Andrea Battisti (Univ. Padova) and myself are organizing a session
entitled "*Tree vulnerability to pests in relation to climate change*"
during the next *ClimTree Conference* to be held in Zürich, CH, 1-5
The session will address the relationships between climate change and
the populations of insects and pathogens of forest trees at three
levels, i. how tree susceptibility can be modified by climate change,
ii. how insects and pathogens respond to changes through range and
performance shifts, iii. how natural enemies may react to changes in the
lower trophic levels and to the climate change as well. The session
welcomes contributions on talks specifically addressing one of the
identified levels or considering all of them in specific temperate
forest ecosystems. Impacts of climate change on communities of
organisms, and their interactions, will be also considered. Talks on the
effects of climate variables other than an increase in temperature, eg.
change in rainfall regime or in frequency of climate anomalies, are
encouraged. The session is open to both synthesis papers and
presentation of experimental results, provided that they are related to
important tree species of temperate ecosystems.
*There are still some rooms available for talks and posters. So, we
invite you to register if you are interested. The deadline for
registration has been extended to 29 April, 2013. T*he last congress
circular is attached.
Dr. Alain ROQUES
Directeur de Recherches
INRA- Zoologie Forestiere
Centre de recherche d'Orléans
2163 Avenue de la Pomme de Pin
CS 40001 ARDON
45075 ORLEANS Cedex 2
Fax : (33)0238417879
Mail : alain.roques(a)orleans.inra.fr
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