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LAUREL FOREST ECOPHYSIOLOGY

CANARIAN PINE ECOPHYSIOLOGY

TAGASASTE ECOPHYSIOLOGY

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LAUREL FOREST ECOPHYSIOLOGY

 

Our main aim is to understand how is the behaviour of this forest including photosynthesis, transpiration, sap flow, growth, mineral nutrition, pigments and the antioxidants of the main trees in relation to the meteorological conditions. Our goal is to understand the causes of their confinement in this part of the globe (as a relic of the Tertiary Mediterranean flora), their role in influencing the mesoclimate, the hydrological role on the islands and their possible use as indicators of global warming.


CANARIAN PINE ECOPHYSIOLOGY (Pinus canariensis)

 

Our main aim is to understand the behaviour of this species in its natural conditions including its process of photosynthesis, transpiration, sap flow, growth, pigment and antioxidants in relation with the meteorological conditions.

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TAGASASTE ECOPHYSIOLOGY

Tagasaste is a bush-like legume endemic to the Canary Islands, where it has been traditionally used as fodder for local herds. The aim of this project is to establish the possibility of increasing the surface planted in the Canary Islands through its introductions in unusual distribution areas. Our main aim is the ecophysiological characterization of this plant, by measurements of gas exchange, chlorophyll fluorescence, water potential, sap flow, in relation to environmental conditions in order to know the response of the plant to environmental stresses. Water consumption, optimum of temperature, effect of air relative humidity, also are being studied. To carry out the research two contrasting experimental plots were established in Tenerife, where mycorrhized and non-mycorrhized plants were cultivated. Measurements were also done in plants more than ten years old, growing in traditional sites.


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Autor: Enrique Catalá Ortega

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