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Study Explores Adaptation of Pine Forestry to Climate Change

Bioversity International30 April 2013: A recent publication by a group of research institutions, including Bioversity International, documents the results of multi-site trials on pine species that aim to better understand options for choosing optimal species for forestry in the face of climate change.

The study, titled 'Selection of Provenances to Adapt Tropical Pine Forestry to Climate Change on the Basis of Climate Analogs,' focuses on the growth of plantings of 10 types of seed material in Brazil, Colombia and South Africa, and considers climate dissimilarities between planting sites. The results highlight the importance of selecting sites with stable climates where high yields are possible. The study suggests that Pinus patula, which has a greater tolerance toward temperature and precipitation variation, will be more appropriate in cases where the direction and magnitude of climate change are uncertain. Outcomes underscore the importance of considering climate change in long-term forestry activities.

Bioversity International is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). [Publication: Selection of Provenances to Adapt Tropical Pine Forestry to Climate Change on the Basis of Climate Analogs]