TREES ON DEMAND IN ORDER TO PREPARE GALICIA AGAINST THE CLIMATIC CHANGE
The European project Reinfforce, where Lourizán Forestry Research Centre participates, aims to deal with the effect of climatic change on our forests thanks to a network formed by research centres of 12 European countries.
To achieve this, 38 arboretums were created which are functioning as experimentation places. They are distributed throughout the Atlantic area. The one located further north is the Scottish Island of Mull. The southern most is in the Azores. In each of them, 32 different tree species have been planted with three different origins for each one.
Once planted, it is required to collect data about the adaptation to the installation places. Survival, growth, phenology and pathologies are measured; in other words, the types of diseases or pests which attack each tree. With the data collected throughout the network, it is possible to detect which species and provenances are the best for each climatic characteristic. Thanks to this, we have a set of scenarios if precipitations or temperatures increase or decrease in the future that we can compare to find the most similar to our new conditions. It would only be necessary to see which species have worked better and use them to repopulate our mountains.
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