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Forest health and biotic interactions

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Head: Dr. Eckehard Brockerhoff

The research unit studies the effect of biotic factors (in particular insects and fungi) on forest health and develops the scientific basis for protecting the forest against potential pests and pathogens. We conduct surveys on the emergence of forest pests and diseases, advise forestry services on forest protection issues, and assist the federal government and cantonal authorities with measures to combat pests and pathogens. The unit's infrastructure includes a modern diagnostic laboratory and a high-security plant protection laboratory, so that alien organisms can be dealt with appropriately.

Another focus of the unit is on studying the effect of biotic (alien species) and abiotic disturbances (wind damage, climate change), as well as cultivation, on invertebrate fauna and the interactions between them and their host trees.

 

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