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A global phylogenetic regionalisation of vascular plants reveals a deep split between Gondwanan and Laurasian biotas

Angelino Carta, Lorenzo Peruzzi, Santiago Ramirez Barahona, (2021) bioRxiv

Existing global regionalisation schemes for plants consider the compositional affinities among biotas, but these have not considered phylogenetic information explicitly. Incorporating phylogenetic information may substantially advance our understanding of the relationships among regions and the syno…

On the Emergence of Biodiversity: Mechanistically Bridging Ecology, Evolution and Paleo-Environments

Oskar Hagen, (2021)

Understanding the origins of biodiversity has been an aspiration since the days of early naturalists such as Whewell, Lyell, Humboldt, Darwin and Wallace. These pioneers already acknowledged interactions between ecological and evolutionary processes, as well as the roles of continental movements, or…

Comparing sample bias correction methods for species distribution modeling using virtual species

Richard Inman, Janet Franklin, Todd Esque, Kenneth Nussear, (2021) Ecosphere

A key assumption in species distribution modeling (SDM) with presence‐background (PB) methods is that sampling of occurrence localities is unbiased and that any sampling bias is proportional to the background distribution of environmental covariates. This assumption is rarely met when SDM practition…

Assembly of species’ climatic niches of coastal communities does not shift after invasion

Asunción Saldaña‐López, Montserrat Vilà, Francisco Lloret, José Manuel Herrera, Pablo González‐Moreno, (2021) Journal of Vegetation Science

Question: Do invasions by invasive plant species with contrasting trait profiles (Arctotheca calendula, Carpobrotus spp., Conyza bonariensis, and Opuntia dillenii) change the climatic niche of coastal plant communities? Location: Atlantic coastal habitats in Huelva (Spain). Methods: We identifi…

CLIMATIC NICHE DETERMINES THE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF MYRTACEAE SPECIES IN BRAZILIAN SUBTROPICAL ATLANTIC FOREST

Jéssica Thalheimer de Aguiar, Pedro Higuchi, Ana Carolina da Silva, (2021) Revista Árvore

The understanding of factors determining species geographic distribution is a fundamental aim of ecology. We investigated the environmental niche for three Myrtaceae species in the Brazilian Subtropical Atlantic Forest (BSAF), part of a global conservation hotspot. Based on a literature review, we s…

Predicting range shifts for critically endangered plants: Is habitat connectivity irrelevant or necessary?

Gabriel U. Yesuf, Kerry A. Brown, Nigel S. Walford, Solofo E. Rakotoarisoa, Mariana C. Rufino, (2021) Biological Conservation

Climate and land-cover change will directly impact future species distributions, leading to range expansions, contractions and local extinctions. However, assessments of future range shifts rarely account for the capacity of the landscape matrix to facilitate species dispersals. Here, we assessed fu…

Monographs on invasive plants in Europe N°5: Ambrosia trifida L.

Bruno Chauvel, Guillaume Fried, Swen Follak, Daniel Chapman, Yuliana Kulakova, ... - (2021) Botany Letters

Ambrosia trifida L. (giant ragweed, Asteraceae) is native to the North American continent and was introduced into Europe and Asia at the end of the 19th century. In its native range, this tall annual species is common in riparian and ruderal habitats and is also a major weed in annual cropping syste…

Urban alien plants in temperate oceanic regions of Europe originate from warmer native ranges

Charly Géron, Jonas J. Lembrechts, Jan Borgelt, Jonathan Lenoir, Rafiq Hamdi, ... - (2021) Biological Invasions

When colonizing new areas, alien plant species success can depend strongly on local environmental conditions. Microclimatic barriers might be the reason why some alien plant species thrive in urban areas, while others prefer rural environments. We tested the hypothesis that the climate in the native…

Diversification, disparification, and hybridization in the desert shrubs Encelia

Sonal Singhal, Adam B. Roddy, Christopher DiVittorio, Ary Sanchez‐Amaya, Claudia L. Henriquez, ... - (2021) New Phytologist

