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Exchange of experiences between Turkey and Catalonia on black truffle and aromatic and medicinal plants

25 Turkish stakeholders and 6 from Catalonia, exchanged experiences and discussed on black truffle and aromatic and medicinal plants during a field visit in southeastern Turkey, within the TRUMAP project. The meeting took place in Antalya, Denizli and Fethiye, from 14 to 17 June The TRUMAP project, coordinated...
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European Union needs more strategic planning of conservation investment

Researchers from the Forest Science Centre of Catalonia (CTFC), CREAF and CSIC have analysed the distribution of European funds for biodiversity conservation. After confirming that many threatened species are being left out, they propose more strategic planning, focused on most endangered species. They also recommend greater flexibility in setting...
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Forest biomass extraction for energy uses – an opportunity to reduce the impact of large forest fires in Mediterranean ecosystems

The integration of forest management with renewable energy uses may help land managers in optimizing firefighting programs, a new study shows. This strategy will be especially relevant in Mediterranean countries given the increasing intensity of forest fires caused by climate change and land abandonment.   This study, led by...
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PhD fellow in Fungal diversity and productivity. Open position

The PhD position is at the Departament of Crop and Forest Sciences, University of Lleida, Spain, and the Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia, Solsona, Spain. Expected starting date is October 2016. The application deadline is June 30, 2016. Project title: Evaluation of fungal diversity and productivity and their influence in generating forest...
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StarTree 3rd Regional Stakeholder Group meeting in Catalonia

Poblet monastery hosted the third stakeholder meeting of StarTree on 13 April 2016. Technicians from the Catalan Forest Service, mycologists, experts in mushroom production and regulations, representatives from private and public forest owners, as well as of the mushroom and truffle industry gathered to discuss the latest advances within...
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Expert Workshop on Financial and Institutional Innovation for Reducing the Risks of Private Sector Investments in Sustainable Forestry

When: 21 i 22 d’Abril Where: Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya (CTFC), Solsona Organization:                   Join this workshop where key stakeholders from various fields including impact finance, private banks, insurance, development banks, forest and landscape enterprises, etc. will have the opportunity to...
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Modeling thinning effects on water competition and growth in a holm oak coppice (Quercus ilex L.)

Wednesday, February 3 2016. 11h30.  CTFC Speaker: Antoine Cabon, (predoctoral researcher CEMFOR-CTFC/CREAF). Summary: Thinning effects on water competition and secondary growth were monitored for 30 years in the south of France in a Holm oak coppice. The reduction of wàter stress as a result of opening the forest cover increased stem...
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Drought stress in Catalan forests can now be readily predicted

A study led by the Forest Science Centre of Catalonia (CTFC), in collaboration with CREAF, enables to assess drought stress for Catalan tree species at regional scale by coupling forest inventory data with mathematical models. This will make it possible to anticipate and mitigate drought effects, promoting the health...
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Integrating ecological models to secure the future of biodiversity across flammable continents

Wednesday, 20/01/2016. 11h30 Speaker: Luke Kelly (postdoctoral researcher in CTFC Landscape Ecology department) Summary Fire is a natural process that shapes ecosystems worldwide. However, the frequency of fires has been modified by climate change and population growth, and inappropriate fire regimes threaten biodiversity in Australia and the Mediterranean Basin. There...
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Adult training on handicraft production of medicinal and aromatic plants goes ahead with the design of its syllabus

After the study of the sector needs, the design of the herbs craft production course syllabus is being implemented thanks to Herbartis project. Led by Spain and embodied by the Forest Science Center of Catalonia (CTFC), this project aims to strengthen new learning possibilities of herbal craftsmen Everybody interested...
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