Type: Chapter

The response of forest trees to abiotic stress

Authors

Tanja G. M. Sanders

Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems

Peter Spathelf

University of Sustainable Development

Andreas Bolte

Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems

Publication date:

25 November 2019

ID: 9781786764942

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Description

Trees, as long-living organisms, have to face varying growing conditions during their lifetime. This chapter introduces abiotic stress in trees, considering its interaction with biotic stress and examining the links between environmental dynamics and changes in stress. This chapter addresses the ability of trees and forest stands to adapt abiotic stressors. It describes management options to increase tree and forest adaptation to abiotic stressors (especially Adaptive Forest Management (AFM)) under conditions of climate change. Finally, the chapter looks ahead to future trends in this field of research.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Abiotic stress in trees
3 Interaction with biotic stress
4 Environmental dynamics and the change of stress
5 Adaptive capacity of trees and forest stands to abiotic stressors
6 Management options to increase tree and forest adaptation to abiotic
stressors under climate change
7 Future trends and conclusion
8 Where to look for further information
9 References