Project properties

Title Tough oaks for future forest: selection suitable oak provenances for Dutch forestry
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 36-39
Supervisor(s) dr. UGW (Ute) Sass-Klaassen
Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands (CGN): Dr. P (Paul) Copini
Examiner(s) Prof. Dr. Ir. G.M.J. (Frits) Mohren
Contact info ute.sassklaassen@wur.nl
http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Persons/dr.-UGW-Ute-Sass-Klaassen.htm
Begin date 2017/10/01
End date
Description Can also be done as internship (24-27 ects)

Pedunculate oak is a relevant timber species in European forestry. The challenge for foresters is to choose those oak provenances for planting, which will perform well also in a changing climate with extreme climatic events, such as drought. In this study we take profit of large provenance trials which have been established already in the 1970ies and 1980ies in the context of utility research in forest trees to provide information for the National List of Varieties and Provenances of Trees (www.rassenlijstbomen.nl). Tree-ring analyses will be applied to assess the limiting effect of precipitation, temperature and soil water levels on long-term growth performance of different oak provenances to come up with concrete recommendations on suitable provenances for forest management.
The study involves fieldwork, labwork, tree-ring analyses. We seek for students who are interested in a subject on forestry with practical relevance. Co-supervision with CGN/Alterra will enable insights into collaboration between research and forestry practice. The subject is suitable to be executed in a team of 2 students!

For project description visit:
http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Chair-groups/Environmental-Sciences/Forest-Ecology-and-Forest-Management-Group/DendroLab/Research/Dendroclimatology/Show/Increasing-the-potential-of-economically-valuable-tree-species-to-survive-drought-by-choosing-the-optimal-provenance.htm.

Climate change effects/ Sustainable forest management /Tree ring analyses and wood anatomy /The Netherlands/ Temperate zone
Used skills Fieldwork, data acquisition and analyses (time-series analyses)
Requirements Standard for MSc thesis:
FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management; REG-31806 Ecological Methods I;