Stem anatomy of Mediterranean shrubs: an unexplored dendrochronological potential?

Category: Time:
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 12:00 to 13:00
Room: Speaker:
Alan Crivellaro
University of Padova
Malcolm Hughes
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In treeless regions, shrubs and dwarf shrubs play an essential role in modeling relationships between wood anatomical diversity patterns and climate, growth ring variation and consequent carbon storage within plant communities. An extensive sampling campaign (including ~300 species) of shrubs and dwarf shrubs carried out on the island of Cyprus, in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, made it possible to analyze wood and bark anatomical features for ecological and evolutionary interpretation. The research showed a possibility for extending dendrochronological data collection towards shrublands in Mediterranean environment.