Abiotic and biotic disturbances and climate change have major impacts on the health and vitality of the forests and can result in major economic losses and harmful environmental impacts. They can have unfavourable effects on tree growth, biomass and wood yield, tree survival and quality of wood, non-wood products and wildlife habitats, recreation and scenic and cultural values. Climate change is worsening these impacts and there is still major uncertainty about the interactions between disturbances, climate change and forests. Forest health is also linked to forest ecosystem services provided by forests.
Forest health research group is studying impacts of forest disturbances, forest microbiota and animals and climate change impacts to forest yield, productivity and quality of wood and non-wood products as well as ecosystem services.
At the forest health team, at the present, there are twenty two post doc researchers, researchers or visiting scientists working within three research lines: 1) forest health; climate change management, 2) forest health; utilization and management of biodiversity, and 3) forest health and biotic damages.