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FOREST BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY & TECHNOLOGY

Periods
Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
4.01.00  Biotechnical sciences  Forestry, wood and paper technology   
1.03.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Biology   
2.01.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Civil engineering   

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

Code Science Field
4.01  Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences  Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 
Keywords
forest biology, ecological modelling, ecosystems, forest soils and vegetation, climatology and hidrology, mass and energy fluxes, bioindication, phytoremediation, climatic changes, forest physiology and genetics, forest genetic resources, biodiversity, rhizosphere, mycology, sylviculture, forest protection, phytopathology, forest fauna, protection of environment and conservation of nature, dendrochronology, forest informatics, sustainable forest management, private forest ownership, certification, wood quality, xylogenesis, wood as renewable source of energy, wood biomass
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (47)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publications
1.  29875  Marko Bajc  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Technician  2009 - 2014  273 
2.  14869  PhD Gregor Božič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  492 
3.  08032  PhD Miran Čas  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  243 
4.  15493  PhD Matjaž Čater  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  286 
5.  28856  PhD Gabrielle I. Deckmyn  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  48 
6.  29092  PhD Maarten De Groot  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  606 
7.  32943  PhD Ario de Marco  Chemistry  Researcher  2011 - 2014  221 
8.  29164  PhD Mitja Ferlan  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2013 - 2014  208 
9.  15492  PhD Andreja Ferreira  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2013  193 
10.  35362  PhD Katarina Flajšman  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2012 - 2014  170 
11.  21242  PhD Tine Grebenc  Plant production  Researcher  2009 - 2014  456 
12.  22609  PhD Jožica Gričar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  500 
13.  29633  PhD Polona Hafner  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2009 - 2014  150 
14.  30165  PhD Tine Hauptman  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2014  198 
15.  28855  Melita Hrenko    Technician  2010 
16.  17332  Jana Janša    Technician  2010 
17.  07948  PhD Dušan Jurc  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  669 
18.  27605  PhD Milan Kobal  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  339 
19.  16067  PhD Andrej Kobler  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  284 
20.  05093  PhD Marko Kovač  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  351 
21.  07127  PhD Hojka Kraigher  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Principal Researcher  2009 - 2014  1,297 
22.  17034  PhD Nike Krajnc  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  919 
23.  17333  Robert Krajnc    Technician  2010  54 
24.  19721  PhD Gal Kušar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2010  155 
25.  15108  PhD Lado Kutnar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  768 
26.  23655  PhD Jana Laganis  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2009 - 2010  43 
27.  37418  PhD Martina Lavrič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2014  32 
28.  11595  PhD Tomislav Levanič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  596 
29.  29237  PhD Boštjan Mali  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  174 
30.  20842  PhD Aleksander Marinšek  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2014  354 
31.  36746  PhD Nathan Gabriel Mc Dowell  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2014  85 
32.  07890  PhD Mirko Medved  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2011  301 
33.  24268  PhD Tanja Mrak  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2013 - 2014  118 
34.  23448  PhD Nikica Ogris  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  1,087 
35.  25448  PhD Barbara Piškur  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  819 
36.  18112  PhD Boštjan Pokorny  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  850 
37.  32045  PhD Simon Poljanšek  Forestry, wood and paper technology    2009 - 2014  45 
38.  29428  PhD Peter Prislan  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2013 - 2014  305 
39.  10264  PhD Primož Simončič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  680 
40.  21192  PhD Helena Šterlinko Grm  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Researcher  2009  33 
41.  32771  PhD Ines Štraus  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2010 - 2014  51 
42.  24777  Barbara Štupar    Technician  2010  29 
43.  32703  PhD Daniela Alexandra Teixeira da Costa Ribeiro  Geography  Technician  2010  81 
44.  23553  PhD Gregor Torkar  Educational studies  Researcher  2011 - 2014  534 
45.  22592  PhD Urša Vilhar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  398 
46.  24343  PhD Marjana Westergren  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  384 
47.  28401  PhD Peter Železnik  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2014  180 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publications
1.  0404  Slovenian Forestry Institute  Ljubljana  5051673000  11,778 
2.  1540  University of Nova Gorica  Nova Gorica  5920884000  13,033 
Abstract
The research programme is based on the needs and the role of the slovenian forestsv and forestry, international obligations (MCPFE 1990,1993, 1998, 2003; CBD 1992, NATURA 2000; UNGAS 1997; UN-ECE-LRTAP 1986; directives and regulations of the EU etc.) and trends of research and development in Europe and abroad, with the main aim on conservation of forest ecosystems and co-natural, sustainable, multifunctional forest management (CSMFM). The aims are simultaineous use and maintenance of all forest functions. The programme is flexible and modular with respect to resources and emphasis in time, restricted in the present time-scale on studies of: i)forest biology: physiology of forest trees - ecophysiology, stress physiology, physiology of symbioses and growth and development, biodiversity of fungi (forest mycology & development of The Mycotheca and Herbarium of the Slovenian Forestry Institute (SFI)), interactions in the rhizosphere, growth of roots and mycorrhizae; population-genetics and provenance studies, conservation of forest genetic resources, development of molecular and biochemical databases in forestry (molecular ecology), development of methods for extraction and storage of forest seeds (for the Seed Storage and Forest Seed Bank), forest health and protection - biotic and abiotic stresses, silviculture - silvicultural studies of optimal site conditions for regeneration of economically important forest trees and the impacts of selected stress-factors (ozone, silvicultural measures - size of gaps, light conditions, water stress, coarse woody debris, damages of root systems) on forest trees; ii)forest ecology: systemic ecology and ecological modelling (partner: Politechnical Faculty, Nova Gorica), forest ecosystems - forest soils, vegetation, nutrition of forest trees; indicators of sustainable forest management