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1 Territory defence throughout conservation of the plant diversity: the project of the Protected Sea Area of Capo Carbonara (South eastern Sardinia) G. Bacchetta, G. Fenu, G. Iiriti, E. Mattana, F. Meloni, P. Mulè, L. Podda Centro Conservazione Biodiversità (CCB) Dipartimento di Scienze Botaniche Università degli Studi di Cagliari ITALY

2 The aim of the Sardinian Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (CCB) is the study, conservation (ex situ and in situ) and management of the plant diversity of Sardinia and the insular territories of the Western Mediterranean Sea. The strategy of the ex situ conservation is realized in the Germplasm Bank of Sardinia (BG-SAR) and provides collecting and management of a great number of plant entities of the island, drawing particular attention to rare taxonomic units or threatened, endemic and which present phytogeographical interest. At the same time the CCB works to guarantee the in situ conservation of taxa with the help of monitoring the populations and their conservation status. The Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (CCB) Morisia monanthos (Viv.) Asch.

3 Unifying these strategies and basing on the decree instituting the Protected Sea Area of Capo Carbonara it was possible to propose a project directed to the plant diversity conservation of the territories of south-eastern Sardinia. The Protected Sea Area was founded by the Ministry Decree on 15/09/98 (modified on 03/08/99) with the participation of the Sardinian Region and Villasimius Municipality. It contains the sea area in front of the Cavoli and Serpentara Islands and the seacoast belonging to Villasimius. Its territory is limited by Capo Boi to the west, Secca di Libeccio to the south and Punta is Porceddus to the east. The protected territory is 8.598 hectares in size. The Protected Sea Area of Capo Carbonara

4 The studied territory contains seacoast and insular areas of the Protected Sea Area of Capo Carbonara in south-eastern Sarrabus. The Study Area

5 The project, funded by the Ministry of the Environment and Territory Protection, was launched from the collaboration between the CCB and the Municipality of Villasimius, which runs the Protected Sea Area of Capo Carbonara. It is a three- year project which develops rapidly on all the pSIC of the Villasimius Municipality territory and has as its aim to provide elements concerning plant diversity to study and lastly to plan a harmonic development between both the coastal and sea areas. The Project

6 In this way, it aims at unifying the environmental protection secured by Protected Sea Area with that relative to the pSIC of the establishing net Natura 2000, waiting for the imminent activation of the Management Plans, funded by the Sardinia Region through the Structural Funds (POR 2000-2006, Axis I, measure 1.5). The Project

7 The initiative has many objectives: to acquire a profound knowledge of the species and habitat extinct and/or particularly sensible; to carry on for years both the seed collection and its ex situ conservation, the populations and habitats monitoring and the individualization of the territory planning and management. The Objectives Helicodiceros muscivorus (L. f.) Engl. Juniperus oxycedrus L. ssp. macrocarpa (Sibth. et Sm.)

8 All the rare, threatened and endemic species as well as those which present phytogeografical interest in the area under discussion will be collected, conserved and carefully studied. Scrophularia trifoliata L. Ferula arrigonii Bocchieri Brassica insularis MorisBryonia marmorata Petit

9 At the same time those activities are applied to the main entities of potential interest in restoration and environmental recovery through the techniques and methodologies of naturalistic engineering. Mobile dunes of the littoral cordon with the presence of Ammophila arenaria (white dunes) – 2210 Coastal dunes with Juniperus spp. – 2250

10 It is also necessary to point out the collaboration activated with the main local garden centre (Centroverde Vivai) with the help of which autochthones seed is multiplied. That will make it available both for environmental restoration and recovering activities and for the urban greenery and possibly in the flower gardening sector. Pancratium maritimum L. - seedlingPancratium maritimum L. - flower

11 According to various actions and interventions foreseen in the project it was firstly provided for the compiling of the floristic list based on bibliographical research and herbarium sample tests left at the Herbarium CAG; the checklist was integrated later with the observations deriving from numerous field excursions and harvests realized from June 2005 and June 2006. The Procedures The procedures and protocols recognized at the international level, in particular those of FAO/IPGRI and ISTA, were applied in BG-SAR to the ex situ management of the collected seeds. 1. COLLECTING 2. QUARANTINE AND POST RIPENING 3. SELECTION AND CLEANING 4. QUANTITATIVE AND MORPHOMETRIC ANALYSIS 5. DEHYDRATION 6. CONSERVATION 7. GERMINATION TESTS AND MULTIPLICATION

12 The collecting campaigns were planned beforehand on the basis of the taxonomic units phenology selected starting from the existing studies and direct knowledge acquired during the years. The best moment for the seed collection, its methods, the quantity of the material were regulated by ethical and scientific criteria that guaranteed a high quality of the collected material and avoided the pauperization of the genetic resources in situ. 1 - Collecting

13 The collected seed is not introduced in the bank before a quarantine period during which it is verified if the material is not contaminated by pathogena and/or parasites. Entering the bank, after the registration of the plots and the database insertion of all the data concerning each single sample, the seed is placed in a room with controlled environmental parameters (T<20°C and r.h.<40%) that permits a slow and gradual post ripening. 2 - Quarantine and Post Ripening

14 3 - Selection and Cleaning Reaching the suitable requirements, the material is cleaned manually and mechanically with the use of sieves with variable mesh or gravimetrical separators.

