SVIBOR - Project code: 4-04-144


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Project code: 4-04-144

Enlargement of stability and production of most important Forest Ecosystems

Main researcher: MATIĆ, SLAVKO (29636)

Type of research: applied
Duration from: 01/01/91. to 12/31/95.

Papers on project (total): 35
Papers on project quoted in Current Contents: 16
Institution name: Šumarski fakultet, Zagreb (68)
Department/Institute: Silviculture Department
Address: Svetošimunska 25
City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: 385 (0)1 21-82-88
Fax: 385 (0)1 21-86-16

Summary: Forestry researchers of all Europe including Croatia are well aware that only stable forest ecosystems with natural structures are capable of high production of generally useful goods (ecological support) and of direct use (wood mass). The research on silviculture and other activities within forest ecosystems aimed at forming particular structural characteristics that will enable stability and productivity of forest ecosystems present a fundamental condition for the forests as natural areas and for forestry as a branch of economy. The research would encompass our most valuable forest ecosystems spreading in the regions of the regular lowlands forests (peduncled oak forests), mountains (sessile-flowered oak and beech forests), selection mountains forests (fir, beech and spruce). Team work would define the existing status of the forests and determine the economic issues, all aimed at achieving stability and productivity of our forest ecosystems. Accordingly, the following scientific fields would be dealt with: phytocenology, pedology, ecology, silviculture, management, biometrics and hunting. The obtained results of the research would determine what operations in forest ecosystems would be used to form stand structures that would enable both stability and highest possible production.

Keywords: Natural stands, structure, stability, production, silviculture, regular forest, selection forest, tending, regeneration.

Research goals: The Aim is to investigate and determine those activities within the forest ecosystems that would form such stand structures which would secure both stability and production of the generally useful goods and biomass. Owing to unfavourable ecological changes in the air, water and soil and inadequate operations, the changes occuring in the forest ecosystems are obvious: the production and forest stability have decreased, the forests are dying. Once stable and productive, the forest ecosystems subjected to such impacts have been showing signs of instability: all forest vegetation zones - lowland (peduncled oak forests), mountains (sessile - flowered oak and beech), and high mountain forests (beech, fir and spruce). It is necessary to define the status of our most important forest ecosystems before determining the methods that would help to achieve such structural properties which could secure their stability, productivity and natural regeneration. We may expect that such forest ecosystems would enable permanent production of those goods that belong to the generally useful forest functions and others defined as wood mass. In addition, this would be another great step in the efforts against the severe dieback of our forests.


  1. Name of institution: JP "Hrvatske šume"
    Type of institution: Economical/Production
    Type of cooperation: Systematic exchange of information
    City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia

  2. Name of institution: Šumarski institut Jastrebarsko
    Type of institution: State institute
    Type of cooperation: Systematic exchange of information
    City: 10420 - Jastrebarsko, Croatia


  1. Name: Bibliografija radova istraživača Zavoda za istraživanja u šumarstvu Šumarskog fakulteta u Zagrebu za razdoblje 1986-1990.
    Type of achievement: Catalogues, address books,
    Authors: Đuro Rauš, Joso Vukelić

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