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Paper

Year:2018
Author(s):L. Giménez-Benavides, A. Escudero, R. García-Camacho, A. García-Fernández, J. Iriondo, C. Lara-Romero, J. Morente-López
Title:How does climate change affect regeneration of Mediterranean high-mountain plants? An integration and synthesis of current knowledge
Journal:PLANT BIOLOGY
ISSN:1435-8603
Volume:20
Pages:50-62
D.O.I.:10.1111/plb.12643
Web:https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/plb.12643
Abstract:© 2017 German Society for Plant Sciences and The Royal Botanical Society of the Netherlands Mediterranean mountains are extraordinarily diverse and hold a high proportion of endemic plants, but they are particularly vulnerable to climate change, and most species distribution models project drastic changes in community composition. Retrospective studies and long-term monitoring also highlight that Mediterranean high-mountain plants are suffering severe range contractions. The aim of this work is to review the current knowledge of climate change impacts on the process of plant regeneration by seed in Mediterranean high-mountain plants, by combining available information from observational and experimental studies. We also discuss some processes that may provide resilience against changing environmental conditions and suggest some research priorities for the future. With some exceptions, there is still little evidence of the direct effects of climate change on pollination and reproductive success of Mediterranean high-mountain plants, and most works are observational and/or centred only in the post-dispersal stages (germination and establishment). The great majority of studies agree that the characteristic summer drought and the extreme heatwaves, which are projected to be more intense in the future, are the most limiting factors for the regeneration process. However, there is an urgent need for studies combining elevational gradient approaches with experimental manipulations of temperature and drought to confirm the magnitude and variability of species′ responses. There is also limited knowledge about the ability of Mediterranean high-mountain plants to cope with climate change through phenotypic plasticity and local adaptation processes. This could be achieved by performing common garden and reciprocal translocation experiments with species differing in life history traits.

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