Again a new potential medicine from trees, this time willow. Researchers have found a chemical called miyabeacin that can kill various types of cancer cells, some of them resistant to other drugs. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jul/14/could-the-willow-help-us-fight-cancer
The Finnish company behind Koura uses pine tree resin (byproduct of wood industry) to create a reusable protective “glove” that prevents spreading of viruses, bacteria and impurities. https://koura.eu/ It is completely non-toxic, it disinfects itself and kills 99,96% of harmful impurities, such as MRSA bacteria. Check their website to pre-order!
I bumped into Rainforest Connection https://rfcx.org/ a while ago, and loved the idea :). The initiative uses old mobile phones to “eavesdrop” forests, which makes it possible to detect illegal deforestation and animal poaching – and to learn more about rainforests.
How interesting! https://worldforestid.org/ collects wood samples from trees all over the world to create a library of “tree DNA”. If the project turns out successful this data can later be used to verify the origin and species of timber, thus combating illegal logging.
This is not a nice piece of news, but a very important one. After exceptionally hot June, the Arctic Siberia is suffering from record number of forest fires. The Arctic nature is fragile and needs urgent protection! https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/fire-arctic-circle-siberia-record-climate-crisis-temperature-a9605891.html
One of the rarest trees on the planet is in trouble, but a tree-planting scheme is improving the chances of it’s survival. CapeNature has a cool way of planting saplings, giving them almost a 100% success rate!