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Effects of silvicultural regimes on dynamics of genetic and ecological diversity of European forests

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-01210
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-02-2000
Duration: 48 months
Total cost: 2,334,606 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,259,457 EUR
Scientific Officer: Pierre VAN ASBROECK
Research topic: 5.3.1. Multifunctional management of forests

Abstract:
Traditional forest management of European beech forests consists of large-scale felling with a few remaining trees to produce the next generation. This may have significantly disturbed the genetic and ecophysiological diversity. In general, high diversity is assumed to be very important for the adjustement to environmental changes. DynaBeech aims to assess the impacts of silvicultural regimes on genetic and ecological diversity. It will result in guidelines for both the optimisation of the adaptive potential and in situ conservation of beech forests through appropriate silvicultural regimes. These will be obtained through the integration of genetic and ecophysiological results by modelling and the development of alternative management scenarios. End-users involved in the project will evaluate the guidelines for economic and practical implications in their field of forest management.

Objectives:
DynaBeech aims to assess the impacts of previous silvicultural regimes on genetic and ecophysiological diversity within beech forests in Europe, and to provide guidelines for both the optimisation of the adaptive potential and the in situ conservation of diversity of beech forests through appropriate silvicultural regimes. DynaBeech aims to contribute to key action 5.3.1. By,
1. providing tools for evaluating biodiversity,
2. understanding the functioning and diversity of forest ecosystems, and
3. assessing the interactions with forestry activities.


Coordinator
K. KRAMER
ALTERRA Green World Research
Wageningen
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 317 477894
Fax: +31 317 424988
E-mail: k.kramer@alterra.wag-ur.nl


Partners
  M. FORSTREUTER
Institute of Ecology and Biology, Technical University Berlin
Berlin
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 3031471274
Fax: +49 3031471429
E-mail: M.Forstreuter@TU-Berlin.de
  G. VENDRAMIN
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto Miglioramento Genetico Piante Forestali
Firenze
ITALY
Tel.: +39 055 461071
Fax: +39 055 486604
E-mail: vendramin@imgpf.fi.cnr.it
  Th. GEBUREK
Institute of Forest Genetics
Vienna
AUSTRIA
Tel.: +43 1 87838 2223
Fax: +43 1 87838 2250
E-mail: thomas.geburek@fbva.bmlf.gv.at
  P. MENOZZI
UniversitÓ di Parma, Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali
Parma
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0521905611
Fax: +39 0521905402
E-mail: menozzi@dsa.unipr.it
  E. TEISSIER DU CROS
Mediterranean Forest Research Unit
Avignon
FRANCE
Tel.: + 33 4 90135911
Fax: +33 4 90135959
E-mail: teissier@avignon.inra.fr