This illustration shows the impact of storm surge on coastal infrastructure and people with and without mangrove forests. Credit: © World Bank and Punto Aparte   ENLARGE The natural coastal defenses provided by mangrove forests reduce annual flooding significantly in critical hotspots around the world. Without mangroves, flood damages would increase […]

A pristine mangrove forest dominated by Rhizophora mucronata at Lampi Island in Tanintharyi region, Myanmar. Credit: Dr Maung Maung Than Mangroves account for only 0.7% of the Earth’s tropical forest area, but they are among the world’s most productive and important ecosystems. They provide a wealth of ecological and socio-economic […]

Representative potted Abies fraseri and inoculated apples used to test Koch’s Postulates. Credit: De-Wei Li, Neil P. Schultes, James A. LaMondia, and Richard S. Cowles Grown as Christmas trees, Fraser firs are highly prized for their rich color and pleasant scent as well as their ability to hold their needles. […]

The chambers attached to trees were used to measure the greenhouse gas N2O emissions in this study. Credit: Mari Pihlatie A recently published study, completed by researchers from the University of Helsinki together with Dr Katerina Machacova, a visiting scholar, demonstrates that boreal forests of the Northern Hemisphere are sources […]