Marek Metslaid (2016)

/files/images/membership_organisations/marek_metslaid_cropped.jpg : 58Kb Marek Metslaid, from the Estonian University of Life Sciences, investigated abiotic and biotic factors affecting the provision of high-quality timber from even-aged and uneven-aged boreal forest stands. He visited the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), where he was hosted by Dr. Aksel Granhus. The visit took place from 7–20 November, 2016.

The main aims of the visit were to study the impacts of forest management and site productivity on the provision of high quality timber from the boreal forest, and to better understand how multiple-use oriented forest management (such as continuous cover forestry) will affect the risk of wood decay and thus on the provision of the biomass needed to develop the bioeconomy. An additional aim was to strengthen collaboration between the Estonian University of Life Sciences and the NIBIO.

The researchers plan to publish three scientific papers in international scientific peer-reviewed journals: (i) one dealing with the factors influencing the formation of lammas shoots and stem defects in Norway spruce ( Picea abies); (ii) one focusing on root rot occurrence in residual Norway spruce stems 20 years after partial harvest; and (iii) one examining the effects of winter weather anomalies on the risk of climatic injury in four boreal forest understory shrub species.