There are multiple hypotheses for the spectacular plant diversity found in deserts. We explore how different factors, including the roles of ecological opportunity and selection, promote diversification and disparification in Encelia, a lineage of woody plants in the deserts of the Americas. Using a…

Late Pliocene to early Pleistocene climate dynamics in western North America based on a new pollen record from paleo-Lake Idaho

Frederik J. Allstädt, Andreas Koutsodendris, Erwin Appel, Wolfgang Rösler, Tammo Reichgelt, ... - (2021) Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments

Marked by the expansion of ice sheets in the high latitudes, the intensification of Northern Hemisphere glaciation across the Plio/Pleistocene transition at ~ 2.7 Ma represents a critical interval of late Neogene climate evolution. To date, the characteristics of climate change in North America duri…

Geographic patterns of genomic diversity and structure in the C4 grass Panicum hallii across its natural distribution

Juan Diego Palacio-Mejía, Paul P Grabowski, Edgardo M Ortiz, Gustavo Adolfo Silva-Arias, Taslima Haque, ... - (2021) AoB PLANTS

Geographic patterns of within-species genomic diversity are shaped by evolutionary processes, life history, and historical and contemporary factors. New genomic approaches can be used to infer the influence of such factors on the current distribution of infra-specific lineages. In this study, we eva…

Genetic differentiation can be predicted from observational data for reproductive but not vegetative traits in a widespread short-lived plant

Jesus Villellas, Johan Ehrlén, Elizabeth Crone, Anna Csergő, Maria Garcia, ... - (2021) Authorea

Phenotypic plasticity can mask population genetic differentiation, reducing the predictability of trait-environment relationships. In short-lived plants, reproductive traits may be more genetically determined due to their direct impact on fitness, whereas vegetative traits may show higher plasticity…

Inter‐ and intraspecific selection in alien plants: How population growth, functional traits and climate responses change with residence time

Marco R. Brendel, Frank M. Schurr, Christine S. Sheppard, (2021) Global Ecology and Biogeography

Aim: When alien species are introduced to new ranges, climate or trait mismatches may initially constrain their population growth. However, inter‐ and intraspecific selection in the new environment should cause population growth rates to increase with residence time. Using a species‐for‐time approac…

Crop wild relatives of the United States require urgent conservation action

Colin K. Khoury, Daniel Carver, Stephanie L. Greene, Karen A. Williams, Harold A. Achicanoy, ... - (2020) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

The contributions of crop wild relatives (CWR) to food security depend on their conservation and accessibility for use. The United States contains a diverse native flora of CWR, including those of important cereal, fruit, nut, oil, pulse, root and tuber, and vegetable crops, which may be threatened …

Black locust ( Robinia pseudoacacia L.) range contraction and expansion in Europe under changing climate

Radosław Puchałka, Marcin K. Dyderski, Michaela Vítková, Jiří Sádlo, Marcin Klisz, ... - (2020) Global Change Biology

Robinia pseudoacacia is one of the most frequent non‐native species in Europe. It is a fast‐growing tree of high economic and cultural importance. On the other hand, it is an invasive species, causing changes in soil chemistry and light regime, and consequently altering the plant communities. Previo…

Global macroecology of nitrogen‐fixing plants

Riin Tamme, Meelis Pärtel, Urmas Kõljalg, Lauri Laanisto, Jaan Liira, ... - (2020) Global Ecology and Biogeography

Aim: Plants that host root‐symbiotic nitrogen‐fixing bacteria have an important role in driving terrestrial ecosystem processes, but N‐fixing ability is unequally distributed among plant taxa and ecosystems. Here we explore the large‐scale distribution of N‐fixing plant species worldwide. Location:…

The natural environment, plant diversity, and adult asthma: A retrospective observational study using the CDC's 500 Cities Project Data

