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Conservation and restoration of european cork oak woodlands : a unique ecosystem in the balance

Objective

Despite their ecological, patrimonial and socio-economical importance, cork Oak woodlands in southwestern Europe are vulnerable to intensification or agricultural abandonment. CREOAX will develop the scientific and technical tools for conservation, restoration and extension of cork Oak woodlands. These objectives will be achieved by
1-Collections of tree material from various geographical origins and genetic variation
2-Studies of physiological responses of cork Oak, mycorrhized or not, to drought and nutrient stresses
3-Studies of mechanisms of acorn viability during storage, and development of propagation techniques
4-Field trials to test varying management practices and study the performance of selected tree-mycorrhizae couples
5-Ecological and economic modelling of impacts of fire and agroforestry on biodiversity, productivity and stability of cork Oak woodlands, and pathways for their restoration or extension.

Coordinator

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA
Address
Tapada Da Ajuda
Lisboa
Portugal

Participants (8)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Route De Mende 1919
34293 Montpellier
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Pinar 25
28006 Madrid
FUNDACION CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS AMBIENTALES DEL MEDITERRANEO
Spain
Address
Parque Tecnologico, C/ Charles Darwin 14
46980 Campamento/paterna
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
France
Address
Place Viala 2
34060 Montpellier
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGRARIA Y ALIMENTARIA
Spain
Address
Carretera De La Coruta Km 7
28040 Madrid
NATIONAL CENTER FOR AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Bulgaria
Address

2232 Kostinbrod
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Av. Ramiro De Maeztu 7 S/n
28040 Madrid
UNIVERSITY OF ALICANTE
Spain
Address
99,Carretera De San Vicente S/n
03080 Alicante