30th May 2024

HOT NEWS BYTES: Innovations and inventions for next level forestry

Sappi Southern Africa has concluded a milestone 175GWh per annum renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement with Enpower Trading, a NERSA-licensed

16th May 2024

Search for biocontrol of invasive American bramble intensifies

Invasive American bramble is a thorn in the side of foresters, farmers and land managers across large swaths of South

27th March 2024

Time to build with timber

How engineered wood can decarbonise the South African built environment …by Roy Southey, Executive Director, Sawmilling South Africa Our planet

23rd February 2024

Navigating the minefield of pesticide use in forestry

A ground-breaking study undertaken in the KZN midlands shows that pesticides commonly used in South African plantation forests pose low

03rd July 2023

Climate change & forestry sustainability on research radar

Professor Mary Scholes is heading up a research initiative on climate change and plantation sustainability at Wits University, supported by

24th April 2023

Cypress canker threatens exotic & native trees in SA

Cypress canker is killing exotic cypress trees in South Africa and poses a serious threat to native cedars, setting alarm

21st April 2023

In search of a biocontrol for the Shot Hole Borer

Since it was discovered in KwaZulu-Natal in 2017, the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) (Euwallacea fornicates) has spread rapidly into

27th June 2022

FSA secures R18 m funding for forest protection

A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) concluded between Forestry South Africa and the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE)

31st May 2022

Using drone & satellite to track pest damage

FABI and ICFR researchers are collaborating in an innovative project to develop a system to monitor the impact of the

29th March 2022

Massive potential for drones in forestry

From data collection on the health of trees to monitoring plantation, road and river crossing conditions on the ground or

17th January 2022

Vergelegen estate tests enviro-friendly gum poles

Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West is testing the use of untreated, environment friendly poles in its vineyards. The untreated

07th December 2021

Are multi-storey timber buildings viable in South Africa?

Research by a structural engineer finds that construction of multi-story timber buildings would be financially feasible in South Africa, but

29th October 2021

EucXylo team set to grow

A small nursery of 12 newly planted Eucalyptus trees near the Department of Forest and Wood Sciences at Stellenbosch University

28th June 2021

Drone-mounted tool for sampling tree canopies

A University of Sherbrooke research team specialising in aerial robotics has developed a self-powered, drone-mounted tool that is able to

26th April 2021

Andrew Morris - big contribution to forestry research

Dr Andrew Morris, who retired from his post as CEO of the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR) at the

22nd April 2021

International collaboration boosts forestry education

Five South African universities have partnered with local and international stakeholders to introduce cutting edge, climate-smart forestry and entrepreneurship to

24th March 2021

SA researchers push the innovation envelope

​Three South African researchers have made it to the global shortlist of the Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Awards.

14th January 2021

ICFR lab offers new opportunities for research and innovation

The development of an Analytical Laboratory Service (ALS) Platform at the ICFR has led to a resurgence of laboratory-based forestry

18th September 2020

York funds research in timber structural engineering innovation

PRETORIA – Forestry company York Timbers, the largest solid wood processor in South Africa, has signed a funding agreement with

19th August 2020

Blue Sky Awards call for submissions

The deadline for entries in the local leg of the Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Award is Monday 24th August.

09th June 2020

Ultra strong and flexible wood film could replace plastic

Wood and fibre scientist Qilang Fu and his team at Scion Research have created a transparent wood film that is

25th July 2018

Mining forestry waste streams

The South African government has launched a R37.5 million biorefinery facility designed to develop technologies for extracting maximum value from

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