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Silvology (Latin, silva or sylva, "forests and woods"; and Ancient Greek: -λογία, -logia, "science of or study of") is the biological science of studying forests and woods, incorporating the understanding of natural forest ecosystems, and the effects and development of silvicultural practices. The term compliments silviculture, which deals with the art and practice of forest management.[1]

Silvology is seen as a single science for forestry and was first used by Roeloff Oldeman.[2] It integrates the study of forests and forest ecology, dealing with single tree autecology and natural forest ecology.

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  1. ^ Hemery, G., and J.P. Skovsgaard. 2018. “Silvology: Redefining the Biological Science for the Study of Forests.” Quarterly Journal of Forestry 112 (April) (2): 128–31.
  2. ^ Oldeman, R.A.A. (1990). Forests: elements of silvology. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. p. 624. ISBN 0-387-51883-5.

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