Department of Forest Protection
task of the Department of Forest Protection is to investigate biotic
and abiotic harmful factors, to develop control strategies and to
provide the basic data for legal air pollution control measures.
Monitoring and interdisciplinary forest protection projects, also
within the framework of international cooperation programmes, provide
substantial basic information for environmental policy measures.
Another key task of the Department is to provide information and expert
advice to forest enterprises, forest authorities, training centres,
nurseries and individuals. In addition, the Department Phytosanitary
Service fulfils statutory tasks in the field of quarantine pest control.
Priority Areas of Work
||Regarding the dramatic increase of bark
beetle damaged wood following the extremely high summer
temperatures in 2003, draught and storm damage in some alpine valleys, the
department has installed bark beetle monitoring plots in several parts
||Non-treated packing wood provides an
ideal pathway for the introduction of pests
from exotic countries. Spread of such invasive organisms can lead to devastation of forest stands. The Phytosanitary Service is responsible for
the inspection of packing wood from non-European countries in
compliance with EU regulations.
||Plant analyses are used to identify air
pollutants and to monitor the nutrient supply. For this purpose, in
autumn leaf and needle samples are taken from the canopy and
nutritional status determined through foliar analysis in the
laboratory. The results are submitted to the provincial authorities
providing substantial information for forest policy decision-making and
certification of industrial plants.
||The testing and development of
alternative methods and tools for pest control with special
emphasis on environmentally sound (biological) methods is part of the
tasks of the department.
||Woody plants are affected by numerous abiotic and biotic agents. The identification of pathogens is a central task. The department offers a diagnostic service for the public as well as an online information system as a support for diagnoses, providing illustrations of numerous pathogens and information on symptoms, biology, impact and control (tree diseases, damaging insects, abiotic causes of disorders).
Main Tasks and Activities
- Development of control strategies against biotic and abiotic damaging factors
- Data collection as a tool for legal air pollution control measures
- Expert opinion on biotic and abiotic damaging factors
- Expert advice to forest enterprises, forest authorities, training centres, nurseries and individuals
- Foliar analysis to determine air pollutants and nutritional status
- Phytosanitary Service to protect the forest against quarantine pest
Head of Department: Privatdozent DI Dr. Gernot Hoch
Tel. +43-1-87838-1155, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Doris Schuh
+43-1-87838-1131 or -1132, Fax
email: email@example.comSeckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8, 1131 Vienna, Austria
Tomiczek, C.; Khorchidi, M.