In a new perspective we argue that considering the rules of life in dry areas can promote a better understanding of how climate change affects Earth’s wetter areas, such as temperate and tropical forests, grasslands and agricultural fields.
PhD students Omri Hasson and Simon Ludovicy worked very hard to extract tree ring cores from oak trees at the dry edge of their distribution to study drought and grazing effects on radial growth.
Msc. student, Alon Levinzon, measuring physiological gas exchanges using the Licor 6800 on Ziziphus trees at Wadi El-Ahmar, Valley of Jordan, to examine the effect of the Prosopis trees - invasive species that spread in the valley, on the indigenous species - the Ziziphus tree.
Litter bag experiment conducted by Shay Schechter, our PhD student, regarding the impact of climate and microclimate conditions on plant litter decay. The experiment includes 12 sites across Israel, from Mount Hermon to Eilat.