Session 13

FORESTS PROTECTION

Session Coordinators: Andrea BATTISTI (Università di Padova), Paolo CAPRETTI (Università di Firenze), Paolo GONTHIER (Università di Torino)

Twenty years ago in the national congress of silviculture held in Venice the forest protection was based on the experience of a few pioneers of the field, according to the available knowledge and methods. Ten years later, in the Taormina congress, it was recognised that the field should be open to include the new challenges, represented by the climatic change, the invasive species, the new management demands, and the access to molecular methods. Currently there is an increasing awareness that the global change, in its components associated with climate and trade, is becoming the leading factor in forest protection. Simultaneously, new powerful technologies are becoming available, allowing great steps forward in the understanding of the ecological mechanisms underpinning the functioning of the forest ecosystems. Thus silviculture becomes more and more an essential method to increase the protection of the forests from biotic aggressors. Invited presentations will set the point on research carried out in Italy and abroad on the interaction between silviculture and forest protection. A number of voluntary presentations are welcome and they should especially address diagnostic tools, modelling at various spatial scales, risk analysis of invasive species, new approaches to forest pest surveillance, dissemination tools.