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FOREST BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY and TECHNOLOGY

Periods
Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
4.01.00  Biotechnical sciences  Forestry, wood and paper technology   
1.08.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Control and care of the environment   

Code Science Field
B430  Biomedical sciences  Sylviculture, forestry, forestry technology 

Code Science Field
4.01  Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences  Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 
1.05  Natural Sciences  Earth and related Environmental sciences 
Keywords
climate changes, biodiversity, vegetation, soil, wildlife, forest genetics & physiology, forest genetic resources, mycorhizosphere, forest pathology, zoology, wood anatomy, dendrochronology, silviculture, techniques & economics, forest management, planning, monitoring, ecosystem services, modeling
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Points
21,219.01
A''
2,785.38
A'
10,988.13
A1/2
13,261.08
CI10
25,710
CImax
2,610
h10
70
A1
74.6
A3
50.68
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on February 28, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  1,092  29,295  26,154  23.95 
Scopus  1,117  32,160  28,892  25.87 
Researchers (69)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  55752  Pia Caroline Adamič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2021 - 2024 
2.  53316  PhD Giulia Annovi  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2020  17 
3.  51924  PhD Domen Arnič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2020 - 2021  61 
4.  29875  Marko Bajc  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Technical associate  2020 - 2024  280 
5.  38675  PhD Dalibor Ballian  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2023 - 2024  227 
6.  51355  Tjaša Baloh  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  36 
7.  14869  PhD Gregor Božič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  509 
8.  14952  MSc Andrej Breznikar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  171 
9.  50519  PhD Ana Brglez  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  111 
10.  51497  PhD Reinhart Ceulemans  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2021  63 
11.  15493  PhD Matjaž Čater  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  299 
12.  52663  Rok Damjanić    Technical associate  2022 - 2024  137 
13.  28856  PhD Gabrielle I. Deckmyn  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  48 
14.  29092  PhD Maarten De Groot  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  696 
15.  55403  PhD Matteo De March  Biotechnology  Researcher  2021  35 
16.  32943  PhD Ario de Marco  Chemistry  Researcher  2020 - 2021  238 
17.  54824  Claudia D Ercole  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024 
18.  32514  Zina Devetak  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  436 
19.  52869  Natalija Dovč    Technical associate  2023 - 2024 
20.  29164  PhD Mitja Ferlan  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  220 
21.  15492  PhD Andreja Ferreira  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  213 
22.  35362  PhD Katarina Flajšman  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  186 
23.  21242  PhD Tine Grebenc  Plant production  Researcher  2020 - 2024  483 
24.  22609  PhD Jožica Gričar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2021  536 
25.  56821  Eva Groznik  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2023 - 2024  59 
26.  29633  PhD Polona Hafner  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  158 
27.  30165  PhD Tine Hauptman  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2023 - 2024  305 
28.  28855  Melita Hrenko    Technical associate  2020 - 2024 
29.  28537  PhD Anže Japelj  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  172 
30.  39600  PhD Jernej Jevšenak  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  105 
31.  33222  PhD Andreja Kavčič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  1,042 
32.  52664  MSc Katja Kavčič Sonnenschein  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  40 
33.  39085  PhD Janez Kermavnar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  121 
34.  16067  PhD Andrej Kobler  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  289 
35.  05093  PhD Marko Kovač  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  357 
36.  53781  Erika Kozamernik  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2023 - 2024  61 
37.  07127  PhD Hojka Kraigher  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Head  2020 - 2024  1,330 
38.  53233  PhD Luka Krajnc  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2021  91 
39.  17034  PhD Nike Krajnc  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  953 
40.  58170  Marija Kravanja  Biology  Junior researcher  2023 - 2024 
41.  19721  PhD Gal Kušar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  172 
42.  15108  PhD Lado Kutnar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  794 
43.  11595  PhD Tomislav Levanič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  614 
