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2011-03-27 10:48:30

Rampant woody vines, or lianas, are choking trees, changing tropical and temperate forest ecosystemsKudzu, the plant scourge of the U.S. Southeast. The long tendrils of this woody vine, or liana, are on the move north with a warming climate.But kudzu may be no match for the lianas of the tropics, scientists have found. Data from sites in eight studies show that lianas are overgrowing trees in every instance.If the trend continues, these "stranglers-of-the-tropics" may suffocate equatorial...

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2011-03-15 07:41:05

Researchers have constructed a 226-year history of fire in southern Illinois by looking at fire scars in tree stumps. Their study, the most in-depth fire history reported for the upper Midwest, reveals that changes in the frequency of fires dating back to the time of early European settlement permanently altered the ecology of the region. The researchers took advantage of a 1996 timber harvest of old growth post oak trees in Hamilton County. "I was just amazed at the fire scars in these...

2011-02-23 17:26:44

Biology researchers discover that bacteria living in mosses on tree branches twice as effective at "˜fixing' nitrogen as those on the ground A new study by Dr. Zoë Lindo, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at McGill University, and Jonathan Whiteley, a doctoral student in the same department, shows that large, ancient trees may be very important in helping forests grow. These findings highlight the importance of maintaining the large old-growth...

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2010-08-05 06:20:00

Deforestation in Eastern Europe's Puszcza Bialowieska is threatening the area's flora and fauna, warned Polish environmentalists on Wednesday. The group has taken their complaints to the European Union, insisting that logging is limiting the habitat of certain rare birds, the AFP news agency reported. The 345,000-acre Bialowieza forest is an ancient woodland that straddles the Polish-Belarussian border, and is one of the last and largest remnants of the vast primeval forest that once spanned...

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2010-06-07 13:26:41

The commercial paper industry's plans to plant forests of genetically altered eucalyptus trees in seven Southern states have worried critics that a large introduction of a bioengineered nonnative plants could throw natural ecosystems out of whack. ArborGen got U.S. Department of Agriculture approval last month for field trials involving 250,000 trees planted in 29 sites during the next few years.  Much smaller lots of the genetically altered eucalyptus trees have been growing in some of...

2010-05-28 18:00:28

Scientists at the University of Oklahoma and the Fudan University in Shanghai, China, have found that reforestation and afforestation -- the creation of new forests -- may lower the potential of forests for climate change lessening. Yiqi Luo, professor of ecology in the OU College of Arts and Sciences Department of Botany and Microbiology, and Changzhang Liao, Bo Li and Changming Fang, professors of ecology in the Fudon University Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, examined...

2010-05-05 11:56:00

HONOLULU, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) is in the process of implementing the first of its kind, RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) Tree Tracking Database so that investors in the HLH Koa reforestation project can track and monitor the progress of their investment in real time. Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods' IT (Information Technology) specialists are integrating their proprietary system that includes a GPS / GIS (Global Positioning System / Geographic Information...

2010-02-01 12:48:36

Well-designed plantations can mitigate social, economic and environmental pressures Not all plantations need to be the biological deserts that have come to characterize large-scale, industrial plantations. According to scientists in a paper out in February's issue of the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, well-planned plantations can actually alleviate some of the social, economic and ecological burden currently being placed on natural forests. In addition, these biologically...

2010-01-28 03:00:00

TORONTO, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Sino-Forest Corporation (TSX: TRE) ("Sino-Forest"), a leading commercial forest plantation operator in China, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sino-Panel (China) Investments Limited has entered into a Master Agreement for the Purchase of Pine and Chinese Fir Plantation Forests (the "Guizhou Master Agreement") with Guizhou Sen Li Industry Company Limited ("Guizhou Sen Li"), which will act as the authorized agent for the original forest...

2010-01-12 04:00:00

TORONTO, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Sino-Forest Corporation (TSX: TRE), a leading commercial forest plantation operator in China, announced the acquisition by one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries of HOMIX LIMITED ("HOMIX"), a company engaged in research & development and manufacturing of engineered-wood products in China, for an aggregate amount of US$7.1 million. The acquisition includes the company's facilities in mainland China and its patents. The transaction was funded with...


Latest Old-growth forest Reference Libraries

Allegheny National Forest
2013-10-30 09:24:27

The Allegheny National Forest is a National Forest that can be found in northwestern Pennsylvania. The forest covers 513,175 acres of land. In the forest is the Kinzua Dam, which impounds the Allegheny River to create Allegheny Reservoir. The administrative headquarters for the Allegheny National Forest can be found in Warren. It has two ranger stations, one in Bradford, McKean County and one in Marienville, Forest County. The forest lies in the heart of Pennsylvania’s oil and gas...

Clearcutting
2013-04-02 11:17:47

Clearcutting, otherwise known as clearfelling, is a controversial forestry/logging practice in which the majority or all of the trees in an area are uniformly cut down. Clearcutting, in addition to shelterwood and seed tree harvests, is utilized by foresters to construct certain types of forest ecosystems and to encourage select species that require plentiful sunlight or grow in large, even-age stands. Logging companies and forest-worker unions in certain countries support the practice for...

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