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Climate Change, Biodiversity and Forest Genetic Resources: A Bulgarian Perspective

  • Petar Zhelev
  • Ina Y. Aneva
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Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 65)

Abstract

Climate change is predicted to have substantial effect on all components of biodiversity. The chapter presents a brief survey on the biodiversity in Bulgaria and its conservation. The impact of climate change on the biological diversity and on forests will provoke different and individual reactions of the species and ecosystems. These reactions will vary depending on the intrinsic biological characteristics of the species and ecosystems and on the particular environmental conditions. Biological diversity in Bulgaria is reviewed at different hierarchical levels, with particular reference to forest biodiversity and genetic resources. The high genetic diversity in the forest tree populations is a prerequisite for their successful adaptation to future environmental changes.

Keywords

Forest ecosystems Adaptation Genetic diversity Bulgaria 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The work on the paper was partially supported by the project INFORMED (INtegrated research on FOrest Resilience and Management in the mEDiterranean).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ForestrySofiaBulgaria
  2. 2.Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem ResearchBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria

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