Forest science coalition calls for review of restrictive policies regarding biotech research

A coalition of forest scientists is calling for an immediate review of international policies that the group says put unreasonable and harmful limitations on biotech research.

Tree-ring analysis explains physiology behind drought intolerance brought on by fire suppression

Tree rings tell the story of what’s happening physiologically as fire suppression makes forests more dense and less tolerant of drought, pests and wildfires, new research shows.

PNW forests will be less vulnerable to drought, fire than Rocky Mountain, Sierra forests

Forests in the Pacific Northwest will be less vulnerable to drought and fire over the next three decades than those in the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada, computer modeling by researchers in Oregon State University’s College of Forestry shows.

OSU helps establish roadmap for filling the gaps in forest pollinator research

Actively managed conifer forests may also provide important habitat for the pollinators that aid in the reproduction of food crops and other flowering plants around the globe.

Logging site slash removal may be boon for wild bees in managed forests

New research suggests the removal of timber harvest residue during harvesting may be a boon for wild bees, an important step toward better understanding the planet’s top group of pollinators.

Scientists warn of border wall’s impacts on biodiversity

A continuous wall on the border between the United States and Mexico would harm a multitude of animal species by fragmenting their geographic ranges, researchers have concluded

Extreme climate variability destabilizing West Coast ecosystems

An increase in the synchrony of the climate could expose marine and terrestrial organisms to higher risks of extinction.

When it comes to the threat of extinction, size matters

Animals in the Goldilocks zone — neither too big, nor too small, but just the right size — face a lower risk of extinction than do those on both ends of the scale, according to an extensive global analysis.

Use of structural wood in commercial buildings reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Substituting wood for concrete and steel in the structural systems of commercial buildings reduces fossil fuel use and cuts emissions of greenhouse gases on average 60 percent, according to a recent analysis by Oregon State University researchers.

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