TRIP to FRANCE for experiment and conference on Epicormics

  • date:2017-09-25
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On 6th September to 14th September Dr. Tristan Charles-Dominique joined Dr Uriel Gélin in order to assist running his experiment in the Zoological park la Haute Touche (Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle, France). The aim of the experiment was to test the effect of spinescence on various mammalian herbivores from different reigns. They offered together spined and unspined (spines removed manually) branches of Crateagus to a range of herbivores and recorded how the herbivores responded to spinescence.


On 14th September to 17th September Dr. Tristan Charles-Dominique joined the first international conference about epicormic formations in trees in Nancy ( The conference gathered botanists from different fields including expert of wood quality, foresters, horticulturists, ecologists, anatomists and plant architects interested in resprouting in trees. Dr. Tristan Charles-Dominique gave a talk about how woody plants protect their buds in frequently disturbed environment, how the trees use these buds to replace part or the whole set of plant functions damaged by disturbance and how this affects their survival.


Fig. 1. Bud protection for three South African tree species