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

  • 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,
  • 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
  • GANTHALER A., SAILER J., BÄR A., LOSSO A. & MAYR S. (2019): Noninvasive analysis of tree stems by electrical resistivity tomography: unraveling the effects of temperature, water status, and electrode installation. Frontiers in Plant Science 10, 1455
  • GANTHALER A., LOSSO A. & MAYR S. (2018): Using image analysis for quantitative assessment of needle bladder rust disease of Norway spruce. Tree Physiology 67, 1122–1130
  • LOSSO A., ANFODILLO T., GANTHALER A., KOFLER W., MARKL Y., NARDINI A., OBERHUBER W., PURIN G. & MAYR S. (2018): Robustness of xylem properties in conifers: analyses of tracheid and pit dimensions along elevational transects. Tree Physiology 38, 212–222
  • LOSSO A., NARDINI A., DÄMON B. & MAYR S. (2018): Xylem sap chemistry: seasonal changes in timberline conifers Pinus cembra, Picea abies, and Larix decidua. Biologia Plantarum, 62, 157–165

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