REU54 : Seeding ideas for preserving our forests
At first sight, Europe seems like a hospitable land for trees of all kinds. Forests cover some 33 % of Europe’s territory, and this area has increased by 17 million hectares since 1990. But it doesn’t mean the 14 million European forest owners and managers can rest on their laurels: the expansion of urban areas, the growing success of biomass for energy production, wildfires, high demand for wood products, increased land use, and climate change all contribute in putting increasing pressure on these ecosystems.
The question is, how can forestry make the most of our forests while gearing them up — and using them as a weapon — against climate change? If we are to create ‘super forests’ capable of fulfilling all of our needs, we first need to know more about their composition, genetics, evolution, potential for carbon sequestration, capacity to adapt to climate change, and to develop technological solutions to protect or extend them.
This issue of the research*eu results magazine is giving the floor to those scientists who are currently trying to fill all of these gaps. Ten of the most recent forest-related and EU-funded projects are presented and shed light on future forests and future forest management strategies could look like.
Other topics in this edition include the following highlights:
- New tools to prevent the spread of high threat pathogens in transport hubs
- Creating a common European identity by digitising its cultural heritage
- Variable speed Pumped Storage Hydro Plants offer a new era of smarter energy management
- EU-funded project evidences the value of ‘green mining’
- Moving mobile communication onto the cloud
- Spiders teach scientists how to create a completely novel liquid-solid material
- Insect larvae as an additional source of protein for Europe’s animal feed
- How game theory can lead to energy efficient solutions
The research*eu results magazine is the main source of information for all findings related to EU-funded science projects. It covers a large spectrum of topics including biology and medicine, environment, energy, transport, ICT, industrial technologies, social sciences and space. It is published 10 times per year in English.
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