Pre-adaptation to climate change through topography-driven evolution of traits and their plasticity

Hanne De Kort, Bart Panis, Steven Janssens, Kenny Helsen & Olivier Honnay
1. Climate change will increase the level of drought stress experienced by plant communities, but the spatial distribution of projected changes in dryness remains highly uncertain. Species can, to some extent, deal with climate uncertainty through natural variation in adaptive responses to environmental heterogeneity and predictability. Biodiversity conservation could thus target populations pre-adapted to climatic heterogeneity to anticipate climate uncertainty. Disentangling evolution of trait means vs. trait plasticity, however, requires a sampling design with genetic...
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