44.  53180  PhD Olivera Maksimović  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2023 - 2024  63 
45.  29237  PhD Boštjan Mali  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  198 
46.  20842  PhD Aleksander Marinšek  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  382 
47.  37938  PhD Tijana Martinović  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  35 
48.  24268  PhD Tanja Mrak  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  127 
49.  23448  PhD Nikica Ogris  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  1,199 
50.  54863  PhD Sandra Folarin Oloketuyi  Chemistry  Researcher  2021  22 
51.  56345  PhD Christina Paparokidou  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Researcher  2022 - 2024 
52.  52108  Anže Martin Pintar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  59 
53.  25448  PhD Barbara Piškur  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  954 
54.  54721  Kaja Plevnik  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024  19 
55.  18112  PhD Boštjan Pokorny  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  886 
56.  29428  PhD Peter Prislan  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2021  349 
57.  57315  Boris Rantaša    Technical associate  2023 - 2024  129 
58.  39986  PhD Jaša Saražin  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  78 
59.  28590  PhD Mitja Skudnik  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  353 
60.  38471  Darja Stare  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2023 - 2024  222 
61.  31877  PhD Nataša Šibanc  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  85 
62.  24777  Barbara Štupar    Technical associate  2023 - 2024  29 
63.  35079  Matevž Triplat  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2023 - 2024  227 
64.  38188  PhD Tina Unuk Nahberger  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  48 
65.  22592  PhD Urša Vilhar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  417 
66.  31120  PhD Grega Ernest Voglar  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2020  41 
67.  24343  PhD Marjana Westergren  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  407 
68.  28401  PhD Peter Železnik  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2021  186 
69.  21137  Daniel Žlindra  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Technical associate  2020 - 2024  170 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0404  Slovenian Forestry Institute  Ljubljana  5051673000  11,878 
2.  1540  University of Nova Gorica  Nova Gorica  5920884000  13,883 
Abstract
The Research Programme Forest Ecology, Biology and Technology (RP FBET) in cooperation with other complementary national and international programmes and institutions focuses on forest ecosystems as core areas of the biodiversity hotbelt in European terrestrial ecosystems. Forests are the key to biodiversity conservation, carbon storage, provision of renewable raw materials, air and ground water quality and consequently human and animal health. As the main renewable resource and considering the large-scale disturbances and climate change consequences the need for research and professional based support for future forests is growing. RP FBET builds on supporting excellent science, to study and support utilization, and to conserve dynamic and rich, yet vulnerable forests facing accelerated threats and challenges. It combines research efforts within six working groups with a modular organization. Each module (WG) will use sets of routine approaches combined with highly specialised and cutting-edge techniques. WG1 will focus on long-term studies detecting causes - effect relationships between environmental factors and functional characteristics of plant and animal species, focusing on the flow of carbon, greenhouse gasses, nutrients and water and the impact of anthropogenic pollutants. Studies are in connection with WG2 where adaptation of forest ecosystems in response to threats and challenges will be studied in a multifaceted approach. Methods for functional genomics, epigenomics and the study of complex biological systems (community genomics, metagenomics) including adaptive genetic diversity studies, in above- and below-ground parts of the forest ecosystem will be developed and applied. Specific approaches will be used in WG3 to understand mechanisms, underlying the relationships among harmful organisms and their hosts as a drive to undertake actions or to manage the forests in a way to reduce the possible damages of changing climatic conditions and globalization. Using dendrochronology and ecophysiological studies in WP4 will contribute to understanding of tree response to changing environment in interaction with silvicultural practises and seek for solutions to increase resistance/resilience of forests and wood quality under stress conditions. WP5 will develop indicators for monitoring sustainable management of forest ecosystems and ecosystem services, while WP6 will evaluate the transition of forest and wood-based sector in Slovenia into sustainable bioeconomy, tailor the business models for forest contractors and increase the sustainable utilization of wood to generate higher long-term added value and stability of forests.
