Nowadays, plantation forestry is an imperative to meet wood requirements efficiently on the finite land available for wood production. And besides, the adverse effects of silviculture on wood properties tend to be accompanied by heightened expressions of genetic variation in wood properties. By Rowland D Burdon and John R. Moore, New Zealand Forest Research Institute

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New innovations are called for to renew the European forest sector into bioeconomy. Investigating perceptions related to forest sector innovations could strengthen the industry and improve societal awareness of ongoing innovation projects. By T Stern and C Mair, University of Graz, L Ranacher, Wood K plus (Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH), S Berghäll, M Forsblom and A Toppinen, University of Helsinki, and K Lähtinen, University of Vaasa

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The growing demand for wood to meet EU renewable energy targets has increasingly come under scrutiny for potentially increasing EU import dependence and inducing land use change abroad. A research is conducted to look at future trends to assess how current EU policy may impact forests at an EU and global scale. By Meghan O’Brien and Stefan Bringezu, University of Kassel

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Wood is generally considered as a sustainable construction material. However, there are not sufficient wood resources in many countries or regions, especially those short of land resources. Therefore, it is imperative to determine how to choose sustainable importing sources in order to improve the sustainability performance of using wood. By Li Shenghan and Wu Huanyu, Shenzhen University, and Ding Zhikun, The University of Adelaide

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Optimising the sanding and coating processes of black alder wood can promote and support its use in furniture manufacturing. The surface roughness of the sanded specimens and the power consumption during sanding strongly depends on the grit size used. Thus, conducting a survey to find out specific grit size abrasives when applied to black alder wood is necessary. By Emilia-Adela Salca, Transilvania University of Brasov, Tomasz Krystofiak and Barbara Lis, Poznan University of Life Sciences

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Wood is a natural, sustainable and recyclable material with a wide range of applications. It is very popular and to be proven as sustainable construction material. With a shortage of wood, Swedish wood is are newable resource and it has been managed by modern and sustainable methods .By Swedish Wood

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High fuel loading and the homogenous structure have made forests vulnerable to large fires. Sound restoration of burned areas is critical for restoring healthy ecological functions of forests and providing economic incentives to local residents. By Ryu Soung-Ryoul, University of Alberta, Choi Hyung-Tao, Lim Joo-Hoon and Lee Im-Kyun, National Institute of Forest Science, and Ahn Young-Sang, Chonnam National University

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One drawback of current forest restoration treatments is that slash is often burned in piles that may damage the soil and require further restoration activities. We look at several alternative methods for reducing forest residues while minimising detrimental impacts. By Deborah S Page-Dumroese, USDA Forest Service

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Some surviving forests in tropical developing nations were under growing pressures from human activities. Thus, it's necessary to make some research on forest ecology and conservation so that sustainable development goals can be achieved in forest. By William F Laurance, James Cook University

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The 2016 ITTO Annual Market Discussions looked at the pros and cons of free-trade agreements for tropical timber. By Mike Adams, coordinator, Tropical Timber Market Information Service, and Frances Maplesden, consultant

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