Topic 1 - Sapwood at work
Leaders Frank Sterck, Kathy Steppe
Contents - Understand formation and functioning of sapwood (under stress); subdivided in 2 topics: (1) Acclimation and adaptation in sapwood area and sapwood turnover rates; (2) Functional balances in branches amongst species along climate gradients in Europe.
Topic 2 - Relation phenology and wood production
Leader Cyrille Rathgeber
Contents - Define stress (stressful climate) conditions and determine the impact on leaf and cambium phenology and ultimately forest productivity. Include remote-sensing methods for up-scaling.
Topic 3 - Lethal dose of drought
Leader Andreas Bolte
Contents - Elaboration and testing of the lethal-impact-dose of drought concept for European beech. Establishment of a European-wide network of experiments.
Topic 4 - Wood-anatomical functional traits
Leaders Hans Beeckman, Katarina Cufar
Contents - Categorisation of wood-anatomical variables that potentially contain information on stress.
Topic 5 - Intra-annual density fluctuations (stable isotopes)
Leaders Giovanna Battipaglia, Martin De Luis
Contents - Using intra-annual features in wood for precise quantification of climatic factors influencing cambial activity and wood formation processes in the different environments (from Mediterranean to Siberia region).
Topic 6 - Phloem and parenchym tissues
Leaders Elisabeth Robert, Jozica Gricar
Contents - Assessing functioning, plasticity and ecological patterns of living phloem tissue through meta-analysis.
Topic 7 - Forcasting tree mortality
Leaders Jordi Martinez-Vilalta, Steven Jansen
Contents - Assessment of vulnerability and resilience of European forests to drought-induced mortality.
Topic 8 - Evaluating drought-stress tolerance with dendrometers
Leaders Patrick Fonti, Kathy Steppe, (Tanja Sanders= sub-topic leader beech data)
Contents - Evaluating the potential of using dendrometers data to quantify species-specific drought tolerance in a given environment.
Topic 9 - Effect of Stress on Wood quality
Leader Manuela Romagnoli, Bilgin Icel
Contents - wood quality-relation to anatomy, chemistry, growth rate and wood density. Effect of stress on wood production and quality.
Topic 10 - Forest genetics speeding up adaptation: the case of resistance to drought
Leaders Philippe Rozenberg, Sven De Vries
Contents – Inventory of actual research activities on forest genetics with special focus on adaptation to drought; use of provenance trials to explore bioclimatic adaptive traits; connection with networks in forest genetics.