Significance for science
Climate change, associated extreme weather events, outbreaks of forest-tree diseases and harmful organisms and activities for its mitigation and adaptation to support forest growth within their present areas, biodiversity and ecosystem services has been part of the research programme (RP) in the last 6-years period, and continues to be its primary goal in the next period. Achieving these goals is possible only through a multi-faceted approach covering all parts of the forest ecosystem, using modern research equipment and the continuous development of methodologies, including advanced statistical methods. RP also contributes to many international and national research projects in all fields of forest science and technology. The accuracy of simulations of processes and trends, as well as the detection of cause-effect relationships between environmental factors and the functional characteristics of plant and animal species can only be provided by long-term studies and data collection focusing on the flow of carbon, nutrients and water and the impact of anthropogenic pollutants. We contribute to the knowledge of the impacts of ecological conditions on sites, forest management and extreme weather events on biotic diversity at different levels from individual specimen, species, population, forest stand, habitat type and landscape, and related ecosystem services. The ability of forests to cope with changing environment depends on the adaptive potential - the genetic diversity of forest trees and related organisms. We will develop methods for the structural characterization of populations, genomes, genes, mRNAs in different environmental conditions and development stages, the analysis of epigenetic modifications, complex biological systems (communities, e.g. microbial communities in soil) and adaptive genetic diversity in above- and belowground parts of the forest ecosystem. We will continue with the development of forest genetic monitoring, which was designed within the Lifegenmon project (LIFE). Due to globalization, alien harmful organisms are becoming one of the main problems in our forests. Due to global changes and associated extreme weather events resulting in reduced resistance of forest trees, indigenous populations of fungi and insects pose an increasing problem, too. By investigating the mechanisms underlying the relationships among harmful organisms and their hosts and the development of methods for detection, identification, control, monitoring and eradication, we help prevent or reduce the spread of harmful/invasive organisms, economic damage and negative effects on the biodiversity of our forests. With reconstructions of the past climatic conditions and associated responses of the selected tree species, more detailed simulations of the development of forests and the response of individual tree species in the future will be possible. To achieve this, we will focus on use of a wide range of tree growth rings properties, carbon and oxygen stable isotopes, and parameters of wood quality in the Balkan peninsula. Studies of radial growth and ecophysiological responses of trees and forest ecosystems to environmental stress factors (with emphasis on extreme weather events) considering different silvicultural regimes will bring new insights into the understanding of the plasticity of the selected tree species under different environmental conditions and implementation of good practices into forest management.
Significance for the country
In a policy framework, forests are governed by forestry, nature conservation, phytosanitary and energy legislative, making forestry research a multisectoral endeavour, contributing to the development of all the listed sectors. In the global context, this RP contributes with new knowledge and data to fulfilment of the requirements of the international conventions, agreements, and sustainable development goals. Within the EU policy, the RP contributes to achieving high level of forest conservation and sustainability (beyond current duration) to FOREST EUROPE process, legislation (e.g. EU’s 2030 Energy and Climate Framework and LULUCF) and strategies. Developing indicators will contribute to the development of forestry policy and a harmonized comparable monitoring of the development of forests in space and time for national and international reporting. The outputs of RP FBET shall enable forest professionals, forest owners, state agencies, the Ministry, responsible for forestry, and the Ministry and agency, responsible for the environment, a proper direction and activities for preserving and improving forest health and resilience, as health of forests is considered a public good. Furthermore, our research outputs shall improve the knowledge on (I) the availability of wood biomass and (II) current and future material flow balances, which depend on supply and demand of wood, which will be used to evaluate possible scenarios and facilitate the development of wood-based bio-economy in Slovenia. The proposed topic is in line with the objectives of e.g. the Slovenian Strategic Framework for Climate Change Adaptation, Strategies of the EC Europe 2020 on the Green Economy, etc. Evaluation of business models in forestry, will enable us to set-up a decision support platform for forest contractors. We anticipate our results will affect professionalization of the work in forests, which may in turn increase competitiveness of forestry sector. With higher competitiveness, organisation of work will be improved and ability to act more quickly in cases of exceptional events (e.g. windthrow, ice storm). In adition, professionalization contributes to increased safety and health at work, and thus reduced number of work-related accidents in the forestry sector. Studies of reproductive ability of selected animal species at different levels will be used to predict population number fluctuations. Transferring this knowledge to authorities and public can contribute to the increase of road traffic safety and reduce mortality of certain animal species. Furthermore, within the next 6 years we intend to apply at least one patent for measuring instruments in the field of ecological measurements within Laboratory for Electronic Devices. Our educational (forest pedagogy) and dissemination activities, including a launching of a new web portal, will raise the awareness among the general public of the importance of forest ecosystems and how they impact our everyday lives. Altogether, our research strategy contributes significantly to preservation of the Slovenian forests through improved forest conservation, protection, management and forestry sector practices – vital and healthy forests are paramount for maintaining air and ground water quality, deterioration of which would lead to an increase in human and animal health issues (negative economic impact). Furthermore, with proper management and forestry sector practices, Slovenian forests can serve as a sustainable source of raw materials for wood-based bio-economy. Finally, the international collaboration, presentations, organization of conferences and meetings will promote Slovenian forestry, forest science and technology, and Slovenia as a country.
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