and biodiversity in forests on ecosystem and species levels, mass and energy fluxes (carbon sequestration, water cycle, biogeochemical cycles, decomposition of organic substances, forest climatology and hydrology), site classification - phytoindication, typology, bioindication; yield science, dendrochronology, dendroecology, dendroclimatology; stress and isotope structure of annual rings, measures for conservation of habitats of forest plant and animal species and biodiversity in forests, development of methods for phytoremediation, remote sensing, forest inventories and geo-information systems in forestry, development of know-how and basic studies for the needs of forest monitorings; iii)forest technology: biology of wood quality - scenescence, mechanic and pollution damages, growth characteristics and utilization of wood, silvicultural impacts on wood quality, economic, social, environmental and technological impacts of wood production and use of biomass in the frameworks of CSMFM; the role of forestry and human resources in rural and regional development, the impacts of forest ownership, especially small estates on accomplishments of management plans; and studies support of the development of the national forest development programme in the context of CSMFM. The main goals of the scientific-research programme are oriented into support of the demands of applied, developmental and professional directives of the national Forest development programme in Slovenia. Among the basic guidances are the needs for development of knowledge for the advisory tasks in the Civil Forest Service and for tasks in which SFI is the official authority for Slovenia. Research also concides with the needs of other public administration services (Ministry of environment and landscape ploanning, State agency for nature, Inspectorate etc.), research projects and collaboration in the EU and development of other civil services (environmental, nature conservation, agency for plant health and seeds etc.).
Significance for science
Climate change and activities for its mitigation and adaptation to support forest growth within their present areas, has been part of the research programme (RP) in the last 6-years period. Belowground carbon turnover is the source of most uncertainties in modelling C fluxes and basins in terrestrial ecosystems, where mycorrhiza had been determined as the key mediator of processes driving C dynamics and site productivity. Fine root and mycelium diversity, functioning, and turnover has been studied extensively, coinciding with goals of COST actions FP 1203, FP 1305, ES 1101 and others. Future adaptation of forests to the changing climates depends on the adaptability potential – genetic diversity - of forest trees. The basis for monitoring of genetic diversity has been proposed within the EUFORGEN programme, and the influence of forest management ractices on genetic diversity tested in two beech forests in Slovenia. The RP has contributed to the preparation and acceptance of a new transnational LIFEGENMON project, COST action FP 1202 and a number of national research projects. Early detection and identification of introduced alien harmful organisms for forests enables eradication, which can prevent their establishment in Europe, or mitigation of their spread, which prevents possible economic and biodiversity losses in forest ecosystems. The detection and the identification techniques for regulated forest pests, potential threat of most important regulated pests has been assessed and intensive field sampling has allowed and continues to form the basis to detect them if already present in Slovenia. Special activity has en devoted to harmful organisms , whose outbreaks are provoked by higher temperatures and drought; the prognosis of their development and spread has concentrated in the recent ears especially on ash dieback. The most scientifcally fruitfull group concentrates its srudies on stable carbon isotope chronologies & reconstruction of climate for the last 1000 years for the W Balkans, identification of the main environmental factors responsible for the growth and anatomy of trees, new insights into the understanding of plasticity of selected tree species in different environmental conditions and their long-term responses to extreme weather events, effects of drought stress, forest fires and insect outbreaks on height and radial growth, and build-up of a database of reliable and repeatable results on ecophysiological response of trees in different forest stands, in different environmental conditions and / or silvicultural practices, for future simulations.
Significance for the country
Slovenia has one of the longest traditions of sustainable and co-natural silviculture and forest management among all European countries. As extreme weather conditions became a regular issue, the need for information on how trees and forests behave in extreme environmental conditions has intensified in order to be able to prepare forest management plans incorporating changes in tree species composition, and the most suitable provenances of forest reproductive material (FRM) for future severe climate conditions and climate extremes. The research programme has been providing crucial information for future management of forests to mitigate impacts of negative influence of temperature and precipitation extremes and to prevent forests becoming a source instead of sink of carbon. All countries, members to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC are obliged to report their emissions by sources, and removals by sinks, for all greenhouse gases. Good practice guidelines used in the calculation of the national balance of forest ecosystems are determined by five reservoirs of carbon: above-ground biomass, dead wood, litter, organic matter in the soil and underground biomass. Allometric relationships are used to predict the belowground root biomass with respect to the above ground biomass. These relationships present a significant source of uncertainties, and do not contribute to understanding of belowground processes, driving carbon dynamics and fluxes. For this, fine root and mycelium turnover has been studied and incorporated into experimental models, including diversity-based impacts on ecosystem processes. Furthermore a number of methodological approaches has been developed, simplified, standardized and automated for the needs of forest monitoring. Also, development of the a new forest genetic monitoring (part of a LIFE+ project LIFEGENMON), has been initialized within this programme, as well as development of molecular databases for identification of genetic diversity and source of forest reproductive material (FRM), needed in certification of FRM and approval of forest seed objects (SFI is the state authority for FGM certification and approval of basic material, as well as for detection and prognosis of harmful organisms in Slovenia). The activities for forest health improvement have common social significance and contribute to the social economic and cultural benefits from forests. Transfer of knowledge on risks from introduction of alien forest pests to professional and general public enables rising the perception of necessity for their control, cooperation in their early detection and in their immediate response. Transfer of knowledge has been done through workshops for professionals, conferences, and by publication of results in professional journals and specialized monographies.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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