From cell to forest: how wood anatomy holds the key to understand plant response to environmental changes

Exploring Wood Anatomy's Role in Understanding Plant Response to Climate Change

  • Date: 05 DECEMBER 2023  from 17:30 to 19:00

  • Event location: Institute of Advanced Studies - Sala Rossa, Palazzo Marchesini, Via Marsala, 26 - Bologna - In presence and online event

  • Type: Lectures

Trees are unique natural archives that can record and preserve ecological and environmental information for centuries. For a long time, annual tree-ring width has been the main parameter used to reconstruct past climatic and environmental dynamics. However, in recent decades we have begun to explore alternative proxies related to wood cell characteristics that are equally sensitive to climatic and environmental variability but can provide us with information about the physiological mechanisms that link the response of forest ecosystems to climate change, often with much greater temporal resolution than annual ring-width. After a brief introduction of the basic concepts of wood anatomy, I will present case studies to illustrate some of the main research objectives of dendroanatomy, describing its potential for the application of wood cellular parameters in paleoclimatology, in ecophysiology, and in biogeography. In conclusion, I will highlight some of the current gaps and challenges in the field of dendroanatomy, suggesting possible ways to overcome them through multidisciplinary collaboration.


ISA Visiting Fellow - Emanuele Ziaco

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany

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