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Mixed Forest plantations for climate Change mitigation and adaptation

Project Leader
Sanden Hans, Project Leader
ERA-Net Biodiversa
Type of Research
Basic Research
Godbold Douglas L., Project Staff
Rewald Boris, Project Staff
Werner Ramona, Project Staff
Gasser Lisa Theresa, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Forest Ecology
Funded by
Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF) , Sensengasse 1, 1090 Wien, Austria
A growing body of evidence suggests that mixed forest plantations, i.e., plantations where several tree species (or varieties) are mixed, may be more efficient in sequestrating C, while better coping with CC-related stress. Mixed plantations thus represent an important nature-based solution for CC mitigation and adaptation. However, trade-offs and synergies among adaptation, mitigation and stakeholders' demands in the management of mixed forest plantations were never systematically analysed across contrasting socio-economic and environmental contexts. The key objectives of MixMAtCh involve i) characterizing stakeholders’ awareness of mixed plantations benefits and identifying barriers to implementation under contrasting biomes and cultural contexts ii) identifying which tree species mixtures optimize climate mitigation (via C sequestration), iii) characterizing the resistance and resilience of mixed plantations to multiple CC-related stresses (e.g. drought and associated biotic damage), including the ecological mechanisms involved, iv) synthetizing trade-offs and synergies between climate change mitigation, adaptation and stakeholders’ objectives or constraints v) designing technical guidelines to promote large-scale expansion of mixed plantations and vi) communicating results and building capacity at all levels of decision. Doing so, MixMAtCh will crucially promote mixed forest plantations as nature-based solutions to fight climate change.
Biodiversity research; Mycology; Plant morphology; Plant morphology; Plant physiology; Forest ecology; Forest growth; Soil science;

Decarsin, R; Guillemot, J; Cochard, H; Corso, D; Delzon, S; Torres-Ruiz, J-M; Jactel, H; Meredieu, C; Mereu, S; Rewald, B; Hajek, P; Bauhus, J; Scherer-Lorenzen, M; Doucet, Z; Achard, E; Serrano-Leòn, H; Ponette, Q; Le Maire, G; Martin-StPaul, N (2022): Tree species diversity effects on hydraulic safety margins . [Poster]
[5. Xylem International Meeting 2022, Würzburg, Germany, 19.09.2022 - 21.09.2022]

In: Berhard Schuldt, José M. Torres-Ruiz, Sylvain Delzon, Hervé Cochard (Eds.), 5th Xylem International Meeting - Book of Abstracts, Department of Botany II (Ecophysiology and Vegetation Ecology), Julius-von-Sachs Institute for Biosciences, University of Würzburg FullText

Gasser, LT; Sandén, H; Ahmed, IU; Werner, R; Godbold, DL; Rewald, B (2022): Comparing tree growth in monocultures and mixed plantations of Acer platanoides, Carpinus betulus, Quercus robur and Tilia cordata. [Poster]
[7th WABO Student Conference 2022 - Featuring future in forest and soil sciences, Vienna, Austria, 16.05.2022]

In: Rewald, B. (Ed.), 7. WABO Student Conference 2022: Featuring future in forest and soil sciences - Book of Abstracts ; ISBN: 978-3-900932-99-2 FullText

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