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Ecology and silviculture of SPRUCE

Skovsgaard, Jens Peter; Nilsson, Urban; Johansson, Ulf


Various species of spruce comprise a significant part of forests in the northern hemisphere and are widely used in forest management. The management of spruce influences carbon sequestration and the production of biomass that can be used as a substitute for fossil fuels. In addition, climate change may affect future management practices. Site requirements for certain species may shift, and new potential risks may have to be considered when designing future management programs. During 31 August-3 September 2009, the Faculty of Forestry at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) hosted an international conference on SPRUCE IN THE CONTEXT OF GLOBAL CHANGE in Halmstad, Sweden. The conference was organized under the auspices of IUFRO Working Party 1.01.08 “Ecology and Silviculture of Spruce”. The conference included 50 high-quality scientific presentations, 12 of which were invited to submit their contribution to this special issue of Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. The papers were peer-reviewed by a panel of internationally renowned scientists, and this process resulted in a total of eight printed papers. Focusing on a diverse range of topics, we believe that these papers represent an interesting and timely sample of spruce research that will be of interest to the international community of forest scientists and even to forest policymakers and forest managers. The full proceedings are available from the conference homepage at

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Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research
2011, Volume: 26, number: S11, pages: 1-2
Publisher: Taylor & Francis