15 The accessions are subjected to an image acquisition process and elaborated by the Laboratorio di Biologia della Stazione Consorziale Sperimentale di Granicoltura per la Sicilia of Caltagirone. Morphometric and colorimetric parameters are measured, which, in addition to permitting a more detailed characterization of the examined taxonomic unit, allows evaluation of the quality of the entering plot. Contemporaneously, each accession is analysed from the quantitative point of view, calculating its total weight, the medium weight of a seed and in sequence the number of the cleaned seeds. 4 - Quantitative and Morphometric Analysis

16 After being selected, the seed is placed in a dehydration room (T 15 °C and r.h. 15%) equipped with two dehumidifiers with chemical absorption and a temperature conditioner electronically commanded by a hygrotester. The moisture content of the seeds is constantly monitored in order to estimate their degree of dehydration and the achievement of the optimum parameters of conservation for a long time. 5 - Dehydration

17 After verifying that the moisture content of seeds is between 3.5 % (for seeds with high oils contents) and 6.5% (for seeds with low oils contents), they are conserved at -25°C in a refrigerated cell (basic collection), but they can be also conserved at a temperature between 0 and 5°C (active collection) for studies and tests as germination tests. 6 - Conservation

18 The individuation of germination protocols is realised through the implementation of a decisional scheme. For all the tests made the following parameters are determined: germinative capacity, germination retard and T50, that is the time necessary for reaching of the 50% of the final germinative capacity. The individuation of the germination protocol optimum for each taxonomic unit permits, on the one hand, evaluation of the germinative capacity of the accession and, on the other hand, their multiplication in the CCB structures (thermo heated benches and experimental fields). 7 - Germination tests and Multiplication Helicodiceros muscivorus (L. f.) Engl.Ferula arrigonii Bocchieri

19 Monitoring of Populations As for the monitoring of the populations in situ, the individuated methodology considers their characterization from the demographic, floristic-sociological and ecological point of view. The choice of the taxa populations to be monitored was made on the base of criticity and real risk of their extinction, privileging rare entities, localized or of Comunitary interest.

20 Study of Habitats The habitats study is run instead through phyto-sociological, ecological and corological research. The habitats selection was made according to the pSIC Standard Formularies of MATT, concentrating mainly on those coastal ones because of their risk of degradation linked to tourist summer pressure.

21 Results after a year of work (ex situ activities) They have been collected and conserved in BG-SAR 26 accessions of 17 taxa in particularly of Ferula arrigonii, Silene valsecchiae and Helicodiceros muscivorus, taxa with a high risk of extinction wich the ex situ conservation is urgently to be assured. Moreover, thanks to the authorization given to CCB by the Direction of Nature Protection of MATT, as derogation of DPR 357/97, modified by 120/03, the seed harvest of Brassica insularis was carried out. Ferula arrigonii Bocchieri

22 Results after a year of work (ex situ activities) A seed sample of Brassica insularis is at present kept near the structures of the Conservatoire Botanique National Méditerranéen (Porquerolles – France) and the Banc de Germoplasma - Jardí Botànic (València - Spain) that it could guarantee the seed availability if the collections kept in BG-SAR were lost in the case of an incident or calamity. Brassica insularis Moris - plantBrassica insularis Moris - seeds

23 Results after a year of work (ex situ activities) It has been individuated the germination optimal protocols for Brassica insularis and Pancratium maritimum. Protocols of Ferula arrigonii, Helicodicerous muscivorus and Verbascum conocarpum are going to individuate.

24 Results after a year of work (in situ activities) During the first annual much information regarding the distribution and phenology of these species was collected, particularly for Ferula arrigonii, Silene valsecchiae, Helicodiceros muscivorus and Brassica insularis. For the demographic studies of all of these species permanent plots are be individuated in the Serpentara and Cavoli Islands. Brassica insularis Moris - population Ferula arrigonii Bocchieri - population

25 Results after a year of work (training activities) Training of the personnel of the Protected Sea Area and Municipality, as well as collaboration with local operators of the nursering sector are carried out. Operators of the CCB go out in the fields with the personnel of “CentroVerde Vivai” of Villasimius in order to transmit the knowledge and work methodologies. This permits learning of the harvest techniques and seed preparation. The multiplication protocols done by the BG-SAR were given to the company.

26 Results after a year of work (divulgative activities) The obtained results and the project itself were presented through manifestations and publications with a scientific and divulgative character and other initiatives realized with the collaboration with “Diomedea Società Cooperativa”. In summer 2005 there was a press conference for presenting the project and a divulgative conference at Visiting Centre of the Protected Sea Area. There was also presented a depliant, printed on recycled and ecological paper in order to illustrate briefly to people various actions of the project. On the web site of the CCB (http://www.ccb- it is possible to find its description, updated on the bases of the obtained partial results.

27 Future activities During the first annual the works were carried out only in the coastal and insular areas and, in particular, in those inside pSIC. For the continuation of the project, instead, realization of floristic list regarding the whole territory of Villasimius will be done. Moreover, studies of taxonomic units and habitats for the same territory will be started, paying particular attention to the analyses of demographic and ecological type. Particularly, the study of the soil seed bank is to be started and so the capacity of the plants to bury seed stock in order to define better the auto ecology of the species, estimate the resilience capacity of the community, carefully examine the study of the vegetational dynamics and obtain the information for supporting planning of managing activities.

28 Future activities Ways of conservation will be put forward and at the end of the activities of the project a summary of proposals both for threatened species and habitat will be elaborated. Helicodiceros muscivorus (L. f.) Engl. Juniperus oxycedrus L. ssp. macrocarpa (Sibth. et Sm.)

29 Acknowledgment Thanks to MATT and Protected Sea Area of Capo Carbonara for giving contribution necessary for the development of the research, the Administration of the Municipality of Villasimius and “Diomedea Società Cooperativa” for constant help and sensitivity demonstrated and the Laboratorio di Biologia della Stazione Consorziale Sperimentale di Granicoltura per la Sicilia of Caltagirone for the realized seed morphometric analyses.

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