Genetic considerations in ecosystem restoration using native tree species
With the rising interest on rehabilitation and restoration of forest landscapes to tackle climate change, there has been a renewed focus on the use of native species. Yet, the authors point out there is a lack of attention paid to genetic diversity among these trees along with their interactions, thus resulting in a failure to adequately assess the success of tree plantings.
Goals & Methods
The goal of this paper is to provide practical recommendations to practitioners, policy makers, and researchers to ensure successful interventions of tree plantings. The article revolves around three themes: species selection, resilience, and measuring success.
Conclusion & Takeaways
The authors conclude with three primary recommended tools for future practice: collecting germplasms to ensure genetic diversity in the newly established tree populations, choose species that are appropriate for the restoration site, and focus on landscape-level planning.
Genetic considerations in ecosystem restoration using native tree species. Forest Ecology and Management. 2014;333:66–75. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2014.07.015.
- Bioversity International, Maccarese, Rome, Italy
- Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
- Unidad de Genética Ecológica y Mejoramiento Forestal, INTA Bariloche, Argentina
- Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom
- Central Agricultural Office, Department of Forest and Biomass Reproductive Material, Hungary
- Seed Conservation Department, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom