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Young Norway spruces from several populations in the tree nursery near Matzendorf in the Canton of Solothurn. (Photo Aline Frank / WSL)

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.

Low-branched  fallen trees, now heavily decomposed, in a part of the Bödmerenwald where Storm Vivian brought down many trees in 1990.

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.

Schmetterlinge wie dieser Streifen-Bläuling (_Polyommatus damon_) können sich durch Abwanderung in höhere Lagen an das veränderte Klima in den Alpen anpassen. (Foto: Yannick Chittaro)

A review study shows: Many species cannot keep up with increasing warming, although they move to higher altitudes.