Geoffrey H. Donovan, Shawn M. Landry, Demetrios Gatziolis, (2020) Health & Place

A wealth of evidence links microbial exposure to better human immune function. However, few studies have examined whether exposure to plant diversity is protective of immune diseases, despite the fact that plant leaves support ~1026 bacterial cells. Using the Centers for Disease Control and Preventi…

Temporal variability is key to modelling the climatic niche

Maria Angeles Perez‐Navarro, Olivier Broennimann, Miguel Angel Esteve, Juan Miguel Moya‐Perez, Maria Francisca Carreño, ... - (2020) Diversity and Distributions

Aim: Niche‐based species distribution models (SDMs) have become a ubiquitous tool in ecology and biogeography. These models relate species occurrences with the environmental conditions found at these sites. Climatic variables are the most commonly used environmental data and are usually included in …

Autopolyploidy‐driven range expansion of a temperate‐originated plant to pan‐tropic under global change

Jiliang Cheng, Jun Li, Zheng Zhang, Huan Lu, Guoqi Chen, ... - (2020) Ecological Monographs

Angiosperms are believed to have emerged initially in the tropics and expanded their distribution range polewards through diverse mechanisms, for example polyploidization‐driven cold‐tolerance evolution. Reversed expansion from temperate to pantropic climate through a polyploidization‐driven shift i…

Niche dynamics in amphitropical desert disjunct plants: Seeking for ecological and species‐specific influences

R. Emiliano Quiroga, Andrea C. Premoli, Roberto J. Fernández, (2020) Global Ecology and Biogeography

Aim: Numerous studies have assessed whether species niches are conserved in geographically separated regions. However, most of them were performed on invasive species, with the limitation that such species have likely not yet reached their potential distribution in the invaded region. Here we test t…

Globally Differentiated Effect Factors for Characterising Terrestrial Acidification in Life Cycle Impact Assessment

Annika L. Gade, Michael Z. Hauschild, Alexis Laurent, (2020) Science of The Total Environment

To assess terrestrial ecosystems damages from acidification, life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) can be applied using characterisation factors, which integrate the quantification of adverse effects via effect factors (EFs), linking decreasing soil pH to declines in species richness. With a species c…

Resprouting grasses are associated with less frequent fire than seeders

Kimberley J. Simpson, Emma C. Jardine, Sally Archibald, Elisabeth J. Forrestel, Caroline E.R. Lehmann, ... - (2020) New Phytologist

Plant populations persist under recurrent fire via resprouting from surviving tissues (resprouters) or seedling recruitment (seeders). Woody species are inherently slow maturing, meaning that seeders are confined to infrequent fire regimes. However, for grasses, which mature faster, the relationship…

Характеристика северной границы распространения Аmbrosia artemisiifolia L. в Канаде в связи с определением экологических лимитов распространения вида …

Alexandr N. Afonin, Olga G. Baranova, Yulia A. Fedorova, (2020) Вестник Томского государственного университета. Биология.

Проведен эколого-географический анализ встречаемости амброзии полыннолистной (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.) на северном пределе ее распространения в Канаде. В качестве ведущего фактора, лимитирующего распространение вида на север, выступает недостаточная теплообеспеченность периода созревания семян. С…

Complex agroforestry systems against biotic homogenization: The case of plants in the herbaceous stratum of cocoa production systems

Luis Marconi, Laura Armengot, (2020) Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment

In addition to their potential against deforestation and climate change, agroforestry systems may have a relevant role in biodiversity conservation. In this sense, not only species richness per se, but also community composition, including the distribution range of the species, should be considered.…

How long does it take to discover a species?

Zoë A. Goodwin, Pablo Muñoz-Rodríguez, David J. Harris, Tom Wells, John R. I. Wood, ... - (2020) Systematics and Biodiversity

The description of a new species is a key step in cataloguing the World’s flora. However, this is only a preliminary stage in a long process of understanding what that species represents. We investigated how long the species discovery process takes by focusing on three key stages: 1, the collection …