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The project "Study of the effects of fire and post-fire management in cork oak forest stands" coordinated in CEABN-ISA by our researchers Filipe Catry and Francisco Rego, received the "Dryland Champions 2016" distinction awarded by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), through the National Commission for the Coordination of the National Action Program to Combat Desertification. The "Dryland Champions" is a program that distinguishes individuals, organizations or companies that make a practical contribution to sustainable land management practices.

This project is the result of collaboration between the Municipality of Coruche - Observatory for Cork Oak and Cork (CMC-OSC), the Centre for Applied Ecology Prof. Baeta Neves – School of Agriculture (CEABN-ISA), and the Forest Producers Association of Coruche and Adjacent Municipalities (APFC).

The project started in 2013 and aims to improve our knowledge about cork oak ecology (Quercus suber), more specifically about the effects of fire and post-fire management in forest stands of this species affected by wildfires. We intend to understand better the resistance and resilience of cork oak to fire, and particularly the relationships between the success of the post-fire recovery and forest management practices, or the presence of pests and diseases.

More information about the project here!

Monday, 20 June 2016