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A trainee point of view of the Training school on “Assessing multi-taxon diversity in forest ecosystems”

A trainee point of view of the Training school on “Assessing multi-taxon diversity in forest ecosystems”

The last week of September was lighted up by the 3-days training school on “Assessing multi-taxon diversity in forest ecosystems” held in the beautiful city of Arezzo. As a newbie PhD candidate, I thought it was the right start for my (probably long) path into understanding and hopefully surviving the daily problems of managing heterogeneous data. The training school was overall focused on bridging the gap between theory and practice by discussing the statistical problems when approaching multi-taxon data and giving practical tools to manage this kind of data when dealing with biodiversity observations.

Researchers from 15 European forestry experiments hold a common brainstorming – at long last, face-to-face after the COVID-19

Researchers from 15 European forestry experiments hold a common brainstorming – at long last, face-to-face after the COVID-19

Researchers from 15 European forestry experiments hold a common brainstorming – at long last, face-to-face after the COVID-19

The Experiment Working Group of the BOTTOMS-UP Action began its work two years ago, however, because of the pandemic we could not organize any live meeting until this October. There were some uncertainties around the organization of this meeting, too, but finally we could do it.

We cannot reduce the complexity of biodiversity but can share approaches for biodiversity sampling

We cannot reduce the complexity of biodiversity but can share approaches for biodiversity sampling

As a person that has studied biodiversity for at least 18 years, I am well aware of its complexity. I know about the high number of existing taxonomic groups, the wealth of species within each of them, the wide possibilities for changing and overlapping names, of wrong identifications; I know the data management pitfalls, and the difficulty of detecting a biodiversity response in observational biodiversity studies.

Towards a European coordinated network of forest manipulation experiments

Towards a European coordinated network of forest manipulation experiments

The Experiment Working Group of the Action brought its first deliverable to the table. We set up a network of European forestry experiments that investigate the effects of various forestry treatments on multi-taxon biodiversity.

A European forest multi-taxon biodiversity platform is just born!

A European forest multi-taxon biodiversity platform is just born!

The first deliverable of our Action is out!

It marks the birth of a platform for European forest biodiversity. The platform currently stores more than 2,800 plots. It gathers the efforts of more than 130 researchers from 12 countries in Europe.

Experimental conservation actions, deadwood and no birds

Right between spring and summer 2020, still facing the limitations of COVID-19 pandemic, I was up with an activity I planned for a long time.

Back in 2011, almost 10 years ago, with some colleagues I wrote a LIFE project (LIFE+ FAGUS) proposal to enhance the multi-taxon biodiversity of Apennine beech forest habitats. The project was funded and carried out not without difficulties in two mountain areas of the Apennines included in two of the biggest Italian National Parks: Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni National Park and Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park. The first one is totally included in the province of Salerno, south of Naples; the second one is located in Abruzzo, and includes the highest peak of the peninsula, the Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso (2912 m a.sl.) that in English would oddly sounds like “the big horn of the big stone”.

 COST Actions in geosciences: breakthrough ideas, research activities and results

COST Actions in geosciences: breakthrough ideas, research activities and results

The EGU (European Geoscience Union) conference traditionally dedicates a session to the COST Actions in Geosciences that started in the previous months.

This year our participant Murat Sarginci, working at the Faculty of Forestry of the University of Duzce should have presented our Action at EGU 2020 in Vien.

Epiphytic lichen diversity and sustainable forest management: fostering the link between multi-taxon diversity and forest multifunctionality

Epiphytic lichen diversity and sustainable forest management: fostering the link between multi-taxon diversity and forest multifunctionality

The lichenologist Trevor Goward, with an intriguing definition, describes lichens as fungi that have discovered agriculture. They are a complex life form that is a symbiotic partnership of two separate organisms, a fungus and an alga (or cyanobacterium – or both). The result of such alchemy is a bizarre organism that can display a larger diversity in morphology, physiology, and biochemistry than other many organisms. Symbiosis in lichens is so well-balanced that lichens have been considered to be self-contained miniature ecosystems (Honegger 1991).

[The “bubbles” cable crane of Grenoble. Ph.: A. Portaccio]

A lift from Cost Action ‘Bottoms-Up’

The “bubbles” are the symbol of Grenoble. They are the famous tourist cable cars, shaped as spheres, that, with a journey through the air, will bring you quickly to the top of the mount that watch over the town. In few minutes, you get right at the Bastille, so that you can keep your energy to continue the day trip to the other peaks.

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