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Large-scale environmental variation affects reproduction and survival of plants

Date:
February 22, 2016
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Wiley
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A new analysis looks at how rates of reproduction and survival of 26 shrub species with fire-dependent life cycles in the Cape Floristic Region in South Africa respond to environmental variation.
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A new analysis looks at how rates of reproduction and survival of 26 shrub species with fire-dependent life cycles in the Cape Floristic Region in South Africa respond to environmental variation.

The study incorporates multiple environmental drivers--notably climate and fire--at large spatial scales for a significant number of species and populations. The findings provide important insights on how interactions among these drivers shape the population dynamics of plants.

"Our study of more than 3000 shrub populations suggests that our study species will react differently to changes in climatic variation, including summer heat, drought, and cold," said Martina Treurnicht, lead author of the Journal of Ecology analysis. "Plants are also affected by soil factors and their neighbors."

The article is part of a Demography Beyond the Population Special Feature that is a unique large-scale ecological collaboration including articles in all six British Ecological Society journals. Its goal is to highlight the potential of demography to connect across scales and inform a broad range of questions in ecology and evolution.


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  1. Martina Treurnicht, Jörn Pagel, Karen J. Esler, AnneLise Schutte-Vlok, Henning Nottebrock, Tineke Kraaij, Anthony G. Rebelo, Frank M. Schurr. Environmental drivers of demographic variation across the global geographical range of 26 plant species. Journal of Ecology, 2016; 104 (2): 331 DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12508

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