight European countries to date. The city of Winterthur (Switzerland) is the first place in Europe to…


Confronted with climate change, forests will no longer be able to maintain their performance in terms of timber production, protection against natural hazards and recreational spaces for the public.…


Special day for 40 French, German and Swiss teenagers: via a video-conference they interviewed scientists about forests and their future. This bilingual trialogue closed the 10 years jubilee of…


Climate change means that trees germinating today will be living in a much-altered climate by the time they reach middle age. The expected changes are likely to hit them hard and threaten key forest…


WSL and its 6 partners institutions in NFZ.forestnet look back on 10 years of successful collaboration.


A symbiotic fungus helps plants to better deal with droughts. Furthermore, it lost several genes that may prove harmful to plants in the cause of evolution. These are results of a new genome analysis.


During drought, plants reduce their 'food intake', namely their absorption of CO2 for photosynthesis. However, WSL researchers and collaborators have found that not the leaves but the roots regulate…


WSL Student Pierre Cothereau's new ArcGIS software tool won the ESRI Young Scholar Award.


When trees compete for light, water and nutrients in a forest, their functional traits determine how well they fare against their competitors. This is the conclusion of the most extensive study on…


For the first time, researchers at EPFL and the WSL have shown for the first time how the fate of tiny algae-harboring amoebas that live in peatlands could reinforce global warming.


French President François Hollande has invited the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) to present a joint research project…


To combat soil degradation, the United Nations is working on an ambitious new initiative to remediate 12 million hectares of degraded soil per year - an area equivalent to half the size of Great…


How can we draw on existing knowledge about the climate as part of the decision-making process? The National Centre for Climate Services NCCS helps government departments, politicians, the business…


In coniferous forests across the Northern Hemisphere, woody biomass production does not occur at the same time or rate as changes in tree stem size.


A new Yale-led study estimates that there are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth, about eight times more than some previous estimates.


With help of the spectacular find of 256 subfossil* stumps in Zurich in 2013, a team at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL and ETH Zurich aims to extend the currently available 12,500-year-old…


Particularly cool periods and volcanic eruptions have played an important role in socioeconomic changes during the past 2500 years.


The increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration has allowed trees across Europe to use their available water resources more efficiently. Over the 20th century, the so-called water use efficiency has…


The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) has published the first scientific video article on tree-ring research in the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE).