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Mycorrhizas in oak seedlings are affected by cork oak forest decline

In forests affected by problems of tree dieback, tree health status could be an additional factor shaping mycorrhizal abundance in soils, which in turn could affect the probability of seedling establishment in a feed-back process. A research team in the IRNAS has studied how cork oak (Quercus suber) decline can impact ...

New advances in the knowledge of the potencial causes and consequences of the masting process in Quercus species

Most of Mediterranean woody plant species, such as Quercus, exhibit a large interannual variability in seed production (a broadly-known phenomenon called masting), with important differences among individuals within the same year. However, very little is known about the causes and consequences for population dynamics of this potentially large – often ...


Quercophilia, the fascination and attraction for everything related to oak trees, symbols of strength and resistance. See the post "Cuercos" (in Spanish) in the blog "Los Árboles Invisibles".

Special issue of the journal Ecosistemas devoted to Quercus

The Spanish journal Ecosistemas (open access) has devoted an special issue to the Ecology and management of Quercus species. The editors, IM Pérez-Ramos, R. Villar and T. Marañón are relevant participants of the project Anasinque. The issue has 1 Editorial paper, 4 Review papers, and 11 Research papers, dealing with a ...

Climate and soil interactions affect the future of cork oak

Climate change generates uncertainty about the sustainability of forests and their ecosystem services. A research team in the IRNAS, with the collaboration of Michigan University, has studied the changes in abundance of cork oak (Quercus suber) in south Spain during a 10 year period, using data from the 2nd and 3rd ...

Nutrients and microbial biomass in forest soils

Soil microorganisms have a crucial role in soil nutrient availability and plant growth. Soil nutrients and microbial C, N and P pools have been studied in forests from three contrasted sites in South Spain: Sierra Nevada Park (Granada), Alcornocales Park (Cádiz) and Cardeña Park (Córdoba). The largest pool of microbial ...

Conservation and management

The colective book "Conservar aprovechando" (Conserving and managing) has been published. It deals with the forest management coping with global change. It is freely accesible online at: Some chapters having the collaboration with Anasinque are: Estudio de caso P. N. Los Alcornocales Cambio climático

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Comparative analysis and synthesis of the patterns of regeneration, decline and distribution of Quercus species
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Proyecto de investigación de excelencia. Consejería de Innovación, Ciencia y Empresa
15 marzo 2011 – 14 marzo 2014