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Alpenpflanzen am Scalettapass

Biodiversity is steadily decreasing in Switzerland. Steps must be taken to protect it so that ecosystems can continue to provide such valuable services as ensuring that soils remain stable and fertile. At WSL we have been developing a scientific basis for monitoring and enhancing biodiversity.

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The WSL plant protection lab

Pflanzenschutzlabor Climate change and international trade in plants are increasing the incidence of invasive, non-native pest plants in Switzerland. These foreign invaders pose a real threat to Swiss ecosystems, biodiversity, and the commercial exploitation of Switzerland's forests. The federal government therefore tasked the Federal Institute for Forest, Snow, and Landscape Research (WSL) to build a laboratory where organisms that harm trees and shrubs can be identified and effective measures devised to combat these pests.
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Biodiversity does not always improve resistance of forest ecosystems to drought
Biodiversity does not always improve resistance of forests to drought

01.10.2014: Due to climate change, parts of the world will face droughts that will affect forest health.

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Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL, 2015:
WSL-Magazin Diagonal. Dem Umweltwandel auf der Spur.

WSL-Mag. Diagonal 2015, 1: 36 S.

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Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL, 2014:
WSL-Magazin Diagonal. Invasive Arten: Freund oder Feind?

WSL-Mag. Diagonal 2014, 2: 36 S.

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Second edition of „Data Analysis in Vegetation Ecology“
Data Analysis - Second Edition

13.05.2013: Is the plant cover of the earth determined by environmental factors, by evolutionary processes or by human influence? Using various real-life examples this book explains how data analysis and subsequent interpretation can help to find answers. Second amplified edition.

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