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Six study stations were chosen where cork oak can be found in large, homogeneous formations (Fig.
To improve the ecological functions and resilience to climate change of degraded cork oak forests, using innovative forestry restoration techniques;
Tunisian and South-Korean researchers, who are planning to hold a meeting on May 9-10, 2011 in Tunis, are to discuss opportunities that would regenerate Tunisian cork plantation and focus more particularly on reasons for the deterioration of cork oak by analysing satellite images and examining physiological aspects.
Cuvaison Estate Wines in California's Napa Valley is lending its support to the replanting of cork oak forests in threatened habitats in Portugal.
More than half the world's cork oak woodlands are found in Spain and Portugal, which produce three-quarters of the world's cork.
Cork is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree every nine to eleven years, allowing the tree to live its full life expectancy of 150 to 250 years.
A hi-tech process in which the natural cork is blasted with carbon dioxide is said to remove all traces of the taint caused by the chemical trichloroanisole, which can occur in the bark of the cork oak tree.
The country is the source of more than hall the world's supply of cork, which comes from the bark of the cork oak tree.
Cork, harvested from the bark of a cork oak tree without harming the tree, is also popular because it can be installed quickly without glue.
Diners can help by donating corks to the appeal so they can be turned into a huge sculpture to draw the nation's attention to the value of the cork oak woods for people and wildlife.
If the market moves to plastic, a huge industry will be destroyed and the lack of need for cork oak trees will have serious consequences to the environment.