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Phylogenetic responses of forest trees to global change


Senior, J and Schweitzer, JA and O'Reilly-Wapstra, J and Chapman, SK and Steane, D and Langley, A and Bailey, JK, Phylogenetic responses of forest trees to global change, PLoS ONE, 8, (4) Article e60088. ISSN 1932-6203 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0060088


In a rapidly changing biosphere, approaches to understanding the ecology and evolution of forest species will be critical to predict and mitigate the effects of anthropogenic global change on forest ecosystems. Utilizing 26 forest species in a factorial experiment with two levels each of atmospheric CO2 and soil nitrogen, we examined the hypothesis that phylogeny would influence plant performance in response to elevated CO2 and nitrogen fertilization. We found highly idiosyncratic responses at the species level. However, significant, among-genetic lineage responses were present across a molecularly determined phylogeny, indicating that past evolutionary history may have an important role in the response of whole genetic lineages to future global change. These data imply that some genetic lineages will perform well and that others will not, depending upon the environmental context.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Climate change, CO2, Eucalypt, Phylogeny
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Native forests
UTAS Author:Senior, J (Mr John Senior)
UTAS Author:Schweitzer, JA (Dr Jen Schweitzer)
UTAS Author:O'Reilly-Wapstra, J (Professor Julianne O'Reilly-Wapstra)
UTAS Author:Steane, D (Dr Dorothy Steane)
UTAS Author:Bailey, JK (Associate Professor Joe Bailey)
ID Code:84281
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2013-05-01
Last Modified:2014-04-04
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