Common hornbeam

The common hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) is a common tree in Europe in the woods between 500-1000 m asl. Many Italian pre-alpine forests are dominated by hornbeam, oak and beech. It is also present in the South-East of England. The hornbeam can live up to 150 years and has an average height of 15-20 m. It […]

Why do leaves turn yellow in autumn

The landscape that surrounds us in the fall is coloured by maples, beeches, chestnuts and other trees that lose their leaves in autumn.The trees are preparing for winter rest by recovering reserves.  The chlorophyll contained in the leaves degrades. Thus the carotenoids (yellow/orange pigments) contained in the leaf are no longer masked by the intense green of […]

A short video about the loss of forest cover

Charts represent the loss of forest cover in the United Kingdom, Italy and Europe. Maps and charts were created using open-access data published by Hansen et al. (“High-resolution global maps of 21st-century forest cover change.”Science 342.6160 (2013): 850-853. DOI: 10.1126/science.1244693) andGoogle Earth Engine. Code is available at https://gitlab.com/michebio/deforestation Edited by Michela Busana