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SAUS: A tool for preserving urban green areas from air pollution
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Lígia T. Silva, Fernando Fonseca, Maria Pires, Bruno MendesAbstractUrban spaces are increasingly exposed to air pollution, which critically influences the health and well-being of cities’ inhabitants. Urban green areas provide recognised important environmental and social functions. Providing, planning, managing, and protecting urban green areas are on the agenda of sustainability and liveability of cities. In this paper, urban green areas are classified as Sensitive Areas in Urban Spaces (SAUS...
Temporal variations of spontaneous plants colonizing in different type of planted vegetation-a case of Beijing Olympic Forest Park
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Xiao-Peng Li, Shu-Xin Fan, Pei-Yao Hao, Li DongAbstractThe planted vegetation in urban green spaces generally not only needs intensive maintaining practices but also has resulted in landscape homogeneity and biodiversity decrease. With the increasing ecological awareness, spontaneous plants which were seen as ‘weeds’ have gained attention for their variety of positive attributes. To provide an insight for designers to cooperate with them, we took Beijing Olympic Forest Park as the study area...
Urban forests increase spontaneous activity and improve emotional state of white mice
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Wenjun Duan, Cheng Wang, Nancai Pei, Chang Zhang, Lin Gu, Shasha Jiang, Zezhou Hao, Xinhui XuAbstractEmpirical studies on the effects of urban forests on human health are needed to rationalize the construction of health-care urban forests. Our study investigated the effect of urban forests on the physical activity and emotional state of white mice and major environmental factors influencing the mice to provide a scientific basis for the rational construction and use of urban forests. We measured...
Green façades: Their contribution to stress recovery and well-being in high-density cities
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Mohamed Elsadek, Binyi Liu, Zefeng LianAbstractRapid urbanization and the lack of green infrastructure threaten the health of urban dwellers. Green façades have been proposed as a green infrastructure solution to compensate for the loss of green spaces in dense city areas; however, as far as we know, there is inadequate evidence for associations between views of green façades and relaxation. This study aims to clarify the physiological and psychological relaxation effects of viewing a green...
Women in urban forestry and arboriculture: Experiences, barriers and strategies for leadership
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Adrina C. Bardekjian, Lorien Nesbitt, Cecil C. Konijnendijk, Barend T. LötterAbstractUrban forestry and arboriculture are male-dominated industries. Although women have experienced current and historical marginalization in these industries, recent years have seen more young women embrace opportunities and pursue careers in these fields. In order to understand and enhance women’s participation in urban forestry and arboriculture, this research assesses the current status of women’s participation...
Green infrastructure provision for environmental justice: Application of the equity index in Guangzhou, China
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Zhanqiang Zhu, Jie Ren, Xuan LiuAbstractFollowing decades of debate, there is a growing consensus that environmental justice is an important value that should be pursued in green infrastructure (GI) provision, though there is a limited understanding of the precise ways by which to measure and respond to environmental justice needs. By developing a GI Equity Index that has been adjusted to reflect the local situation in Haizhu District in Guangzhou, this research examines environmental justice...
Multicultural gardeners and park users benefit from and attach diverse values to urban nature spaces
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Monika Egerer, Camilo Ordóñez, Brenda B. Lin, Dave KendalAbstractCities across the world increasingly reflect the ethno-cultural diversity of a globalized society. How people interact with, and experience urban nature varies with the form, structure, and function of the space, but also with peoples’ ethno-cultural identity. In this study, we investigated the values that gardeners and park users of different ethno-cultural identities associate with urban community gardens, parks and trees and the...
Urban green spaces as potential habitats for introducing a native endangered plant, Calycanthus chinensis
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Kaixuan Pan, Yijun Lu, Shuonan He, Guofu Yang, Yi Chen, Xing Fan, Yuan Ren, Meng Wang, Kangdi Zhu, Qi Shen, Yueping Jiang, Yan Shi, Panpan Meng, Yuli Tang, Jie Chang, Ying GeAbstractEx situ conservation in urban areas is an essential complementary approach to in situ conservation in wild areas. In this study, we combined multiple approaches, including vegetation investigations for both natural habitats and urban green spaces, eco-physiological experiments and remote sensing investigations for urban...
Responses of mature roadside trees to root severance treatments
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Andrew R. Benson, Andrew K. Koeser, Justin MorgenrothAbstractConflicts between trees and infrastructure installation or repair occur frequently in the urban environment and may result in damage to or complete removal of tree roots. We monitored the responses of trees to linear root cutting and examined the effects of the presence of a road within tree root zones. Mature Quercus virginiana Mill trees (n = 31) were exposed to three root pruning treatments (plus a control) consisting of a trench on...
Living green walls: Estimation of water requirements and assessment of irrigation management
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Daniel A. Segovia-Cardozo, Leonor Rodríguez-Sinobas, Sergio ZubelzuAbstractMost studies of living green walls (LGWs) address their benefits in enhancing vegetative cover and irrigation levels. However, few have focused on the estimation of corresponding water and irrigation management requirements. These issues are addressed in this work in reference to substrate, physical and hydraulic properties and irrigation systems.The studied LGW is located in the itd-UPM building (Madrid) and was studied for...
