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Course on Wood Anatomy in Arctic and Alpine Environments

at Klosters Dorf, Switzerland (19. – 25. August 2012)

The effect of global warming on arctic and alpine environments is more and more in focus of plant science and especially of dendrochronology. Since the anatomical structure of arctic and alpine plants as well as their structural variability caused by environmental changes is not well known, we decided to offer this course to set a base line for future anatomical and dendroecological studies beyond forests.

Based on pre-prepared permanent microscopic slides (one complete set for each participant) we will teach basic wood-anatomical knowledge. The main focus is set on trees, shrubs, dwarf shrubs and herbs growing in the boreal and arctic, as well as in the subalpine and alpine zone of the northern Hemisphere.

On several excursions in the alpine and subalpine zone of the Alps (near Davos) we discuss sampling strategies to solve problems in relation to climatology, ecology and changes of vegetation zones.

Each participant will learn and practice simple and effective techniques for preparing high quality permanent micro sections in a fully equipped laboratory (microscopes, microtoms, chemicals).

Further details about this new course are available at:

Via email to: MartinHallinger@gmx.de
Max. number of participants: 19
Acceptance of participation will be done on a first come, first serve basis!
(Deadline for registration: May 31st, 2012)

The course is organized by:
Fritz H. Schweingruber, Holger Gärtner and Martin Hallinger
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL