Research Station Praxmar

The research station Praxmar is situated in the Sellrain valley at an elevation of 1,667 m a.s.l in a forest of spruce and stone pine. The facility is a chalet previously owned by the federal forestry service of Tyrol but has been used by scientists of the University of Innsbruck for botanical and ecophysiological research for about 20 years. The chalet was acquired by the university in 2019 and is currently under conversion to cope with latest research demands. The chalet is within easy reach by car and a road leads up to the tree line region.

Current research projects address questions on hydraulic performance of tissues of wooden alpine plants under severe weather conditions as well as on rust fungus infections of spruce trees.


Recent projects

Recent publications

  • Ganthaler et al. (2023): Elevated nutrient supply can exert worse effects on Norway spruce than drought, viewed through chemical defence against needle rust. Tree Physiology 43: 1745–1757,
  • GANTHALER A., BÄR A., DÄMON B., LOSSO A., NARDINI A., DULLIN C., TROMBA G., VON ARX G. & MAYR S. (2022): Alpine dwarf shrubs show high proportions of non-functional xylem: Visualization and quantification of species-specific patterns. Plant, Cell & Environment 45: 55–68, DOI: 10.1111/pce.14226
  • SALOMÓN, R.L., PETERS, R.L., ZWEIFEL, R. et al. (2022): The 2018 European heatwave led to stem dehydration but not to consistent growth reductions in forests. Nature Communications 13, 28,
  • TELAGATHOTI, A., PROBST, M., MANDOLINI, E. & PEINTNER, U. (2022): Mortierellaceae from subalpine and alpine habitats: new species of Entomortierella, Linnemannia, Mortierella, Podila and Tyroliella gen. nov. Studies in Mycology 103: 25–58,
  • TRUJILLO-MOYA, C., GANTHALER, A., STÖGGL, W. et al. (2022). Advances in understanding Norway spruce natural resistance to needle bladder rust infection: transcriptional and secondary metabolites profiling. BMC Genomics 23, 435, 
  • BÄR A., SCHRÖTER D. M. & MAYR S. (2021): When the heat is on: High temperature resistance of buds from European tree species. Plant, Cell & Environment, 
  • FENG F., LOSSO A., TYREE M., ZHANG S. & MAYR S. (2021): Cavitation fatigue in conifers: a study on eight European species. Plant Physiology, 186:3, 1580–1590,
  • MAYR S. (2021): Relevance of time and spatial scales in plant hydraulics. Tree Physiology 41/10, 1781–1784, http:​/​/​/10.1093​/treephys​/tpab093 
  • SASANI N., BOCK P., FELHOFER M. & GIERLINGER N. (2021): Raman imaging reveals in-situ microchemistry of cuticle and epidermis of spruce needles. Plant Methods 17, 17,
  • TELAGATHOTI A., PROBST M., KHOMENKO I., BIASIOLI F. & PEINTNER U. (2021): High-Throughput Volatilome Fingerprint Using PTR–ToF–MS Shows Species-Specific Patterns in Mortierella and Closely Related Genera. J. Fungi 7:66,
  • TELAGATHOTI A., PROBST M. & PEINTNER U. (2021): Habitat, snow-cover and soil pH, affect the distribution and diversity of Mortierellaceae species and their associations to bacteria. Frontiers in Microbiology 12,
  • LINTUNEN A., LOSSO A., AALTO J., CHAN T., HÖLTTÄ T. & MAYR S. (2020): Propagating ice front induces gas bursts and ultrasonic acoustic emissions from freezing xylem. Tree Physiology 40: 170–182
  • LOSSO A., SAILER J., BÄR A., GANTHALER A. & MAYR S. (2020): Insights into trunks of Pinus cembra: analyses of hydraulics via electrical resistivity tomography. Trees 34: 999–1008
  • MAYR S., SCHMID P., BEIKIRCHER B., FENG F., & BADEL E. (2020): Die hard: timberline conifers survive annual winter embolism. New Phytologist, 226: 13–20
  • TRUJILLO-MOYA C., GANTHALER A., STÖGGL W., KRANNER I., SCHÜLER S., ERTL R., SCHLOSSER S., GEORGE J.-P. & MAYR S. (2020): RNA-Seq and secondary metabolite analyses reveal a putative defence-transcriptome in Norway spruce (Picea abies) against needle bladder rust (Chrysomyxa rhododendri) infection. BMC Genomics 21, 226

For more publications please visit the bibliography.

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