FORCARE

FORCARE

Evaluation of relevant characteristics for the sustainable management of P. pinaster Ait. and its interaction with new climate scenarios

Pinus pinaster Ait. is a significant species in the peninsula, both from an ecological and economic point of view, which is very important in repopulation programmes. This project delves deeper into the study of certain characteristics that are of interest for the sustainable forest management of pine forests in Spain and sets the basis for an improvement programme using Pinus pinaster as a model. The proposed project is multidisciplinary, with objectives that include the areas of Genetics, Pathology, Physiology and Economics, is presented as a continuation of the previous project (RTA2013-00048-C03) and intended to be carried out using new techniques that will open the way for further studies.

The primary objectives of the project for NEIKER include:

The study of the genetic diversity and biology of the pathogenic species of fungi that cause the most serious diseases in pine, in order to understand the diversity and evolutionary potential to adapt it, so it can be taken into account in the improvement of disease resistance for its implementation in improvement programmes under current and future conditions, which includes knowing the social demand for higher quality forest products that are resistant to abiotic and biotic factors compatible with the needs of the sector.

The results will provide the basis for an improvement programme that is compatible with sustainable management. The information generated about the main pine diseases will make it possible to define present and future needs for improving resistance and to bring together the social and production sector preferences demanded for ecosystem services.