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Abstract : & Context Managing forests under climate change requires adaptation. The adaptive capacity of forest tree populations is huge but not limitless. Integrating evolutionary consider-ations into adaptive forestry practice will enhance the ca-pacity of managed forests to respond to climate-driven changes. & Aims Focusing on natural regeneration systems, we pro-pose a general framework that can be used in various and complex local situations by forest managers, in combination with their own expertise, to integrate evolutionary consid-erations into decision making for the emergence of an evolution-oriented forestry. & Methods We develop a simple process-based analytical grid, using few processes and parameters, to analyse the impact of forestry practice on the evolution and evolvability of tree populations. & Results We review qualitative and, whenever possible, quantitative expectations on the intensity of evolutionary drivers in forest trees. Then, we review the effects of actual and potential forestry practice on the evolutionary processes. We illustrate the complexity of interactions in two study cases: the evolutionary consequences for forest trees of biotic in-teractions and of highly heterogeneous environment. & Conclusion Evolution-oriented forestry may contribute adapting forests to climate change. It requires combining short-term and long-term objectives. We propose future lines of research and experimentation.

Author: François Lefèvre - Thomas Boivin - Aurore Bontemps - François Courbet - Hendrik Davi - Marion Durand-Gillmann - Bruno Fady - J



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