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Membership Card for Virtual Network 'FORESTS'
|Institution, Department, Section, etc.
|| Forest Research Institute
||Bitwy Warszawskiej 1920 r. No 3, 00-973 Warsaw
|| dr inz. Gustaw Matuszewski; dr inz. Tomasz Oszako
|| 48 22 3317044 fax 48 22 8224935
|Scientists employed in the unit
|General field of interest
|| scientific research in forestry
|Specific research field
||biology and ecology of forest;
forest environments and sites;
conservation and development of forest resources;
multiple functions of forest;
forest health condition, its monitoring and improving
Scientific projects presently carried on (duration, region in the case of field research, coordinator of the project):
- Inter-population relationships within forest communities, including their linkage with environmental conditions as well as their importance to forestry,
- Structure, development dynamics, self-adjustment mechanisms, productivity and spatial variation of forest ecosystems,
- Impact of natural factors (e.g. hurricanes, wildfires, climate change, population outbreaks, diseases) and artificial ones (e.g. technical measures, industrial pollution) on forest environment and development of forests.
- Biology, ecology and economic importance of forest game animals,
- Methods for assessment and control of the density of forest ungulate populations,
- Methods for assessment of damage to stands caused by forest wildlife,
- Behavioural ecology and population dynamics in small mammals,
- Protection of forest stands and plantations against herbivorous mammals.
- Organization and general management in forestry: modelling decision processes, planning and programming, analysis of organisation and functioning of forestry in the EU, assessment of conditions of forest management in forest districts;
- Economic system and efficacy of management in forestry: of cost analysis of performance of forest public functions and sources of financing of those functions, of cost analysis of forest units activities, methods of constructing financial-management plans, economic and financial aspects of forestry on areas of different level of forest protection and use, assessment of the forestry financing systems in Europe;
- Valuation of forest (productive and by-productive functions) and of damage in forests: forest valuation methods, as well as forest damage and indemnities, elaboration of forest stand value tables and principles of assessing of losses from cutting premature stand;
- Market research and marketing in forestry: modelling and forecasting of wood markets, marketing strategies in forestry, barriers of raw wood selling as a threat to the sustainability of forestry, and strategies for counteracting these threats, investigations on public opinion in needs and preferences concerning forest functions;
- Forest policy: elaborating the assumptions of the National Forest Program, economic, social and political aspects of afforestation of former agricultural land, model management of forests for recreation and leisure activities, elaborating a model of multi-functional model of forestry, sector of forest services - the level and scope of change, directions of the development and its role in palliating the unemployment.
- Biology and ecology of fungal pathogens - factors of infection diseases in forests,
- Fungal disease process at organ, organism, population, and biocenosis levels,
- The role and synergy of stressing factors affecting forest health condition in a host - pathogen - environment relationship,
- Methods of prevention and therapy in infection disease process,
- Economic importance and ecological consequences of fungal diseases,
- Phytopathological monitoring in managed forests.
- Phenotypic and genetic variations in breeding features of forest tree species,
- Genetic variability of species and forest tree populations and their identification using molecular biology methods (DNA, isoenzymes),
- Methods of conservation of genetic diversity of native populations of trees and shrubs,
- Long-term storage of seeds and plant tissues, assessing its physiological condition and quality,
- In-vitro breeding of forest tree species,
- Plantation culture of fast-growing tree species,
- Tree planting as a factor forming ecological balance of landscape,
- Impact of stress factors on physiological processes in forest trees.
- Silviculture and forest protection in mountain regions, especially natural and artificial forest regeneration, tending and restructuring of spruce stands, taking into account biotic and abiotic threats,
- Man-caused threats to mountain forests at conditions of multi-functional forestry and their impact on biodiversity,
- Assessment of threat, prevention and limitation of damage caused by insect pests and pathogenic fungi as well as methods for primary and secondary pests control,
- Monitoring of forest phytocoenoses in national parks and forest promotion areas.
- Silviculture in the regions of industrial impact on forests,
- Restoration of native forest-forming species of trees in conditions of contaminated air, water and soil,
- Mechanisms of industrial imission impact on the forest environment as well as an assessment of forest ecosystems degradation,
- State and changes of threats to forests from industrial imissions.
- Methods and technology of seedlings production,
- Microclimate of forest nurseries,
- Protection of forest nurseries and young cultures against weed plants,
- Recultivation of soils in forest nurseries,
- Afforestation of former agricultural land, waste-lands and devastated forest land, mechanisation of work,
- Ecological preconditions of silviculture,
- Spatial structure of stands and its formation processes,
- Methods of artificial regeneration and tending of stands,
- Natural regeneration of stands,
- Restructuring forest stands,
- Forming the stand resiliency against damaging abiotic and biotic factors using silvicultural methods,
- Protection of biodiversity in forest management,
- Phytosociology and dynamics of natural forest communities,
- Genetics and conservation of gene resources of forest trees,
- Biology, ecology and the role of selected groups of forest entomofauna,
- Behaviour ecology of big forest mammals,
- Biomonitoring of the forest environment,
- Nature conservation.
- Biology, ecology and economic importance of insects, arachnids, nematodes and other invertebrates in forest ecosystems;
- Methods of prediction threats to forest from insect pests and limitation of their numbers;
- Using biological and chemical control in forest protection and assessment of their impacts on forest environment,· Shaping resistance of forest ecosystems to the pests and diseases,
- Insect population outbreaks - their ecological and economic effects.
- Improving typological classification for multi-functional forestry,
- Dynamics and directions of changes occurring in soils and sites in various conditions of natural environment,
- Circulation of water, nutrients and heavy metals in forest environment,
- Regulation of water conditions in forests,· Water retention and management of water resources,
- Erosion phenomena in forest mountain areas.
- Methods of large-scale forest inventory,
- Assessing the state of forest resources and forest stand productivity,
- Building forest models,
- Forecasting the development of forest resources,
- Regulation of forest production,
- Forest surveying in forest district for forest planning needs,
- Monitoring of forest environment - structure, spatial distribution and dynamics of threats, pollution and damage to the forest environment,
- Spatial planning, landscape shaping, and preparation of diagnostic reports and forecasts of forest environment,
- Valuation of forest areas and their functions on global, regional and local scales,
- Systems: computerized sets of spatial information, remote sensing, and cartography for forestry needs.
- Assessing and improving technological processes of wood harvesting, especially with account of economic and ecological aspects as well as ergonomic and labour safety requirements,
- Properties of wood and elaboration of guidelines for its rational use, measuring, classification and recording,
- Assessing and estimating resources and elaboration of guidelines for harvest and collection of minor forest products,
- Works on standardization and elaboration of technical prescriptions for forest use.
- Using TV and infrared techniques for forest fire detection,
- Improving methods and criteria of assessment of fire hazards to forests,
- Using satellite imagery for assessing factors connected with forest wildfires,
- Methods of classification of forest areas in view of their fire hazard,
- Modelling the process of burning and spreading the forest wildfire,
- Fire prevention measures and enhancement of forest resistance to fire,
- Impact of fire upon the forest environment.
Participation in international projects:
Proforest Centre of Excellence (approved by European Commission nr QLK1-CT-2002-30315/ PROFOREST),
EFFE - Economic efficiency of forests in Europe,
COST E-30 - Economic integration of urban consumers' demand and rural forestry production.
Participation in national projects:
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