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Mysterious fungus threatens local trees
21 June, 2019
Mysterious fungus threatens local trees
FRUIT- bearing trees in local orchards as well as indigenous trees face a threat as a fungus which lives in a symbiotic relationship with the Polyphagous Shothole Boerer Beetle is mysteriously spreading through South Africa - it has already been spotted in some avocado trees in backyards. read more
Older Forests Resist Climate Change Better
21 June, 2019
Older Forests Resist Climate Change Better
In life, it seems that younger is always better but there are cases where that is not true. A new study is revealing that older forests can resist climate change better than younger ones. Older is better. The research conducted in eastern North America... read more
New facility launched to address biomass waste challenges, boost industry competitiveness
19 June, 2019
CSIR
A R37.5 million biorefinery industry development facility has been established at the CSIR in Durban to help ensure that maximum value is extracted from biomass waste. The facility, launched by the Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane... read more
Invasive beetle is killing SA’s trees. Here’s how to spot the signs
7 June, 2019
Invasive beetle is killing SA’s trees. Here’s how to spot the signs
Cape Town residents have been urged to be on the lookout after an invasive beetle was spotted in Somerset West. The Polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) beetle is native to Asia and has a symbiotic relationship with ambrosial fungi, which kills trees. read more
Research identifies alternative uses for fly ash from pulp and paper mills
4 June, 2019
CSIR
CSIR researchers have found that fly ash, a by-product of the South African pulp and paper industry, can be used as a supplementary cementitious material in the production of cement concrete. The South African pulp and paper industry is under pressure to find alternative options... read more
Seeing the forest, not just the trees
4 June, 2019
Seeing the forest, not just the trees
Nature-based solutions such as ecosystem restoration will play an indispensable role in addressing climate change, but a strong economic case will need to be made to convince policymakers, investors and business leaders to place them higher on the agenda. read more
Eni to focus on saving African forests to offset CO2 emissions
29 May, 2019
Eni to focus on saving African forests
Eni's plan to offset emissions from its oil and gas operations will focus on working with African communities to prevent deforestation.The project is part of the Italian energy giant's goal of removing the equivalent of 20 million tons a year of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by 2030. read more
A global map to understand changing forests
29 May, 2019
Changing Forests
An international collaboration of hundreds of scientists-led in part by the Forest Advanced Computing and Artificial Intelligence(FACAI) Laboratory in Purdue's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources-has developed the world's first global map of tree symbioses. read more
Brazilian pulp industry announces record reduction in water use
15 May, 2019
IBA
Veracel has announced its best result, breaking the internal record in reducing the use of water. The marker was 23.6 cubic meters of water for each ton of pulp produced. Previously, the best annual mark had been 25 cubic meters for each one ton produced. read more
Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches a new fiber-based solution for paper straws
15 May, 2019
IBA
Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches CelluStrawTM,a new fiber-based solution for drinking paper straws. Paper-based materials will enable key players of the food industry, such as fast-food chains, to demonstrate their high level of commitment to better protection of the environment... read more

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