Forest Foliar Co-ordinating Centre (FFCC)
19th Needle/Leaf Interlaboratory Comparison Test - 2016/2017
45 laboratories in 22 countries participated in the 19th Needle/Leaf Interlaboratory Test, but only 44 laboratories submit results in time. As test materials three spruce and one pine sample were submitted. Special thank to all colleagues for collecting and preparing samples for this ringtest. Ringtest sample 2 is avaliable now as reference material also for heavy metals (As, Co, Cr, Hg, Mo, Ni, Tl, V).
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Re-Qualification Process after the 19th Needle and Leaf Interlaboratory Test 2016/2017
The qualification process starts with the ringtest participation. All participating ICP-Forests laboratories must analyze at least all the mandatory parameters. Finally, each laboratory and the NFC receive a qualification report together with the ringtest report. The laboratory passed for parameters highlighted in green and failed for parameters highlighted in orange. For the orange highlighted parameters a re-qualification is needed.  >>>
5th Meeting of the Heads of the Laboratories 17.9.-18.9.2015 / Vienna
The 5th ICP-Forests Meeting of the Heads of the Laboratories took place from 17.9.-18.9.2015 in Vienna. 29 participants from 19 countries participate in the meeting. Main topics were the results of the ongoing ringtest program for foliage, deposition and soil solution and for soil.  >>>
14th Expert Panel Meeting Foliage and Litterfall 2015 - Göttingen/Germany
The 14th Expert Panel Meeting Foliage and Litterfall took place from 21 to 22 April 2015 in Göttingen, Germany. 38 participants from 18 countries attended the meeting. The meeting was organized from the Northwest Forest Research Station.
Agenda of the Meeting (370k)
Minutes of the Meeting (1.9MB)
Minutes of the QA/QC-Meeting and the Ringtest results (90kB)
Tree mineral nutrition is deteriorating in Europe
from Jonard M., Fürst A., Verstraeten A., Thimonier A., Timmermann V., Potočić N., Waldner P., Benham S., Hansen K., Merilä P., Ponette Q., de la Cruz A., Roskams P., Nicolas M., Croisé L., Ingerslev M., Matteucci G., Decinti B., Bascietto M., Rautio P. (2014).

Article is online in Global Change Biology
Classification Values for European Foliage Data
These classification values were fixed at the 3rd and 4th Forest Foliar Expert Panel Meeting, in the 13th Forest Foliar Expert Panel Meeting the names of these classes were also fixed. These classification values should be used for the harmonize classification of element concentrations in foliage samples from European surveys.  >>>
Forest Monitoring - Methods for terrestrial investigations in Europe with an overview of North America and Asia
The book present scientific concepts and methods that form the basis of the transnational, long-term (environmental) forest monitoring in Europe and looks at other initiatives at the global level. Standardized methods that have been developed over two decades in international forest monitoring projects are presented.
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Foliage and litterfall reference samples
BFW has prepared and offers reference samples (Spruce needles, Maple leaves, litterfall sample-beech leaves, Pine needles) with known element concentrations to support the QA/QC in Europaen laboratories which participate in forest environmental monitoring. These samples can be used for the validation of the analytical methods.
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