Scheda Insegnamento: Forest ecophysiology A.A. 2017/2018
  • Codice: 16340
  • Crediti: 6
  • Anno Off. Formativa: 2017/2018
  • Anno di Corso: 2
  • Erogazione: I semestre


To know the environmental constrains of the main physiological processes, at tree and stand levels; to understand the acclimation responses to climate changes and to water scarcity; to gain familiarity with techniques and methodological approaches used in tree ecophysiology

knowledge and understanding
• A scientific based knowledge and understanding of the acclimation and adaptation of plant traits as response to the environmental conditions.
• An updated knowledge and understanding of the environmental drivers of carbon, water and nutrient cycles in plant and forest ecosystems.
• A basic knowledge and understanding of the process based models as scaling tools

applying knowledge and understanding
- defining proper strategies and plans to improve the resilience of the forest ecosystems, also in a context of climate changes
- defining monitoring plans to support the management of trees and forests
- supporting screening strategies of resistant varieties and provenances of trees and shrubs, in reforestation programmes
- supporting the sustainable management of forest ecosystems, analysing the main functional processes in response to the management practices

making judgements
- analyse the results of survey and monitoring activities, providing scientific supported interpretation of the most probable cause-effects relationships
- interpret results of trials and pilot systems for the management or the re-establishments of trees and forest ecosystems/plantations

communication skills
- writes reports and prepares oral presentations on different subjects at professional and wide information levels
- explain proposed solutions to specific management questions in a multidisciplinary context
- presenting results of testing and experimental activities in scientific contexts

learning skills
- reading and understanding the international scientific literatures in the sector of forest and environmental relationships
- new methods and tools for the functional analyses of plant and forests

Morphologic and functional features of the main organs of forest trees: adaptation and acclimation
Growth and development of forest trees and responses to environmental factors and stresses
Tree architecture and forest microclimate
Transpiration, water relations and stress
Photosynthesis, respiration and carbon cycle of forest ecosystems
Quantitative methods for forest ecophysiological analyses (lab)
Introduction to ecophysiological process based mathematical models

Testi consigliati

Thomas P. Trees: their natural history. Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Jones H.G. Plants and Microclimate. Second Edition. Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Kozlowski T. T. & Pallardy S.G. Physiology of woody plants. Second edition. Academic Press, 1997.
Schulze E.D., Beck E., Muller-Hohenstein K.. Plant Ecology. Springer, Berlin – Heidelberg, 2005.
Kozlowski T. T., Kramer P.J. & Pallardy S.G. The physiological ecology of woody plants. Academic Press, 1991.
Landsberg J.J. & Gower S.T. Applications of physiological ecology to forest management. Academic Press, 1997.
McDonald M.S. Photobiology of higher plants. Wiley, 2003.
Pugnaire F.I. & Vallardes F. Functional Plant Ecology – second edition. CRC Press, 2007.
Hans Lambers, F. Stuart Chapin III, Thijs L. Pons. Plant Physiological Ecology. Second Edition. Springer 2008.


Suggested prerequisites: Botany, Ecology



Metodologia didattica

Ore lezione: 40

Valutazione del profitto

Prova orale

Descrizione dei metodi di accertamento

Course requirements include laboratory practices, class presentation and a final oral examination.
For the oral examination, the students must discuss a review selected from the international scientific literature on a topic selected by self and related to the topics covered by the course. Furthermore, the commission will ask questions to evaluate the acquired competence of the student according to the programme of the course.

Luogo lezioni

Via S. Camillo de Lellis, snc Viterbo Blocco aule da definire

Orario lezioni

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Dal lunedì al venerdì nelle seguenti fasce orarie:
10:30 - 13:00 Studenti corso di laurea, informazioni al pubblico sui corsi di studio
15:30 - 18:00 Studenti di laurea magistrale, Tesisti, Dottorandi
Per studenti lavoratori o fuori sede si prega di voler concordare un appuntamento via e-mail, con alcuni giorni di anticipo (disponibile anche nel tardo pomeriggio).

Normally, from Monday to Friday according to the following time organisation:
- 10:30 - 13:00 MSc students for general information about the course & other administrative issues
- 15:30 - 18:00 MSc & PhD students following one of my course or working in the Ecophys Lab, for additional explanations about lectures topics or thesis work