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Soils harbour countless organisms that are paramount in degrading organic matter. (German only)


The Swiss National Forest Inventory at the WSL has completed the first census of red forest ants in Switzerland. (German or French)


2017 saw the highest cost of damage caused by flooding, landslides, debris flows, rockfall and rock avalanches since 2007.


A jury met at WSL to choose among the 12 finalistes of the Swiss Arctic Project.


The amount of spruce wood infested by bark beetles in Switzerland has risen further in 2017, according to the Swiss Forest Protection at WSL.


Researchers have for the first time in Switzerland isolated three bacteria species associated with Acute Oak Decline (AOD). (German only)


Apply before February 25th to take part in a climate expedition to the Arctic next summer alongside four other young people.


At the SLF, Top scientists and leading politicians discussed how science contributes to prosperity and a safe, secure society.


In the Swiss Alps, the time lag between leafing of trees at high and low altitudes has shortened dramatically since the 1960s.


Scots pines from the last ice age reveal interesting facts about the climate back then. Researchers from WSL know managed to isolate DNA from the ancient wood.


The ETH Zurich has appointed the tree physiologist Arthur Gessler, leader of the gropu Forest Growth and Climate at WSL, as adjunct professor.


Francesca Pellicciotti has been awarded a substantial EU grant for her research into glacier retreat in the Himalayas. She will carry out the glacial research while based at WSL.


The max.moor mechanism devised by the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL makes it possible for raised-bog restoration to be used as a way to offset these emissions.


The latest issue of the WSL magazine DIAGONAL has been published. It focuses on the key theme "Landscape: Much more than just a backdrop".


An international consortium with the participation of WSL researchers now sequenced the genomes of four Armillaria species, including one of the most feared forest pathogens.


WSL scientists have found that peat bogs can effectively withstand both moderate and glacial climates.


Switzerland's forests are under pressure. Forestry researchers from a wide variety of institutions have now joined forces in the SwissForestLab, launched by WSL.


Paradoxically, climate change increases the risk of spring frost for trees growing at higher elevations.


How do mixing effects change depending on the species composition of a forest stand? And is it true that trees are more likely to positively complement each other when environmental conditions are...


Biomass has great potential in Switzerland for future heat and electricity generation and fuel production.