RRC ID 78391
Author Perez-Navarro MA, Lloret F, Molina-Venegas R, Alcántara JM, Verdú M.
Title Plant canopies promote climatic disequilibrium in Mediterranean recruit communities.
Journal Ecol Lett
Abstract Current rates of climate change are exceeding the capacity of many plant species to track climate, thus leading communities to be in disequilibrium with climatic conditions. Plant canopies can contribute to this disequilibrium by buffering macro-climatic conditions and sheltering poorly adapted species to the oncoming climate, particularly in their recruitment stages. Here we analyse differences in climatic disequilibrium between understorey and open ground woody plant recruits in 28 localities, covering more than 100,000 m2 , across an elevation range embedding temperature and aridity gradients in the southern Iberian Peninsula. This study demonstrates higher climatic disequilibrium under canopies compared with open ground, supporting that plant canopies would affect future community climatic lags by allowing the recruitment of less arid-adapted species in warm and dry conditions, but also it endorse that canopies could favour warm-adapted species in extremely cold environments as mountain tops, thus pre-adapting communities living in these habitats to climate change.
Volume 27(2)
Pages e14391
Published 2024-2-24
DOI 10.1111/ele.14391
PMID 38400769
MeSH Climate Change Ecosystem* Plants* Temperature Wood
IF 8.665
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