How does one make a maple grove more resilient to climatic and biotic uncertainties?
Our project coordinator Fanny Maure (PhD) and our co-founder Christian Messier share Eco2urb’s approach, which is based on the functional diversity of trees, in a very interesting article published this week by the magazine Progrès Forestier.
« It is now increasingly recognized that a wide variety of tree species increases the resilience of the forest to disruption », Fanny and Christian write. « Ecologists have developed a new way of assessing diversity based on the biological characteristics of tree species, also known as functional traits. These traits are morphological (maximum tree height, seed size, root depth), physiological (rate of photosynthesis, sensitivity to cavitation, drought tolerance, rejection capacity) or phenological (beginning and end of the annual growing season). »
You can download the article below (written in French) to learn more about the functional characteristics of the trees in a typical southern Quebec sugar shack setting, and how scientists make recommendations based on these characteristics to increase a forest’s diversity and resiliency.
This article by Christian Messier and Fanny Maure is exclusive to the Winter 2021 edition of Progrès Forestier magazine. The complete editions of Progrès Forestier in both paper and digital format are available by annual subscription. You can click here to go to the magazine’s website.