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EVOLUTION OF EVERGREEN MEDITERRANEAN COPPICES AFTER EXPLOITATION CUTS.

Objective

TO INVESTIGATE THE ECOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES OF COPPICES ON MEDITERRANEAN FOREST ECOSYSTEMS, IN RELATION TO FOREST FIRES.

THE GOAL OF THIS RESEARCH IS THE DESCRIPTION OF COPPICING ON THE DYNAMICS OF SHOOTS, STUMPS AND SEEDLINGS POPULATIONS IN WOODS HAVING A NATURAL ORIGIN. THE STAND SHOULD BE ANALYZED FROM A BIOECOLOGICAL POINT OF VIEW AND, AFTER THE SHOOTS HAVE BEEN CUT, ITS DEVELOPMENT SEEN AS AN EXAMPLE OF SUCCESSION.
COPPICE MANAGEMENT IS STILL VERY IMPORTANT IN ITALIAN FORESTRY AND IS CONSIDERED TO BE RESPONSIBLE OF ECOSYSTEM DEGRADATION. SOCIOECONOMICAL CHANGES INFLUENCED TRADITIONAL LAND USE FORMS, INCLUDING SILVICULTURAL PRACTICES IN COPPICES.

THEREFORE IT SEEMS USEFUL TO OBTAIN A BETTER KNOWLEDGE OF THIS SILVICULTURAL METHOD AND ESPECIALLY TO INQUIRE ON ITS POSSIBLE NEGATIVE IMPACT ON SOIL AND VEGETATION CONSERVATION.

RESEARCH WILL BE CARRIED IN AREAS COVERED BY MACCHIA, EVERGREE SCLEROPHYLLOUS VEGETATION LOCALLY DOMINATED BY QUERCUS ILEX.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Università degli Studi di Firenze
Address
Via San Bonaventura 13
50145 Firenze
Italy