ALNUS

Screening Alnus glutinosa resistance to an emerging disease under climatic stressors: predicting alder forest resilience across river networks.

Evaluating the current status of alder decline in the leading-edge of Phytophthora spread in Portugal

Characterizing alder variability across provenances along the species latitudinal range

Investigating variability in the resilience of populations

Proposing a novel decision support tool for planning riparian conservation guidelines

Alder forests in Europe play key ecological functions and provide important ecosystem services in riparian habitats (e.g. water quality improvement, nitrogen fixation). However, they are experiencing extensive decay and tree mortality, which add new risks to the existing impacts of historical pressures related to river and riparian forest degradation. The pathogen Phytophtora xalni is an emerging threat that affects alder forests from Northern and Central Europe and is now spreading across the Iberian Peninsula. The persistence of the forests affected by this disease may be also affected by other threats such as climate change, which can lead to a higher stress for the species with cascading effects to the ecosystem functioning and services.

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The team of project ALNUS organized the online Workshop “Riparian Forests - Restoration perspectives under biotic, abiotic and social pressures" on January 20th 2021, as part of the Project Mid-Term Meeting, which was attended by 161 participants of 15 countries.

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No dia 14 de Abril de 2023, a equipa do Projeto ALNUS irá apresentar os principais resultados obtidos nos mais de três anos de atividade, com cinco tarefas distintas sobre a avaliação da resistência de Alnus glutinosa ao efeito conjugado de uma doença emergente e stress climático. O Seminário Final acontecerá na Sala de Atos...

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The second edition of FIC.A – International Science Festival, took place between 10 and 16 of October 2022, at the Hub-Act in Oeiras, for more than 18,500 students from local schools. With more than 100 academic, scientific, technological, diplomatic, governmental and non-governmental entities, the festival has had thousands of activities, such as debates, lectures, exhibitions,...

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