Link zu WSL Hauptseite Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL

1st International course on Wood Ecology 2016



 May 29th - June 4th, 2016


 Hotel Kurhaus, Klosters, Switzerland


Sunday, May 29th
08.00h - 12.00h:

12.00h - 13.00h:

13.00h - 18.00h:

18.30h - 19.30h:

20.00h - 21.00h:
Lectures, demonstration of plant- and wood anatomical basics

Lunch break

Field trips, practicing anatomical techniques


Participants give short presentations about their research
Friday ~16:00-18:00
Participants present their micro sections in a special session
Saturday, June 4th


- Lectures are based on more than 350 prepared microscopic slides to be discussed
  during the lessons.
- Specific features are discussed using microscopes

We are open to all plant-age related topics, so the final topics will be defined depending on the interests of participants. In general we teach how to analyze ...

- allometric relationships along environmental gradients
- upward and northward migration of plants in relation to climate warming
- dynamics of plant populations in meadows, steppes, river beds, ruderal places etc.
- dynamics of fine root systems
- carbon allocation
- hydrological and nutritional economy (xylem/bark proportion, vessel size and lignin concentration)
- senescence in relation to age, plant size, phenology
- anatomical adaption to different environmental stress factors and phylogeny (incl. geomorphic processes)
- stem anatomical structures in relation to taxonomy and phylogeny
- spatio-temporal forest dynamics

Practical work:

Practicing anatomical techniques

- storing and preparation of material for microscopic inspection
- handling microtomes
- using different staining procedures
- making permanent microslides
- observation in different optical instruments
- microscopic photography
- There are several sliding microtomes, chemicals and microscopes
  available for each participant
- Discussion of specific technical and scientific problems.

You work on your own material. We also offer material showing characteristic features.