SNS paves the way for more co-operation in Nordic forest research

Climate change, ash dieback and several other areas in forest research will be the focus of Nordic collaboration in the coming years.


For SNS, 2021 was a super-year. We got a whole bunch of new networks that will work for Nordic co-operation in several forest-related areas. Seven new research projects and two NordForNet will work for the best of the Nordic forests and forestry in the coming years.

We already got seven new annual networks for forest researcher, read more.

The evaluation of the NordForNet and research network applications is made by external assessors in relevant research areas. The SNS board then decides to reject or approve the application.


These research projects were approved this year (texts taken from the applications):

Transdisciplinary co-production in forest policy research (ForPol)
“The ForPol project will… support transdisciplinary outreach and stakeholder engagement in relation to the GreenPole project. In particular, the ForPol project aims at improving the inclusion of stakeholder perspectives into the scientific process, and the communication of scientific results to the general public.”

Catching up with climate change by shortcuts in breeding; Joint Nordic efforts to prove the concept of Breeding Without Breeding (BWB)
The motive of BWB is: “to develop cost-effective molecular marker tools for large scale selection and to prooftest a cost effective game-changing tree breeding strategy that overcomes the limitations of conventional breeding. BWB approach potentially accelerates forest tree breeding by operating directly on commercial forests.”

Development of ash reproductive material for forestry and nature conservation
“The general aim of the proposed project is to continue the efforts started in partnering Nordic and Baltic countries leading to restoration of ash trees in the region. The specific objective is to start monitoring and conduct the development of 2nd generation genetic test trials that can be crucial for ash conservation established under the SNS-126 project.”

PROTECT: Effects of defense priming on Norway spruce needle microbiome and pest resistance
“In correlation with our Research Council of Norway funded project on the effects of Norway spruce defense priming on the root microbiome and resistance, we will also analyse the effects of spruce defense priming and soil microbiota on the spruce needle microbiome and resistance.”

Understanding the role and interplay of forest microclimates for successfully balancing productivity and biodiversity among Nordic forest landscapes
“This project focuses on forest microclimates and forest biodiversity within productive and non-productive forest stands throughout Scandinavia. The aim of Work Package 1 is to better understand the role forest microclimates play in modulating biotic responses to both macroclimatic warming and land-use.”

SYNERGIES: Enhancing the sustainable integration of wood biomass production with other ecosystem services 
“The general aim of the proposed project is to enhance the sustainable production of wood biomass, interlinking current research efforts started in partnering Nordic and Baltic countries.”

Fire mitigation through fuel management in Nordic forests (NordicFireFuels, NFF)
“The proposed project will… test and qualify fuel effects on fire behavior and… estimate potential impact of mitigation strategies upon the economic output of forest management programs.”


These NordForNets was approved this year (texts taken from the applications):

Genetics and management for stress tolerant trees for the future climate (TolerantTree)
“The overall objective of this proposal, TolerantTree, is to support development and implementation of good practices for use and management of forest genetic resources with emphasis on adaption and tolerance to climate change and management of pests and diseases.”

INFOBIOM – Nordic Network for Integrated Forest Resource and Biodiversity Monitoring
Biodiversity is notoriously difficult to map and monitor. Our project will address the indicators used in assessment of habitat quality and hence the preservation of biodiversity by bringing together experts in large-scale monitoring and biodiversity.

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