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Group Dendroecology


The primary interest of the research group DENDROECOLOGY is to gain an understanding of the influence of environmental stresses on the anatomical structure and tree physiological processes with focus on intra- and inter-annual cambial activity, and therefore ring-formation. The group strives to study the key processes behind tree growth – many of which are still not quantified or even understood. The group aims to develop novel methodologies, in natural as well as controlled experimental conditions, to explore the response of cambium to stress in all of its phenological and functional traits (structural, physiological, biochemical, molecular). Experiments with stressors such as drought or pollutants are used to disentangle the various growth influences arising from natural and anthropogenic environmental change.


Gärtner H, Cherubini P, Fonti P, von Arx G, Schneider L, Nievergelt D, Verstege A, Bast A, Schweingruber FH, Büntgen U (2015): Technical challenges in tree-ring research including wood anatomy and dendroecology. Journal of Visualized Experiments. e52337, doi:10.3791/52337 (pdf)

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Group leader

PD Dr. Ulf Büntgen