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Forests Can Play a Key Role in Addressing Global Hunger and Malnutrition

Diane Banegas, August 31, 2015 at 2:45pm

Although row crop agriculture will remain the major source of food for people around the globe, the link between forests and food production and nutrition could be a key to ending world hunger. That’s the conclusion reached by the authors of “Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition: A Global Assessment Report,” a report released by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, or “IUFRO.”

Shortleaf Pine: The Future Requires Fire

Sarah Farmer, August 21, 2015 at 4:00pm

Shortleaf and loblolly pine are closely related and have always hybridized occasionally. “However, hybrids are now so common that they may threaten shortleaf pine’s existence as a genetically distinct species,” says U.S. Forest Service scientist Dana Nelson. “Our study is the first to show that fire helps maintain genetic distinctions between shortleaf and loblolly pine.”

Shortleaf pine cone

Profile on ORISE Fellow: Tara Haan

Carita Chan, August 21, 2015 at 12:45pm

Before she turned 10, Tara Haan told her family she would become a scientist.  Haan, who currently works as an “ORISE Fellow” with USDA Forest Service Research & Development, was fascinated by wildlife and the outdoors, and a future in environmental science was a natural fit.

Taking sample of water in a swamp. courtesy of ThinkstockClimate change

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