SEK 9 million for research and development

The Södra Research Foundation has decided to grant an additional SEK 9 million to research projects linked to forestry and the forest industry. Nine different projects have received funding. 

The largest single initiative is ‘Future forest management in southern Sweden,’ a research programme to develop techniques for more varied forest management and to increase the use of digital data sources in southern Sweden. The project – a partnership between the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Linnaeus University and the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden –  has been granted SEK 4 million.

“While forests are playing an increasingly significant role in the bio-based community, the conditions for forestry are changing. We have made a lot of progress with forestry in southern Sweden, but we want more. There is more to do in terms of both production rates and diversity. This research will contribute. It will create even more opportunities for a stable and forest-based future,” said Göran Örlander, Chairman of the Södra Research Foundation.

Other projects to receive funding span a broad range of forest industry-related areas, from multi-storey wood-frame buildings to various forest management and monitoring techniques.

Projects granted funding in May 2017:

Project Funding Researcher Organisation
Wood-based construction of multi-storey buildings using prefabricated volume modules – model development and experimental studies SEK 2,475,000 Sigurdur Ormarsson  Linnaeus University
Future forest management in southern Sweden SEK 4,000,000 Urban Nilsson Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Data collection and analysis of Scandinavian technology and logistics for ash recycling SEK 350,000 Johanna Enström Forestry Research Institute of Sweden
Development of tannin-based wood preservatives SEK 829,400 Pia Brelid RISE 
Thinning planning on the web SEK 215,000 Erik Viklund Forestry Research Institute of Sweden
Forest fertilisation – effects on growth of pine stands in Southern Sweden SEK 370,000 Staffan Jacobson Forestry Research Institute of Sweden
New monitoring tools for more accurate diameter measurement in harvesters SEK 300,000 Maria Nordström Forestry Research Institute of Sweden
Effects of ditch clearing on downstream water quality measures SEK 430,000 Martin Schmalholz Skogsekologikonsulten
Evaluation of in-cab load hoisting and locking system in logging trucks SEK 500,000 Martin Englund  Forestry Research Institute of Sweden

 

The total amount of funding granted was SEK 9,469,400.

 

Facts
The mission of the Södra Foundation for Research, Development and Education is to promote research and education of significance to forestry, and forest industry operations, in Southern Sweden.

The projects that receive funding include fields of research and development that are relevant and important for both forestry and the forest industry. Since the inception of the Foundation in 1995, about 150 research projects have received grants. The results of the research projects have been important from both a social perspective and for the forest industry.

The Foundation holds four Board meetings per year, at which grant applications are considered. Information about the rules for applying for funding from the Foundation is available at www.sodra.com.

 

For more information, please contact:
Göran Örlander, Chairman of the Södra Research Foundation, 
Tel: +46 (0)70-590 94 83
E-mail: goran.orlander@sodra.com

Södra’s Pressroom,
Tel: +46 (0)470-890 90
E-mail: press@sodra.com

 

Södra was founded in 1938 and is the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with a membership of more than 50,000 forest owners. We engage in modern and responsible forestry, and operate state-of-the-art mills in which we process our raw material. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra is leading the way for the next generation of forestry. 

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While forests are playing an increasingly significant role in the bio-based community, the conditions for forestry are changing. We have made a lot of progress with forestry in southern Sweden, but we want more. There is more to do in terms of both production rates and diversity. This research will contribute. It will create even more opportunities for a stable and forest-based future.
Göran Örlander, Chairman of the Södra Research Foundation