Repeated spring precipitation shortage alters individual growth patterns in Scots pine forests in the Western Alps


Castagneri, D., Bottero, A., Motta, R., & Vacchiano, G.

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Scots pine trees effected by drought
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Over the last decades, Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) decline has involved large areas in the European Alps. Although the species is supposed to be drought resistant, increased temperatures and droughts are often indicated as predisposing causes of the decline. Nevertheless, the exact climate conditions that initiate the decline, and the reasons why they differentially affect individual trees, are unknown.

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