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PLoS One. 2013 Apr 4;8(4):e60088. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0060088. Print 2013.

Phylogenetic responses of forest trees to global change.

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School of Plant Science, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, Australia.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
23593164
PMCID:
PMC3617192
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0060088
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