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Silviculture Research International

Inspiring Advances in the Science and Practice of Forestry

Now in our 22nd year, Silviculture Research International is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of silviculture, especially its application to sustainable forest management and conservation in temperate and boreal regions. Please follow the links for further information:

  • Practice – practice information and contact details – link here
  • Project – projects, knowledge transfer, articles, presentations, images – link here
  • Resources – links to information about forestry and forest conservation – link here
  • Latest News – overview of forthcoming and recent activity – link here

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Silviculture Research International is currently delivering projects in Ireland, the United Kingdom, the European Union and Canada

Devil's Glen, County Wicklow, Ireland. Photo: © 2019 E. R. Wilson

Devil’s Glen, County Wicklow, Ireland. Photo: © 2019 E. R. Wilson

Latest News 

  • Our latest article highlights an emerging tree health issue. The Douglas fir needle midge (Contarinia pseudotsugae) is now established in Belgium, Netherlands, France and Germany. It is a potential threat to Douglas fir woodlands in the UK and Ireland.

    The video (below) shows Contarinia pseudotsugae females laying their eggs in an emerging shoot of Douglas fir. After hatching, the larvae cause the formation of galls on the Douglas fir needles, effectively leading to a degree of defoliation. This can be mild or severe depending on the severity of infestation. The genus Contarinia is characterized by the long ovipositor of the females clearly visible on these images. In the last sequence, you can see an egg passing through this ovipositor. Video credit: Gilles San Martin.

    Douglas fir gall midge laying eggs

    Publications:

  • Technical and Scientific Presentations:

    • Wilson, E. R., and L. Byrne. 2020. Transforming Irish forests. Pro Silva Ireland Webinar. 8 September 2020.
    • Wilson, E. R., I. Short, Á. Ní Dhubháin and P. Purser. 2020. Continuous cover forestry research in Ireland: preliminary results. Continuous Cover Forestry Workshop, Forêt.Nature, Marche-en-Famenne, Belgium. 20 January 2020.
    • Wilson, E. R., I. Short, Á. Ní Dhubháin and P. Purser. 2019. TranSSFor Project: research update. Teagasc Forestry Development Department. Athenry, County Galway, Ireland. 12 December 2019.
    • Wilson, E. R., I. Short, Á. Ní Dhubháin and P. Purser. 2019. The TranSSFor Project – Transformation of Sitka spruce stands to continuous cover forestry. ESRM Research Conference, University College Dublin. 6 December 2019.
    • Wilson, E. R. 2019. Continuous cover forestry – the rise of transformational silviculture in Ireland and the UK. Guest Seminar. Canadian Forest Service. Atlantic Forestry Centre, Fredericton, NB, Canada. 22 October 2019.
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  • Training and Professional Development Courses:

    • Demonstrating the potential of Continuous Cover Forestry in Ireland. Forest Workshop, Cloragh Woods, County Wicklow. 23 September 2020.
    • Tree Marker Training – Early Transformation to Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF) in Sitka spruce. Course 8. Pro Silva Ireland Training Course. Kilteel Hall and Kilteel Forest, Co Kildare. 16-17 September 2020.
    • Continuous Cover Forestry: Managing for Timber and Biodiversity. 1-day Training Course. Coillte. Donadea Forest Park, County Kildare, Ireland. 26 September 2019.
    • Continuous Cover Forestry: Managing for Timber and Biodiversity. 1-day Training Course. Coillte. Donadea Forest Park, County Kildare, Ireland. 25 September 2019.  
    • more
Community engagement event 2019.

Community engagement event 2019.


 

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