Management and Conservation of Plant Communities and Agroforestry Systems
Semester Course: 1st
Credits: 6 ECTS
Lecturer(s): José Carlos Augusta da Costa (Responsible), Joana Amaral Paulo, Patricia Maria Rodriguez Gonzalez and Filipe Miguel de Carvalho Costa e Silva
Web Site: https://fenix.isa.ulisboa.pt/degrees/medfor/disciplina-curricular/564006...
The students will be introduced to Portuguese plant cover and to the identification of forest landscape units; they will be acquainted with biotic and abiotic factors relevant for plant growth and survival, and for plant community structures, with emphasis on climatic variables; they will learn the concepts related to close-to-Nature forestry, as well as methods for ecosystem conservation and restoration.
- Programme topics:
- Biogeography and bioclimatology of Portuguese vegetation. Methods of plant survey and plant community analysis.
- Endangered and protected plant species, communities and sites. Ex situ and in situ plant conservation.
- Agro-forestry systems characteristics and functions. Maintenance of biodiversity in agroforestry systems. The concept of continuous cover forestry: temporal evolution and alternative models of silviculture.
- Consequences of land abandonment. Restoration and requalification of agro-forestry systems.
Classification of application exercises and their oral presentations in classes, or written test for programme module whenever adequate or necessary for classification recover; recover of classification, if needed, in final written examination.