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Agriculture

Biochar – a valuable resource

26 January, 2024 - Karlstads universitet

Waste from the forest industry can be transformed into valuable materials, turning what was once considered trash into useful resources as soil improvers, energy sources or absorbents in treatment plants with net zero or negative carbon emissions throughout the entire life cycle process.

Sustainable practices can save Mexico’s blue agave, Tequila and bats

23 January, 2024 - Göteborgs universitet

Many associate Tequila with lime wedges, salt, and parties. But the popular drink also has a negative impact on biodiversity, both on the blue agave from which it is made and, perhaps more unexpectedly, on bats. Both are threatened by one-sided cultivation. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, together with colleagues in Mexico and the […]

Electronic “soil” enhances crop growth

27 December, 2023 - Linköpings universitet

Barley seedlings grow on average 50% more when their root system is stimulated electrically through a new cultivation substrate. In a study published in the journal PNAS, researchers from Linköping University, Sweden, have developed an electrically conductive “soil” for soilless cultivation, known as hydroponics.

Less asphalt gives stronger trees in urban areas

7 December, 2023 - Göteborgs universitet

Trees planted in urban areas can provide shade and contribute to a lower air temperature. For these services to be optimal, it is important to let asphalt give way to trees, according to research from the University of Gothenburg.

Pollination by more than one bee species improves cherry harvest

14 September, 2023 - Göteborgs universitet

To obtain the biggest cherry harvest, trees should be pollinated by both honey bees and mason bees. A new study led by a researcher at the University of Gothenburg shows yet another benefit of biodiversity. Like many other fruit trees, most sweet cherry cultivars depend on cross-pollination to produce their fruit. This means that there […]

New project: Forest 4.0 worth 20 million € – key factor in protecting the climate and biodiversity

7 June, 2023 - Linnéuniversitetet

Open sharing of information about forests is of great importance in order to protect the climate and preserve biodiversity. Currently, Linnaeus University is running the Forest 4.0 initiative, an excellence centre for the application of artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) in the forestry sector in Lithuania. The goal is to develop innovative […]

Precision in planning results in resilient forests according to new research 

30 May, 2023 - Linnéuniversitetet

A new dissertation on forest industrial production systems, from researcher Per Nordin at Linnaeus University, reveals that successful regeneration measures are crucial for sustainable forestry. To ensure successful plant establishment, it is important to make decisions based on factors at regional, stand, and microenvironment levels.  Regeneration measures in forestry aim to establish new forests on […]

Fertilisation unnecessary in oak forests planted on former agricultural land

16 February, 2023 - Linnéuniversitetet

Low availability of nutrients often limits productivity in northern forests. In a trial with nutrient optimisation, researchers at Linnaeus University have studied the effects of fertilisation and irrigation in 25-year-old stands of pedunculate and sessile oak that grow on former agricultural land in southwest Sweden. The results, that have been published in Forest Ecology and […]

A new research project will study if continuous cover forestry sequesters more carbon than clearcutting forestry

31 January, 2023 - Linnéuniversitetet

Can continuous cover forestry bring us closer to the climate goals? Achim Grelle, professor of forest management with specialization in benefits to climate from forests, at Linnaeus University, will study this over the upcoming four years. Formas has granted research funds for research on new forms of silviculture and SEK 6.2 million goes to the […]

Two million for research in the forestry industry – Canadian and Finnish professor received Swedish award

21 October, 2022 - Linnéuniversitetet

Both professor Stavros Avramidis, recipient of Carola and Carl-Olof Ternryd’s award 2022, and professor Heli Peltola, recipient from 2020, received their respective awards at a ceremony on Växjö campus on Thursday 20 October For her research on sustainable management of Nordic forest ecosystems in a changeable climate, Heli Peltola, professor of silvicultural sciences at the […]