The International Cross Calibration Course on Crown Condition for Mediterranean Countries was held in Italy, hosted by the structures of the School of National forest Service “Marsiliana” (Follonica) from 30th September to 2nd October. The Course has been organized by Italian forest Service in cooperation with the University of Florence and the Soc. Linnaea - Florence.
Four Countries accepted the invite to participate (Italy, Croatia, Spain, Turkey) with a prevision of 19 participants. Turkish delegation didn’t participate at last minute due their internal decision.
First day was spent in a work meeting where participants gave an overview of Forests Health condition in their Countries (Mr. Enrico Pompei for Italy, Mrs. Maria Belen Torres Martinez for Spain, Mr. Nenad Potocic for Croatia). After, Mr. Nenad Potocic reported news from Expert Panel on “Crown condition”. At the end there was a preliminary discussion for a Project proposal on “Invasive Alien species” in Mediterranean forests.
The second day was spent in the field exercises, in one plot of Pinus pinastrer stand and in two plots of Quercus ilex stand. All participants has been called to assess the crown conditions according to the rules of ICP-Forests Crown Condition Manual. The results of the assessment was discussed by each team to evaluate and to analyze the main differences between the Country assessment.
The participants visited also an ICP-Forests second level plot (Cala Violina - TOS2) after detailed information about the stand.
The last day was focused on parasitic alien species of chestnut, in particular on “Dryocosmus kuriphilus”. The participants have had the opportunity to see the effects of the parasitic attack on the plants and to have the aware of the future danger due to the fast spread of the parasite.
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