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Intraspecific Trait Variation and Phenotypic Plasticity Mediate Alpine Plant Species Response to Climate Change
Jonathan J. Henn1; Vanessa Buzzard2; Brian J. Enquist2; Aud H. Halbritter3,4; Kari Klanderud5; Brian S. Maitner2; Sean T. Michaletz6,7; Christine Pötsch3; Lorah Seltzer2; Richard J. Telford3,4; Yan Yang8; Li Zhang8; Vigdis Vandvik3,4
2018
Source PublicationFRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE
ISSN1664-462X
Volume9Pages:1548
SubtypeArticle
Contribution Rank8
AbstractIn a rapidly changing climate, alpine plants may persist by adapting to new conditions. However, the rate at which the climate is changing might exceed the rate of adaptation through evolutionary processes in long-lived plants. Persistence may depend on phenotypic plasticity in morphology and physiology. Here we investigated patterns of leaf trait variation including leaf area, leaf thickness, specific leaf area, leaf dry matter content, leaf nutrients (C, N, P) and isotopes (delta C-13 and delta N-15) across an elevation gradient on Gongga Mountain, Sichuan Province, China. We quantified inter- and intra-specific trait variation and the plasticity in leaf traits of selected species to experimental warming and cooling by using a reciprocal transplantation approach. We found substantial phenotypic plasticity in most functional traits where ON, leaf area, and leaf P showed greatest plasticity. These traits did not correspond with traits with the largest amount of intraspecific variation. Plasticity in leaf functional traits tended to enable plant populations to shift their trait values toward the mean values of a transplanted plants' destination community, but only if that population started with very different trait values. These results suggest that leaf trait plasticity is an important mechanism for enabling plants to persist within communities and to better tolerate changing environmental conditions under climate change.
Keywordfunctional traits phenotypic plasticity alpine plants climate change Intraspecific variation
DOI10.3389/fpls.2018.01548
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Language英语
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.imde.ac.cn/handle/131551/24378
Collection中国科学院水利部成都山地灾害与环境研究所
Corresponding AuthorJonathan J. Henn
Affiliation1.Department of Integrative Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, United States;
2.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United States;
3.Department of Biological Sciences, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway;
4.Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway;
5.Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway;
6.Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research Centre, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada;
7.Earth and Environmental Sciences Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, United States;
8.Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment (CAS), Chengdu, China
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Jonathan J. Henn,Vanessa Buzzard,Brian J. Enquist,et al. Intraspecific Trait Variation and Phenotypic Plasticity Mediate Alpine Plant Species Response to Climate Change[J]. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE,2018,9:1548.
APA Jonathan J. Henn.,Vanessa Buzzard.,Brian J. Enquist.,Aud H. Halbritter.,Kari Klanderud.,...&Vigdis Vandvik.(2018).Intraspecific Trait Variation and Phenotypic Plasticity Mediate Alpine Plant Species Response to Climate Change.FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE,9,1548.
MLA Jonathan J. Henn,et al."Intraspecific Trait Variation and Phenotypic Plasticity Mediate Alpine Plant Species Response to Climate Change".FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE 9(2018):1548.
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