Great effort for southern Swedish woods

The Swedish forestry industry and the agricultural university makes a common research effort to make the advises about forestry up to date with how the forests actually are constituted.

Read the whole story in the newsletter from Pär Fornling, SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)!

Solution for plastic recycling in sight

caterpillarWorms can be the solution to the huge problem with recycling of plastic. The larvae of the wax moth Galleria mellonella, bio-degradiates plastics really fast and produces ethylene glycol, a Spanish researcher found out.

Read more in Current Biology!

Keep it up, researchers!

tallar Kolfallet 2010New report calls for action to secure research integrity.

The report comes from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), and is called Fostering Integrity in Research. The authors recommend for example to establish a new Research Integrity Advisory Board (RIAB) and taking stronger actions to discourage and eliminate practices that are clearly detrimental to research, writes Science.

Read the article here!

Future carbon emissions from water overrated

skogsback_varmland_426_210Higher temperatures, due to climate change, are expected to lead to faster rates of organic matter breakdown in streams and rivers. That would cause increased carbon emissions to the atmosphere.
But the theory is now refuted by a new study at the University of Utah.
The study indicates that the increase in carbon emissions will be only half the expected, writes

Read more here!

Poplar can soon compete with spruce

Henrik Böhlenius, SLU, is growing poplar in different locations throughout Sweden. He wants to make it a good alternative to spruce. It seems to work out really well!


Read the article written by Pär Fornling here!

Swedish fashion company take lead for the environment

The large Swedish fashion company H&M joins Climate Savers, the WWF program to reduce climate change.

By joining the program H&M wants to reduce climate change throw the whole chain from suppliers and transports to costumers. But it also understands the economic advantage of being environmentally aware in the eye of the costumer, writes

Read more here!

New programme for environment co-operation

A new programme for financing co-operation projects between Nordic and North-West Russian partners for the benefit of environment and climate is launching it’s first call for proposals. The goal is to directly improve the climate in North West Russia, the whole Nordic and Baltic countries and the Barents region.

Grant financing can be awarded to a lead Nordic non-commercial partner (public Nordic institutions or non-profit organisations) for the implementation of projects with environmental and climate benefits in co-operation with one or more non-commercial corresponding local partners located in North-West Russia and possibly also in another Nordic country. Selected proposals may receive grant financing from EUR 30,000 to EUR 200,000 subject to certain co-financing requirements.

The Programme is financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) and the Barents Hot Spots Facility (BHSF) and administered by NEFCO.

Read more about the programme and how to apply here!

Nominate your hero

Do you know anyone who did something good to bring science to a broader audince? You can nominate her or him to a reward!

The reward, which will be , is The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry reward for exemplary efforts in science communication. It will be awarded someone who has succeeded in communicating results of science to others than researchers.

Whoever wants to, can nominate a candidate! The prize is 20 000 SEK.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry was founded 1813 and works for the governance of natural resources.

Read more and get the form here!

Best movie ever: Live tracking of moving sample

Researchers have found a way to watch plants grow – with no tricky adjustments of microscopes day after day!

SNSScienceThe key is some special equpiement that, among other things, concists of a program that lets microscopes automatically track moving objects invisible to the human eye, writes

Together with a microscope that uses lasers and flourescent lights, a special lighting system and a microscope setup flipped on its side, the researchers can watch the cells in root tips of plants growing and splitting in 3D over the course of days. The plants can grow vertically, allowing the root tips growing along the natural gravity vector over prolonged periods of time.

Have a look here!

Read more here!

Wanted: PhD student

There is a new PhD position announced in forest management, with focus on natural regeneration and management of birch.

The applicant should have a master in forest science or related subjects and an interest both in applied forest management and theoretical silviculture understanding.

Read more here!