Dendroecology and Climatic Proxies at High Elevation

On a model species (Pinus leucodermis) growing at high elevation on a Mediterranean mountain we studied xylogenesis activity and explored in depth climate, anthropogenic and climate change impacts on tree ring archives.

Activity start 2002
Publications - Rossi S., Deslauriers A., Anfodillo T., Morin H., Saracino A., Motta R., Borghetti M. (2006). Conifers in cold environments synchronize maximum growth rate of tree-ring formation with day length. New Phytologist, 170: 301-310. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2006.01660.x.65.  (Q1)
- Todaro L., Andreu L., D’Alessandro C. M., Gutiérrez E., Cherubini P., Saracino A. (2007). Response of Pinus leucodermis to climate and anthropogenic activity in the National Park of Pollino (Basilicata, Southern Italy). Biological Conservation, 137: 507-519. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2007. (Q1)
- Treydte K., Frank D., Andreu L., Bednarz Z., Berninger F., Boettger T., D’Alessandro C.M., Esper J., Etien N., Filot M., Grabner M., Guillemin M. T., Gutiérrez E., Haupt M., Helle G., Hilasvuori E., Jungner H., Kalela-Brundin M., Krapiec M., Leuenberger M., Loader N.J., Masson-Delmotte V., Pazdur A., Pawelczyk S., Pierre M., Planells O., Pukiene R., Reynolds¬-Henne C.E., Rinne K.T., Saracino A., Saurer M., Sonninen E., Stievenard M., Switsur V.R., Szczepanek M., Szychowska-Krapiec E., Todaro L., Waterhouse J.S., Weigl M., Schleser G.H. (2007). Signal strength and climate calibration of a European tree-ring isotope network. Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L24302, doi:10.1029/2007GL031106.  (Q1)
- Deslauriers A., Rossi S., Anfodillo T., Saracino A. (2008). Cambial phenology, wood formation and temperature thresholds in two contrasting years at high altitude in southern Italy. Tree Physiology, 28: 863-871. doi:10.1093/treephys/28.6.863.85. (Q1)
- Frank DC, Poulter B, Saurer M, Esper J, Huntingford C, Helle G, Treydte KS, Zimmermann NE, Schleser GH, Ahlström A, Ciais P, Friedlingstein P, Levis S, Lomas M, Sitch S, Viovy N, Andreu-Hayles L, Bednarz Z, Berninger F, Boettger T, D’Alessandro CM, Daux V, Filot M, Grabner M, Gutierrez E, Haupt M, Hilasvuori E, Jungner H, Kalela-Brundin M, Krapiec M, Leuenberger M, Loader NJ, Marah H, Masson-Delmotte V, Pazdur A, Pawelczyk S, Pierre M, Planells O, Pukiene R, Reynolds-Henne CE, Rinne KT, Saracino A, Sonninen E, Stievenard M, Switsur VR, Szczepanek M, Szychowska-Krapiec E, Todaro L, Waterhouse JS, Weigl M (2015). Water-use efficiency and transpiration across European forests during the Anthropocene. Nature Climate Change. DOI:10.1038/NCLIMATE2614. Q1
Permanent staff Antonio Saracino (AGR/05)
Temporary or external staff Dr. Luigi Todaro (Università degli Studi della Basilicata). Dr. Angelo Rita (dottore di ricerca)
Collaborations German Centre for Geosciences, Section 5.2 Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution, Potsdam Dendro Lab, Potsdam, Germany
Projects - PRIN-MIUR 2002-2003  “High altitude forests in Mediterranean mountains: spatial structures, temporal dynamics and environmental limitations”. (ruolo: responsabile scientifico unità di ricerca, importo 40.100 Euro).
- PRIN-MIUR 2005-2006 “Stable C isotopes of the tree-rings at the treeline: archives of climatic, environmental and physiological signals”. (ruolo: responsabile scientifico unità di ricerca, importo 27.000 Euro).
Recognitions and awards SUI MEDIA  
- Science Daily "Trees use water more efficiently when atmospheric carbon dioxide is high", 11 maggio 2015.;
- "Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide makes trees use water more efficiently", 11 maggio 2015.
- EurekAlert! "The influence of increased atmospheric CO2 concentration on European trees", 11 maggio 2015,
- Science World Report "Increased Carbon Dioxide Causes European Forests to Increase Water-Use Efficiency", 11 maggio 2015,
- Nature World News "Trees Use Less Water with More CO2 Emissions", 12 maggio 2015,  
- The Conversation "Rising CO2 levels are changing how fast forests cycle water", 12 maggio 2015
- The Green Optimistic "More Atmospheric Carbon = Less Wasteful Trees", 12 maggio 2015,
- Terra Daily "Increased atmospheric CO2 makes trees use water more efficiently", 14 maggio 2015,
- Terra Daily "Impact of increased atmospheric CO2 concentration on European trees", 15 maggio 2015,
- Nature Middle East "The adaptation of trees to climate change", 17 maggio 2015,
- Bio-based News  "Trees use water more efficiently", 18 maggio 2015,
- Perfect Science "More CO2 emissions lead to less water-use by trees", 13 maggio 2015,
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