Scenarios for forest biodiversity dynamics under global change in Europe: identifying microevolutionary scale tipping points


ERA-Net BiodivERsA, 2013-2016.


Sylvie Oddou-Muratorio

For EcoFoG : Ivan Scotti.

Scientific partners

  • URFM
  • CIFOR-INIA (Espagne)
  • ONF
  • ISEF
  • UMR EcoFoG
  • Université de Marburg (Allemagne)
  • Université d’Uppsala (Suède)
  • LRF Skogsägarna (Suède)
  • CNR Florence (Italie)

Presentation of the project

Forests are a major reservoir of biodiversity and trees, as keystone organisms, directly impact the diversity and functioning of forest communities. Predicting the response of trees to ongoing global change (GC) is thus a critical scientific and societal issue. Along with phenotypic plasticity and migration, genetic adaptation is a central component of this response, particularly in trees whose high levels of diversity and long distance gene flow facilitates the spread of favorable genes. The main goal of this project is to develop scenarios for micro-evolutionary responses of forest biodiversity under GC. We will focus on the dynamics of standing genetic variation at adaptive traits and their underlying genes, a major tipping element for forest ecosystem resilience from an evolutionary perspective.

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