Macroclimate drives growth of hair lichens in boreal forest canopies

Nathan Phinney, Yngvar Gauslaa, Kristin Palmqvist & Per-Anders Esseen
1. Epiphytic lichens are important biodiversity components of forest canopies worldwide, significantly contributing to ecosystem function. The relative growth rate (RGR), a measure of fitness, drives population dynamics and shapes lichens’ large-scale distributions. In a climate change scenario, we need to know how external (macro- and microclimate, and nitrogen deposition), and internal factors (cortical pigments, chlorophyll and specimen size) affect RGR in these ecologically important canopy organisms. 2. We used dominant pendulous (hair) lichens widely...
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