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Forest ecology

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Forest ecology laboratory
In the Forest Ecology laboratory, developed activities related to all terrestrial ecosystems of our country. The staff is occupied with the analysis of biotic and abiotic factors that influence each other in their internal functioning. More specially examined the flora and its composition through phytosociology in order to translate the forms and dynamics of vegetation.
The vegetative and floristic data are related to climatic, geographical, geomorphological and soil factors determine the composition and forms of vegetation. The climatic factors are examined in the light of bioclimatology and the restrictions that it sets to the composition of vegetation and its distribution in the space.
In addition, in the laboratory keep a computerized database, with meteorological data from the early 1960's, collected from about 30 forest meteorological stations located in mountainous areas of the country covering the conditions of the major forest ecosystems. These data are used to evaluate the climate development of forests and are also available for all public offices, universities and individuals on delivery.

Existing research activities

  • Forest ecology with emphasize in plant sociology and systematic botany
  • Monitoring of permanent experimental plots in the main terrestrial ecosystems through the plant composition and estimate the flora biodiversity
  • Monitoring of climatic conditions in forest area, through automatic network of 21 meteorological stations
  • Forest meteorology, bioclimatology, forest fires and meteorology


Research trends

  • Relationship between climate, soil and vegetation
  • Investigation of vulnerable and rare flora species in Greece
  • Classification of the vegetation
  • Vegetation and climatic cartography Maps production
  • Creation an official herbarium

Research areas for collaboration

  • Conservation and management of Mediterranean ecosystems
  • Cartography and mapping of vegetation and climate
  • Monitoring, conservation and management of vulnerable and rare flora species and their habitats
  • Forest meteorology, bioclimatology, forest fires and meteorology
  • Post fire regeneration and vegetation succession






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