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The latest news from Forest Research.
October 2021
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In this edition:
Find out about our research into climate change
As COP26 draws near, we’ve been releasing a series of animations showcasing some of our climate-related research.

Some of these animations link to our Climate Change Factsheet series, which explores the effects of climate change on our trees and woodlands.
Forest Science Seminar: Understanding Forest Carbon Numbers
Want to know more about British forests and carbon? Join this online seminar from Forest Research explaining forest carbon numbers and the factors influencing how much carbon our forests take up.

Event date: 12 November 2021. 

Please register to attend by 7 November.
A record number of tree pest and disease enquiries
Forest Research’s Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service (THDAS) received a record number of pest and disease enquiries during the year April 2020 to March 2021. As a result of people spending more time in nature, the number of enquiries through our online TreeAlert system was about 10% higher than in 2019 and at the highest level since the service was relaunched in 2014.

Tree health enquiries concerned a wide range of species (belonging to 57 genera) and mostly broadleaved tree species. Find out which were the most commonly reported pests and diseases.
Success for Forest Research in UKRI Treescapes funding
Over summer, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) announced the successful research bids for the Future of UK Treescapes programme. Forest Research has secured participation in three of the funded projects.

Six research teams across the UK will receive a share of £10.5 million funding from UKRI to develop new tools and approaches that will help trees and woodlands adapt to climate change and enable the UK to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions. The research will also improve understanding of the value of trees to people and the planet, and support the expansion of treescapes across the UK.
Forestry Facts and Figures 2021 published
Forestry Facts and Figures 2021 is now available. This booklet contains a summary of statistics about woodland and forestry.
Alternatives to using glyphosate and propyzamide for grass weed control in forests
A new Forest Research paper outlines alternatives to glyphosate and propyzamide to control grass weed species that, if left unchecked, often outcompete recently planted trees in UK forests. Cycloxydim and propaquizafop are found to be highly selective and, unlike glyphosate, will not harm young trees at all, even if they are over-sprayed when in active growth. If applied at the correct time of year, cycloxydim is likely to be as effective as glyphosate on most grass species and is considerably more effective than using propyzamide for wood small reed, purple moor grass and wavy hair grass.

The paper is published in the journal Forestry and a summary is available on our website, along with a link to the full paper.
Innovative projects to boost UK biomass production
The government’s Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme is funding 24 innovative projects that will underpin the development of knowledge to boost biomass productivity in the UK, through landscape planning, breeding, planting, cultivating and harvesting of organic energy materials.

Forest Research has been successful in winning funding from the programme as part of a collaboration led by Forest Creation Partners (FCP). The partnership will use geospatial data science to identify optimal planting sites for forestry-based biomass production, integrating the Forest Research Ecological Site Classification (ESC) decision support tool for species suitability with FCP spatial constraints data.
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