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NetForSur, a new collaborative research project between Argentina, Chile, France and Peru

CLIMAT AmSud 2020
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The LIA FORESTIA welcomes its third partner, the University of Huanta, Peru.

Amendment to the agreement signed on the 14th of December 2020
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The Forestia publications and scientific articles, published by the Forestia participants.

The Forestia publications and scientific articles
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FORESTIA and the Special Issue of “Adapting forests ecosystems and wood products to biotic and abiotic stress”

Forest Ecology and Management
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New EU research project submitted FORTOP

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FORESTIA is chairing a session at the IUFRO 2019 World Conference, Curitiba, Brazil

Session B2d/B2f
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First FORESTIA International Conference

First FORESTIA International Conference, Bariloche 12-14 March 2019.
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International Conference “Adapting forests ecosystems and wood products to biotic and abiotic stress”

The International Conference takes place 12-15 March 2019, San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.
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Symposium “Mutations Forestières dans le cadre des Changements Globaux” (Forest changes in the global change context)

The directors of the LIA FORESTIA, A. Martinez-Meier and P. Rozenberg, were invited to present the international scientific strategy of the LIA...
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LIA FORESTIA Agreement signed

LIA FORESTIA - Agreement signed

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International Associated Laboratory between INRAE (France), INTA (Argentina) and UNAH (Perú)

The LIA FORESTIA is an international associated laboratory between three research laboratories, in Argentina, the “Área de Investigación en Sistemas Forestales” of INTA Bariloche, in France, the UMR INRAE – ONF BioForA (“Biologie intégrée pour la valorisation de la diversité des arbres et de la forêt”) of INRAE Val de Loire and in Perú, the National Autonomous University of Huanta.

Other INTA and INRAE units participate to the LIA FORESTIA:

  • In Argentina: INTA Tandil, Buenos Aires; INTA Montecarlo, Misiones; INTA Castelar, Buenos-Aires
  • In France: UMR PIAF (INRAE Clermont-Ferrand); UR FM (INRAE Avignon); UMR BIOGECO (INRAE Bordeaux); UR ZF (INRAE Val de Loire), UE GBFOR (INRAE Val de Loire).

FORESTIA stands for “Integrated study of Adaptation to (a)biotic STress of natural and planted FOREsts”


The LIA FORESTIA aims at investigating adaptive mechanisms and their application to forest tree breeding and silviculture. To achieve that goal, we defined specific objectives:

  • To identify relevant adaptive traits by investigating their relation with fitness (3.1)
  • To determine the functional role of these relevant adaptive traits (3.2)
  • To explore the phenotypic, genetic (quantitative and molecular) and environmental variation of the adaptive traits driving the mechanisms of adaptation in different model species submitted to various abiotic or biotic stressors (3.3)
  • To works on the design, test and validation of innovative tools and methods involved in forest tree breeding, forest management and wood quality studies (3.4)

The substance of the project is built around the hypothesis that a part of the relevant adaptive traits is directly or indirectly based on basic wood properties and annual rings. Annual rings provide convenient retrospective access to tree response to biotic and abiotic stressors. The main abiotic stressors studied by the FORESTIA LIA are drought and frost. The significance of the annual ring response can be investigated in association with major wood functions like sap conduction. Recent drought-induced diebacks associated to the climate change are opportunities to study the relationships between basic wood properties and the survival component of fitness. Annual rings offer original opportunities to study inter and intra annual phenotypic plasticity. In the end, wood studies also provide information about wood production, quantity and quality. Wood is a central study-object of the FORESTIA LIA. Consequently, the LIA elaborates technological innovations associated to wood measurement.

With the intensification of international trade and travel, an increasing number of forest pests are exotic. More forest biomass is lost to insects than to forest fires (FAO). The FORESTIA LIA would contribute to improve the knowledge of invasion pathways, adaptive traits of target pests and invasion risks via modelling studies.

Finally yet importantly, the FORESTIA LIA wants to be involved in the mitigation of the unfavourable effects of the climate change. That is why it does not only provide basic scientific knowledge but also works on the design, test and validation of innovative tools and methods involved in forest tree breeding and forest management.

The FORESTIA scientific project is strongly integrative and multi-disciplinary, with the main disciplines being wood sciences, dendro-ecology, physiology and ecophysiology, quantitative, population and molecular genetics and evolutionary biology.

The main forest tree model species are native and introduced, planted and naturally regenerated; in Argentina: Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, cordillera cypress, four nothofagus species, four eucalyptus species, poplars and hybrid pines; in France: Douglas-fir, European larch, hybrid larch and poplars.