EFI : European Forest Institute
Le réseau pour la gestion durable des forêts cultivées.

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Site code DS01

Location Santiago do Cacém

Region Alentejo

Country Portugal

Local name Herdade de Monte Fava

Partner ISA


Site characteristics

Orientation: FLAT, Slope:4.0°, Soil :CAMBISOLS, Bedrock : limestone

PH :5.0,


Nearest waterline is 1.5 km apart from trial site

Short History of the site

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“Herdade de Monte Fava”, classified as public property and owned by Direcção Regional de Agricultura do Alentejo, has been used for agricultural and forestry research. Monte Fava’s 1998 Quercus suber provenance trial is managed by ISA staff and part of a multi-locality provenance test carried-out within a network set up by concerted action : “European Network for the Evaluation of Genetic Resources of Cork Oak for Appropriate Use in Breeding and Gene Conservation Strategies” where 35 cork oak populations from its natural distribution area are represented (Portugal – 9; Spain – 7; Italy – 5; France – 4; Tunisia – 2; Morocco – 6; Algeria – 1; and 1 on the Portuguese/Spanish border). Cork oak adaptability to environmental conditions is poorly understood vis-à-vis climate change scenarios forecasting more frequent and longer water deficits in the Mediterranean region. In order to allocate the most adequate seed sources to each set of climatic conditions in future afforestation activities, and considering that an important source of variation in the characteristics related to adaptability may be found at the provenance level, REINFFORCE evaluated inter-provenance variability of growth, phenology and health, and assessed correlation between bud burst and pest damage.

Generalities of the site