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Project finished in 2019


Origin and congruence of taxonomic, phylogenetic, functional and paleo-ecological diversity patterns: tree biodiversity in the European Mediterranean 


Taxonomic diversity is the most widely used indicator for biodiversity conservation, even though its genetic and functional components are essential in the processes governing its maintenance.  


WOODIV propose to test the congruence of the taxonomic, phylogenetic, functional and paleo-ecological diversity of trees in the European Mediterranean, and to identify the factors behind these patterns.


The results will contribute to the implementation of conservation priorities using the functional and evolutionary components of biodiversity, which are not yet widely considered at this scale. 


It is proposed to collect the eco-phylogenetic and paleo-ecological data available for indigenous trees in the European Mediterranean. Their spatial analysis will make possible to define the structure of the patterns of the three components of biodiversity and their level of congruence, then meta-analyses and models will allow the project to identify the factors at the origin of the observed patterns. One of the strengths of this project is that it does not limit itself to contemporary explanatory variables, but integrates paleo-ecological data (i) from which will be derived, in particular, proxy data for past diversity and anthropogenic impacts, as well as (ii) phylogeographic data on available ligneous species and community phylogeny.  

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WOODIV brings together taxonomists, ecologists, evolutionists and paleoecologists as well as stakeholders. 



Agathe LERICHE – UMA IMBE, University Aix-Marseille (France)



Aggeliki DOXA – UMA IMBE, University Aix-Marseille (France)



Marwan ALBASSATNEH CKEIKH – University Pierre et Marie Curie (France); Cécile ALBERT – IMBE, CNRS (France); Juan ARROYO – University of Seville (Spain); Gianluigi BACCHETTA – University of Cagliari (Italy); Francesca BAGNOLI – CNR Institute Biosciences Bioresources (Italy); Alex BAUMEL – IMBE, Aix-Marseille University (France); Vincent DEVICTOR – CNRS ISEM (France); Panayotis DIMOPOULOS – University of Patras (Greece); Marcial Antonia ESCUDERO – University of Seville (Spain); Bruno FADY – INRAE (France); Valentina GARAVAGLIA – FAO (Italy); Joël GUIOT – CNRS, CEREGE (France); Frédéric GUITER – IMBE, Aix-Marseille University (France); Arndt HAMPE – INRAE (France); Frédéric MÉDAIL – IMBE, Aix-Marseille University (France); Anne-Christine MONNET – IMBE, OT-Med (France); Toni NIKOLIC – University of Zagreb (Croatia); Giuseppe VENDRAMIN – CNR Institute Biosciences Bioresources (Italy).


[02] Albassatneh MC, Escudero M, Ponger L, Monnet A-C, Arroyo J, Nikolic T, Bacchetta G, Bagnoli F, Dimopoulos P, Leriche A, Médail F, Roig A, Spanu I, Vendramin GG, Hampe A & Fady B (2020) A comprehensive, genus-level time-calibrated phylogeny of the tree flora of Mediterranean Europe and an assessment of its vulnerability. Botany Letters, 167, 276–289. doi: 10.1080/23818107.2019.1684360.


[01] Médail F, Monnet A-C, Pavon D, Nikolic T, Dimopoulos P, Bacchetta G, Arroyo J, Barina Z, Albassatneh MC, Domina G, Fady B, Matevski V, Mifsud S & Leriche A (2019) What is a tree in the Mediterranean Basin hotspot? A critical analysis. Forest Ecosystems, 6, 17. doi: 10.1186/s40663-019-0170-6.

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