EVOLTREE

EVOLution of TREEs as drivers
of terrestrial biodiversity

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Intensive Study Sites

ISS Valais

Intensive Study Sites (ISS) are large scale ecosystem plots (a few thousands of hectares) where trees and selected associated species are mapped, genotyped and phenotyped. The sites comprise entire portions of landscapes (agricultural land and woodlands) where trees are present in different configurations (from single trees to edges and woods).

Five ISSs covering boreal, temperate, mediterranean, alpine and riparian ecosystems, as well as one fully untouched ecosystem and one intensively managed site, have been selected in order to generate a data set on the impact of environmental changes on natural ecosystems distributed over Europe.

ISS Valais

Intensive Study Sites (ISS) are large scale ecosystem plots (a few thousands of hectares) where trees and selected associated species are mapped, genotyped and phenotyped. The sites comprise entire portions of landscapes (agricultural land and woodlands) where trees are present in different configurations (from single trees to edges and woods).

Five ISSs covering boreal, temperate, mediterranean, alpine and riparian ecosystems, as well as one fully untouched ecosystem and one intensively managed site, have been selected in order to generate a data set on the impact of environmental changes on natural ecosystems distributed over Europe.

Objectives & Challenges

 Objectives

  • Set up of an european network of sites for long term research on the evolution of biodiversity at different hierarchical levels (from genes to phenotypes, from populations to community)
  • Assess the spatial structure of biodiversity at various scales and at different hierarchical levels
  • Monitor the population dynamics through demographic and genetic approaches, in trees and their associated species, over different spatial scales
  • Monitor the interaction between species (trees, other plants, vertebrates, insects and microorganism)
  • Provide a large-scale support for training, education and dissemination acitivities

ISS Solling

Challenges

  • ISS are large scale infrastructures, researchers are more used to local scale plots
  • Each ISS combines intrinsic value and complementarity with other ISSs
  • Each ISS effectively achieves integration among partners
  • Each ISS is a long term infrastructure, beyond short term financial support
  • ISS serve multiple scientific objectives

Info Material

Intensive Study Sites (ISS) are large scale ecosystem plots (a few thousands of hectares) where trees and selected associated species are mapped, genotyped and phenotyped.

Further information can be found here:

 Letter from the ISS Coordinator

 ISS Leaflet

 EVOLTREE ISS Agreement

Working in an ISS


Working in an ISS

If you would like to work in an ISS, it is required to liaise with the corresponding ISS contact person. For this:

  • Fill in the pre-project protocol for planning activities in the ISS ( download)
  • Send the form to the appropriate ISS contact person (further information here)

 

Links

 

List of ISS

Six ISSs covering boreal, temperate, mediterranean, alpine and riparian ecosystems, as well as one fully untouched ecosystem and one intensively managed site, have been selected in Europe.

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Research Activities

Several projects and research activities have already been conducted in the ISS.

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ISS Information System

The ISS information system allows data to be described and shared among Evoltree partners. For each ISS, one partner is responsible for the development, maintenance and update of a comprehensive database linked to this system.

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Intensive Study Sites

Travel Grants Available


You are a PhD Student, a Post-Doctorate Student or a Researcher, and you are a member of an EVOLTREE partner lab? Then make the most of a grant!

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Information about the grant

Application form

Funding Initiatives

As EVOLTREE member you can make the most of our funding initiatives: training expense reimbursement, conference grants and ISS mobility grants.

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eLab Services

The eLab provides a search interface which can browse over all databases currently available within the EVOLTREE project.

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Events

Many events take place every year - make the most of a grant to cover your expenses for your participation in such events in 2015!

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Training

EVOLTREE organises different training courses on different topics. Financial support is available for participants from EVOLTREE partner organisations.

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