Forest Environment and Conservation Department

In order to proactively respond to forest environmental change, Forest Conservation Department aims to assess climate change impact on forest ecosystems, develop adaptation technology to climate change, conserve biodiversity, manage Baekdudaegan Mountain Range , manage urban forests and Maeulsoop, predict forest fires and disasters, prevent and recover from debris flow, combat desertification, conserve water and soil at forest watershed, develop early rehabilitation technology for devastated forests, and implement comprehensive control of forest insect pests and diseases.

Division of Forest Entomology and Pathology pursues science related to the conservation of the forest environment by mitigating forest damage caused by diseases and insect pests. Our research areas include physiological & ecological studies and integrated management of pine wilt disease, monitoring and prediction of major forest pests, invasive and sporadic pests, physiological and ecological characterization of tree diseases and insect pests in forests and urban areas, and integrated pest management for forest health and agroforestry products.

Physiological & ecological studies and integrated management of pine wilt disease

Our researches are based on the fundamental studies of taxonomy and identification of pinewood nematode (causative organism) and ecological characteristics of pine sawyer beetle (insect vector), which is applied to further studies on host-parasite interactions, ICT based monitoring, and development of diagnostic techniques and eco-friendly control methods.

  • Pine wood nematode
    Pine wood nematode

    Pine wood nematode

  • Pine wilt disease cycle
    Pine wilt disease cycle

    Pine wilt disease cycle

  • Damaged trees by pine wilt disease
    Damaged trees by pine wilt disease

    Damaged trees by pine wilt disease

Monitoring and prediction of major forest pests, invasive and sporadic pests

Through long-term monitoring for forest pests, we are conducting research to predict the cause and spread of forest pests, including new invasive and sporadic pests, and the subsequent stabilization process, and to analyze the impact of climate change on forest pests.

  • long-term monitoring for forest insect pests
    long-term monitoring for forest insect pests

    long-term monitoring for forest insect pests

  • Predicting spring emergence of Monochamus alternatus
    Predicting spring emergence of Monochamus alternatus

    Predicting spring emergence of Monochamus alternatus

  • Analysis on the possibility of settlement of invasive species
    Analysis on the possibility of settlement of invasive species

    Analysis on the possibility of settlement of invasive species

  • Climate change impact assessment
    Climate change impact assessment

    Climate change impact assessment

Monitoring and ecological characterization of tree diseases and insect pests in forests and urban areas

Our research projects include monitoring of diseases and insect pests occurring on trees in forests and urban areas, and investigation of ecological, physiological, molecular and taxonomic characteristics of important insect pests and diseases for the development of forecasting and diagnostic tools.

  • Identification of fungal pathogens
    Identification of fungal pathogens

    Identification of fungal pathogens

  • Identification of insect pests
    Identification of insect pests

    Identification of insect pests

  • Diagnostic tools
    Diagnostic tools

    Diagnostic tools

Research on integrated pest management for forest health and agroforestry products

Our research projects include the development of scientific and organized pesticide management strategies for specific forest trees and agroforestry products in order to support the management of forest pests and diseases.

  • Investigation on forest insect pests and diseases
    Investigation on forest insect pests and diseases

    Investigation on forest insect pests and diseases

  • Survey on use of pesticides
    Survey on use of pesticides

    Survey on use of pesticides

  • Advancement of forest pests and diseases management
    Advancement of forest pests and diseases management

    Advancement of forest pests and diseases management

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