Why Australia’s severe bushfires may be bad news for tree regeneration
Australia’s trees have evolved with fire, most needing it for renewal, but now our forests have had too much severe fire, say University of Melbourne experts.
Planting trees is no substitute for natural forests
University of Melbourne research finds allowing degraded natural forests to re-grow is a more effective than planting new trees for storing atmospheric carbon.
One million urban trees
Trees are critical for urban sustainability and liveability, but so is planting the right things in the right places, says a University of Melbourne expert.
Protecting our thirsty urban trees from more harsh summers
Urban forests keep our cities cool and healthy, but University of Melbourne research finds as temperatures go up, we're going to have to be wiser with our water
Finding the building blocks of wood
An international team, including University of Melbourne scientists, is looking inside trees to learn exactly how wood is formed at the cellular level.
Going green: Are fake Christmas trees more eco-friendly than the real thing?
When it comes to a real versus plastic Christmas tree, according to University of Melbourne experts, the genuine article is greener in more ways than one.
Making friends with fronds: understanding plants’ feelings
Dr Kim Johnson from the University of Melbourne discusses how plants respond to their environments and how this understanding can help grow better crops.
Written in King Billy’s tree rings: 1700 years of climate history
University of Melbourne researchers have published a 1700 year tree ring chronology from King Billy pines in Tasmania, offering insights into climate history.
Planting trees for the Earth
The Earth Day campaign has set a target of planting 7.8 billion trees by 2020. But while planting trees is easy, managing these new forests is another story.
What is tree bark?
Ever wondered why bark is brown, not green? It's all about the chemical compounds.