TU Dresden - Tropical Forestry Blog

Welcoming Dr. Menfese – a guest scientist from Ethiopia


Dr. Menfese in WoodCluster Field School, Tanzania 2018 (©Domke)

Hi, my name is Dr. Menfese Tadesse and currently I am a guest scientist at the Chair of Tropical Forestry. I am a staff member of Hawassa University, Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources, Ethiopia. I am involved in teaching, research and collaborative projects such as WoodCluster and ClimEtSan (a project on climate smart agriculture with the Forschungszentrum Jülich Institute of Bio- and Geosciences Agrosphere). Read More

Viewing forests from the sky – a guest lecture by a land monitoring specialist

Marcelo Rezende from FAO giving a guest lecture on forest monitoring tools (© M. Domke)

How to measure the global forest cover and track forest loss from your working desk? In his annual guest lecture, on 16 January,  Marcelo Rezende explained the development of land monitoring through satellite images to the students of the MSc course Tropical Forestry as well as participants of the UNEP Course at CIPSEM/TU Dresden.  In the full day interactive course, the participants were able to use the online tools and do a live monitoring assessment. Read More

Diagnosing on-farm wood production through MSc research in Southern Ethiopia


Focus Group Discussion with farmers in the study site (© Fentale)

I am Bonsa Fentale, an MSc student at the department of Agroforestry and Soil Management in Wondo Genet College of Forestry & Natural Resources of Hawassa University, Ethiopia. My research aims at diagnosing the current state of wood production in the area. It emanated from the idea that the current available forest resource will not satisfy the current increasing wood demand in Ethiopia. My thesis contributes to the WoodClusterproject working on closing the wood supply gap.

Read More

Meeting of Experts in International Forestry Research and Teaching in Germany


Participants of the Section Meeting of International Forestry Research (©K.  Hintz)

The Chair of Tropical Forestry hosted the very first Section Meeting of International Forestry Research (Sektionstreffen Internationale Waldforschung) on 29 and 30 November 2019,. The section “International Forestry” itself is a unit in the umbrella organization Deutscher Verband Forstlicher Forschungsanstalten (DVFFA). Our chair holder Prof. Pretzsch acts as the chairman of the “International Forestry” Section.

Read More

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2020

The Chair of Tropical Forestry wishes you a Merry Christmas
and a happy New Year 2020!


Chair of Tropical Forestry Team (©Institute)

First MSc thesis within the FLOURISH project completed

Hi everyone. I am Ta Quoc Truong – a now-former Master student in Tropical Forestry at TU Dresden. In this summer semester, I conducted my research on lung bamboo (Bambusa longissima sp.nov) – an endemic bamboo species in my country – Vietnam. My research took place within the FLOURISH project.

Muong Hinh village landscape with degraded bamboo stands in the background, ©Ta Quoc Truong

Lung bamboo is a clump-type bamboo species that can be found in parts of Vietnam. Due to its natural abundance and wide distribution in Que Phong, a mountainous district in North-Central Vietnam, the area is also called “the kingdom of lung bamboo”. Lung bamboo is considered one of the most important natural resources in this region and many local communities are economically dependent on it to sustain their livelihoods. Despite its socio-economic importance, very little is scientifically documented on lung bamboo, and those few existing studies focus on botanical and ecological aspects.

Read More