Determining wood quality at each case study 

At ONEforest, we are dedicated to promoting the sustainable development and protective function of mountain forests amidst the challenges posed by climate change and disturbances. As part of our ongoing efforts, we are conducting comprehensive studies to determine wood quality at each case study site, ensuring the resilience and longevity of these valuable ecosystems.

Currently, our partners from the Biotechnical Faculty, specifically the Department of Wood Science and Technology at the University of Ljubljana, are at the forefront of research. They are exploring the future influence of climate change on wood properties, utilizing a multi-faceted approach to assess wood quality and its potential changes.

“The results will show what silvicultural methods need to be applied in the forest to ensure quality wood raw material, which is one of the objectives of the ONEforest project”, explains Boštjan Lesar from the Biotechnical Faculty.

To achieve this, they conducted tests on wood against wood decay fungi and performed water ability tests. Sampling of trees was carried out in Slovenia, Switzerland, and Austria, both at low elevations (around 500 m) and high elevations (over 1000 m above sea level).

The research includes fungal resistance tests, short- and long-term water uptake tests, and examinations to determine the sorption properties of the wood.

Stay tuned to discover the results of this study!