Ecology of Mediterranean Forests

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Ecology of Mediterranean Forests

Who we are

The scientific objective of the multidisciplinary research project of URFM is to understand and predict the dynamics, functioning and evolution of Mediterranean forests, taking into account disturbance regimes and management. This project adopts an approach that considers the ecophysiological, demographic and genetic processes of forest ecosystems, as well as the specific processes of disturbances (fires, insect epidemics) and their associated risks. To integrate these processes and deliver realistic predictions, URFM creates and uses models based on observation, experimentation and digital simulation, at spatial scales ranging from the forest stand to landscape and region. The applied aim of this research project is to produce knowledge for assessing forest trajectories and solutions for their adaptation and resilience to risks induced by climate change and changing disturbance regimes.

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17 April 2024

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Lea, the eco-balancing artist

“We have a lot to learn from these incredible living beings.” From her fascination with trees, Léa Veuillen made it her career. Eco-balancing in the forest, between office and field, between observations and solutions, Léa, now a post-doc, shares with us a little of her extraordinary daily life at INRAE ​​in a 2-minute immersive film.
Second EVOLTREE Conference 2023 RESILIENT FORESTS FOR THE FUTURE Brašov, Romania 12-15 September 2023
The workshop was held from 27 to 29 March 2023 in Banyuls-sur-Mer. Organized in several working sessions, it allowed rich exchanges on key concepts and results aimed at better understanding the links between tree diversity, plant functioning and fire risk.

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01 December 2023

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"Effects of post-glacial phylogeny and genetic diversity on the growth variability and climate sensitivity of European silver fir". Résumé et avis sur l'article.
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01 December 2023

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The need for profound changes in socio-ecological systems and the notion of adaptive transformation to cope with climate change. Summary and opinion on the article.
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01 December 2023

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This opinion piece highlights the problem of the lack of indicators for the conservation of global diversity, and the need for them. The difficulty lies in choosing those that make sense and are practical. Effective sizing from this point of view poses a problem. EUFORGEN has proposed an indicator for the sustainable management of forest genetic resources.