The anatomical and physiological response of Scots pine xylem formation to variable water availability
Funded by the Russian Science Foundation (Project #18-74-10048).
Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is a broadly distributed conifer occurring in both boreal regions and warm water-limited environments as in the Mediterranean basin. This project aims to identify tree growth responses of Pinus sylvestris to water-limited environments along a North-South gradient of decreasing precipitation by comparing three forest sites with contrasting soil water availability. In particular, we will investigate the different growth responses to climate change and quantify their influence on tree water and carbon dynamics. The integration of short-term detailed ecophysiological observations with the continuous perspective offered by tree-ring time-series will enable us to exploit the long term view to have a mechanistic understanding of the ongoing processes and their mechanisms.