Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Annie DesRochers is interested in the study of root links and anastomoses in boreal forest stands and their effects on forest dynamics and tree biology. Using forest fire water-pomps, she and her students excavated dozens of patches of mature forest to discover how trees are interrelated with each other, what they are sharing with each other, and how they affect the physiology of their neighbors. Her work on root grafting was among the ten scientific discoveries of the year 2011 according to Quebec Science. Holder of the NSERC industrial research chair in silviculture and wood production, she also works on the development of silvicultural techniques for fast-growing plantations in the borealzone.