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The subject area silviculture covers research on short- and long-term effects of silvicultural systems, forest operations and strategies on set targets for forest management, with a focus on northern temperate, boreal and tropical forests.

One important set target is growth and yield and thus the provision of wood but other ecosystem services like climate mitigation (carbon sequestration) and impacts on biodiversity (tree species diversity and amount of dead wood) are also important.

The research is based on

  • long-term field experiments (many of them managed by the Unit for field-based forest research)
  • survey studies
  • laboratory experiments
  • simulations


Research and Education

Typical research and education activities concern both deeper biogeophysical process understanding, as well as the development of sustainable forest management. Our silvicultural research in tropical areas spans a broad range of tropical ecosystems, from natural forests, and planted forests to agroforestry.

Examples of research questions are:

  • How can rainforests be used in a sustainable way?
  • Can trees improve water supply in semi-arid areas?

Our students are from both Sweden and from tropical countries.

For more information contact

Ulrik Ilstedt, Researcher
Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, joint staff

ulrik.ilstedt@slu.se+46907868390, +46701510075
Published: 16 December 2022 - Page editor: tejshree.tiwari@slu.se

Department of Forest Ecology and Management 

Head of department Hjalmar Laudon, +46-90-786 8584

Deputy Head of department, premises & security Mats Öquist, +46-90-786 8525

Deputy Head of department, undergraduate studies Gustaf Egnell +46-90-786 8455

Deputy Head of department, post graduate studies Michael Gundale, +46-90-786 8427

Deputy Head of department, equal opportunities Kelley Gundale, +46-90-786 8444

Deputy Head of department, young researchers Lars Östlund, +46-90-786 8442 

Postal address: SLU, Skogens ekologi och skötsel, 901 83 Umeå, Sweden.
Visiting address: Skogsmarksgränd 17, Umeå


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