Session 1

FOREST ECOLOGY AND GENETICS FOR THE SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF FOREST ECOSYSTEMS

Session Coordinators: Marco BORGHETTI (Università della Basilicata), Raffaello GIANNINI (Accademia Italiana di Scienze Forestali), Federico MAGNANI (Università di Bologna)

Plant phenotypic plasticity and genetic mechanisms represent crucial processes for the acclimation and adaptation of forest tree populations to climate change and extreme climatic events. An improved understanding of these processes and their relationships could be of great value in designing management strategies able to mitigate the effects of environmental changes on the functionality and stability of forest ecosystems.

The session aims to show the most recent research in this area. We particularly welcome studies on the following topics:

  • phenotypic responses to extreme climatic events in forest trees and early detection signals
  • genetic responses to environmental drivers in forest tree populations
  • co-variation of genetic and phenotypic diversity at different spatial and temporal scales
  • designing in situ conservation strategies based on acclimation and adaptation potentials
  • management tools for mitigating the effects of climate change.