Interesting Research News and Tools for Landowners

Posted: August 15, 2014

Throughout the month we receive notice of interesting and relevant research and items. These items come from partner organizations. We'll use this space to share these items with you.

Battle of the ash borer: Researchers looking to slow devastation decades after insect's Michigan arrival

 Earlier this year, researchers from Michigan State University published the results of a meticulous effort to determine where and when the borer arrived and how it spread.

 Kudzu heads north

 As the climate warms, the vine that ate the South is starting to gnaw at parts of the North too.

 Tree and forest effects on air quality and human health in the US

 Trees remove air pollution by the interception of particulate matter on plant surfaces and the absorption of gaseous pollutants through the leaf stomata. However, the magnitude and value of the effects of trees and forests on air quality and human health across the United States remains unknown. Computer simulations with local environmental data reveal that trees and forests in the conterminous United States removed 17.4 million tonnes (t) of air pollution in 2010, with human health effects valued at 6.8 billion U.S. dollars. This pollution removal equated to an average air quality improvement of less than one percent. Most of the pollution removal occurred in rural areas, while most of the health impacts and values were within urban areas. Health impacts included the avoidance of more than 850 incidences of human mortality and 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms.

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