How forest fires also have an impact on lakes

The forest fires in Canada during the summer of 2023 were particularly devastating. With the destructive impact on human infrastructure, plumes of smoke covering thousands of square kilometers and millions of tons of CO2 ...

Scientists map biodiversity changes in the world's forests

A group of EPFL and ETH Zurich scientists have mapped the biodiversity in forests worldwide. Their data, when combined with climate projections, reveal trends that could support ecosystem conservation and restoration efforts.

How wildfires change soil chemistry

The huge, long-lasting wildfires that have become increasingly common in recent years can cause changes in soil chemistry that affect water contamination, air quality, and plant growth. But these changes are poorly monitored ...

Nitrogen pollution is less harmful to mixed forests, study shows

In a study published in the journal Plant and Soil, researchers from the Institute of Applied Ecology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have shown that mixed larch and deciduous forests are more resistant to soil acidification—a ...

Study uncovers the role of soil microbes in forest ecosystems

Assessing the function of forest ecosystems requires a deep understanding of the mechanisms of soil nitrogen mineralization. A study conducted by a team of researchers has shed light on how soil N-cycling genes drive soil ...

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