Vegetation development in a stormwater management system designed to enhance ecological qualities
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Publication date: Available online 20 September 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): Rikke Juul Monberg, Andy G. Howe, Sebastian Kepfer-Rojas, Hans Peter Ravn, Marina Bergen JensenAbstractUrban green areas can provide ecosystem services such as biodiversity conservation, recreational and educational services, and local climate regulation including stormwater management. Implementation of sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) allows for development of designs targeting desired habitats or species groups. This study investigated short-term changes in a plant community...
Does green space matter? Public knowledge and attitude towards urban greenery in Ghana
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Publication date: Available online 17 September 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): Kabila Abass, Divine Odame Appiah, Kwadwo AfriyieAbstractIn this paper, we examined the spatial depletion of urban green space, public knowledge and attitude towards urban greenery in Greater Kumasi. This is a qualitative study involving 120 randomly selected household respondents from eight communities and 8 purposively sampled key informants representing heads of their respective institutions. Additionally, field observations were made of human encroachments and conversions of the green...
Botanical gardens provide valuable baseline Phytophthora diversity data
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Publication date: Available online 17 September 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): JM Hulbert, T Paap, TI Burgess, F Roets, MJ WingfieldAbstractPhytophthora species are important plant pathogens especially due to their ability to invade and change ecosystems. However, information regarding their diversity and distribution is not available in many parts of the world. In these areas, surveys of botanical gardens can provide opportunities to detect novel plant-microbe interactions on both indigenous and exotic plants. Three botanical gardens and one historical urban garden...
Extending the host range of Phytophthora multivora, a pathogen of woody plants in horticulture, nurseries, urban environments and natural ecosystems
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Publication date: Available online 16 September 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): Duccio Migliorini, Mohammed Y. Khdiar, Cristina Rodríguez Padrón, María Vivas, Paul A. Barber, Giles E. St J. Hardy, Treena I BurgessAbstractPhytophthora multivora is a recently described species with a global distribution associated with disease of many woody plant species. However, very few pathogenicity studies have been conducted to determine the host range of this pathogen. A soil infestation pathogenicity experiment was conducted using two P. multivora isolates with Phytophthora...
Role of geospatial technology in understanding urban green space of Kalaburagi city for sustainable planning
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Publication date: Available online 9 September 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): Sulochana Shekhar, Jagannath AryalGraphical abstract
Institutional Changes to Long-Term Unexecuted Urban Parks in South Korea-From 1967 to the present day-
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Publication date: Available online 7 September 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): Chang-song OhAbstractThis study examines institutional factors hampering sustainable urban greening in South Korea by analyzing the problem of long-term unexecuted urban parks, which are defined as urban parks that have remained undeveloped for over 10 years. The study period spans over five decades, with a focus on decision-making, discourse, legislation, and implementation by employing historical institutionalism analytics. Historical institutionalism explains a relationship system with...
Tree protection on construction sites – knowledge and perception of Polish professionals
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Publication date: Available online 18 August 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): Marzena Suchocka, Paweł Jankowski, Magdalena BłaszczykAbstractA total of 128 Polish professionals (active and future designers, construction employees, and public officials) were questioned about their awareness and experience of tree protection practice in a survey conducted during tree diagnostic training sessions. According to the experienced professionals, trees were not protected at all in a significant proportion of projects. In the experience of nearly two thirds of professionals...
Evaluation of physical properties of typical urban green space soils in Binhai Area, Tianjin, China
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 44Author(s): Tian Lan, Shi-Wen Guo, Ji-Wei Han, Yong-Li Yang, Kai Zhang, Qing Zhang, Wei Yang, Pin-Fang LiAbstractThe physical properties of soil in a coastal area of Tianjin were evaluated to diagnose the causes of the restricted growth of garden plants. Evaluation of soil physical properties was performed using indicators of soil organic matter content, bulk density, aeration characteristics, and water holding characteristics. Brief working definitions of these properties is given below, along with some...
Physiological effects of forest-related visual, olfactory, and combined stimuli on humans: An additive combined effect
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 44Author(s): Chorong Song, Harumi Ikei, Yoshifumi MiyazakiAbstractThe aim of this study was to investigate the physiological effects on brain activity and autonomic nervous activity of forest-related visual, olfactory, and combined visual and olfactory stimuli. Twenty-one female Japanese university students (age, 21.1 ± 1.0 years) participated. In a soundproofed chamber with an artificial climate, each participant was presented for 90 s with the following conditions: an image of a forest landscape of Hinoki...
Footpaths, tree cut-outs and social contagion drive citizen greening in the road verge
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 44Author(s): Adrian J. Marshall, Margaret J. Grose, Nicholas S.G. WilliamsAbstractVerge gardening is a citizen-led form of public urban greening where residents plant and maintain understorey and trees in the road easement, and it has the potential to significantly increase the diversity and complexity of street greenery which is, most commonly, mown grass and monocultures of street trees. In Melbourne, Australia, two forms of verge gardening – understorey planted by residents and street trees planted by...