Department of Botany and Nature Conservation, University of Agriculture, Krakow
Faculty of Forestry, University Transilvania of Brasov
This Working group will cover the ecological risks and opportunities related to non-native tree species. It will analyse the historic experiences and effects on biodiversity and nature conservation issues and will provide an in depth view of our current understanding in the interaction between introduced nonnative tree species versus native tree species (key word: invasive behaviour of non-native tree species). Considering the fact, that the expected results of WG1, WG2, and WG3 may have a strong focus on productivity due to the outlined historic reasons, WG 4 is explicitly established to collect all the existing data, publications and grey literature which provide insights into the ecological risks and challenges for biodiversity and nature conservation when promoting non-native tree species. In short, this WG addresses the invasive potential and/or behaviour of non-native tree species and thus allows for an assessment on how the long term development of native communities may change as a result from promoting non-native species.
Synthesize the risks and effects associated with the introduction of non-native tree species in European forests: biodiversity, nature conservation, water resources, pest outbreaks, new pathogens (together with WG3), etc.