The newly reorganized Environment Department at Edmund Mach Foundation (FEM) conducts research aimed at sustaining the natural environment of the alpine region of Trentino. It brings together the expertise gathered in the past by the Natural Resources Department of Istituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige and by the Centre of Alpine Ecology. The research carried out at the Environment Department of FEM encompasses both ecological and molecular studies. It focuses on the functional integrity and biodiversity of aquatic (mainly plankton, diatoms and salmonid fishes) and land taxa (mainly vertebrate fauna and their parasites, higher plants including annual species and forest trees) that are subject to anthropic pressure and global climate changes.
The ACE-SAP (Alpine Ecosystems in a Changing Environment: Biodiversity Sensitivity and Adaptive Potential) Major Proposal is a collaborative project funded by the Autonomous Province of Trento involving three regional institutions (Edmund Mach Foundation, Natural History Museum of Trento, Civic Museum of Rovereto) and one external partner (University of Davis, California). It is intended to address four major aspects of biodiversity research by using the territory of an alpine region, Trentino, as an “outdoor laboratory”:
the study and conservation of endangered/endemic taxa representing unique and not replaceable components of the biological diversity of the region;
the direct consequences to the human population inhabiting this region that biodiversity changes or loss may involve;
the study of selected ecological and genetic mechanisms implemented by living organisms to adapt to environmental drivers of stress;
the measurement, with state of the art tools, of the current levels of biodiversity to monitor, preserve, manage and exploit it in a sustainable way.
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