Vertical Ecology

The ‘Vertical Ecology’ project, supported by the Écrins National Park and the Alpine Ecology Laboratory, is a botanical study of the origin and evolution of plants in high mountains.

JUNE 2017

Lost Worlds © Evrard Wendenbaum

Eritriche nain in the Écrins National Park

Using an inventory of plants present on the high summits and the history of their evolution by DNA analysis, these researchers aim to find out which species have managed to survive on the summits which emerged during the last ice age. This work will also help them to better understand a plant's ability to adapt to extreme conditions. In order to promote this project and inform visitors, the Écrins National Park has created informative posters about these high altitude plants and their location in the park. These posters can be seen in a dozen refuges and the visitors’ centers in the Écrins National Park.

poster du Parc National des Écrins, refuge du Pelvoux

poster du Parc National des Écrins, aiguille de Sialouze

Uploaded in June 2017


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