Causes and consequences of plant climate adaptation
Climatic conditions such as temperature and drought can sources of strong selection on natural populations. In plants, whose sessile nature forces them to adapt to local climate conditions, extensive evidence of local adaptation has been observed. However, the consequences of this adaptation on ecosystem processes such as carbon cycling remain poorly understood. Additionally, the molecular basis of adaptation is often unresolved and the specific climatic factors that drive adaptive evolution unclear. Addressing these knowledge gaps has become increasingly urgent as climate change threatens to ...
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