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    DOG1-imposed dormancy mediates germination responses to temperature cues
    Murphey, M. ; Kovach, K. ; Elnacash, T. ; He, H. ; Bentsink, L. ; Donohue, K. - \ 2015
    Environmental and Experimental Botany 112 (2015). - ISSN 0098-8472 - p. 33 - 43.
    seed-maturation environment - quantitative trait locus - recent climate-change - arabidopsis-thaliana - life-history - ectopic expression - niche construction - natural-selection - dog1-like genes - dog1
    Seed dormancy and environment-dependent germination requirements interact to determine the timing of germination in natural environments. This study tested the contribution of the dormancy gene Delay Of Germination 1 (DOG1) to primary and secondary dormancy induction in response to environmental cues, and evaluated how DOG1-mediated dormancy influenced germination responses to different temperature cues. We verified that DOG1 is involved in the induction of primary dormancy in response to cool seed-maturation temperature experienced by maternal plants, and we found that it is also involved in secondary dormancy in response to warm and prolonged cold stratification experienced by seeds during imbibition. DOG1-imposed dormancy can also mediate germination responses to environmental conditions, including cold stratification and germination temperatures experienced by imbibing seeds. Specifically, germination responsiveness to temperature cues is most apparent when seeds exhibit an intermediate degree of dormancy. However, DOG1 itself does not seem to directly regulate the response to cold stratification nor does it determine the function of temperature-dependent germination, since DOG1 mutants were capable of exhibiting increased germination after cold stratification as well as temperature-dependent germination. Instead, DOG1 has major effects on germination behavior primarily by exposing or masking underlying environmental sensitivity, and thereby strongly influences how environmentally responsive germination can be, and when during a season, it is likely to exhibit environmental sensitivity.
    Microclimate moderates plant responses to macroclimate warming
    Frenne, P. De; Rodríguez-Sánchez, F. ; Coomes, D. ; Baeten, L. ; Verstraeten, G. ; Hommel, P.W.F.M. - \ 2013
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110 (2013)46. - ISSN 0027-8424 - p. 18561 - 18565.
    recent climate-change - forest - vegetation - communities - ecosystem - scale - debt
    Recent global warming is acting across marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems to favor species adapted to warmer conditions and/or reduce the abundance of cold-adapted organisms (i.e., “thermophilization” of communities). Lack of community responses to increased temperature, however, has also been reported for several taxa and regions, suggesting that “climatic lags” may be frequent. Here we show that microclimatic effects brought about by forest canopy closure can buffer biotic responses to macroclimate warming, thus explaining an apparent climatic lag. Using data from 1,409 vegetation plots in European and North American temperate forests, each surveyed at least twice over an interval of 12–67 y, we document significant thermophilization of ground-layer plant communities. These changes reflect concurrent declines in species adapted to cooler conditions and increases in species adapted to warmer conditions. However, thermophilization, particularly the increase of warm-adapted species, is attenuated in forests whose canopies have become denser, probably reflecting cooler growing-season ground temperatures via increased shading. As standing stocks of trees have increased in many temperate forests in recent decades, local microclimatic effects may commonly be moderating the impacts of macroclimate warming on forest understories. Conversely, increases in harvesting woody biomass—e.g., for bioenergy—may open forest canopies and accelerate thermophilization of temperate forest biodiversity.
    Comparison of satellite-derived land surface temperature and air temperature from meteorological stations on the Pan-Arctic scale
    Urban, M. ; Eberle, J. ; Hüttich, C. ; Schmullius, C. ; Herold, M. - \ 2013
    Remote Sensing 5 (2013)5. - ISSN 2072-4292 - p. 2348 - 2367.
    recent climate-change - modis products - orbital drift - data set - avhrr - emissivity - dynamics - models - lst - validation
    Satellite-based temperature measurements are an important indicator for global climate change studies over large areas. Records from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) and (Advanced) Along Track Scanning Radiometer ((A)ATSR) are providing long-term time series information. Assessing the quality of remote sensing-based temperature measurements provides feedback to the climate modeling community and other users by identifying agreements and discrepancies when compared to temperature records from meteorological stations. This paper presents a comparison of state-of-the-art remote sensing-based land surface temperature data with air temperature measurements from meteorological stations on a pan-arctic scale (north of 60° latitude). Within this study, we compared land surface temperature products from (A)ATSR, MODIS and AVHRR with an in situ air temperature (Tair) database provided by the National Climate Data Center (NCDC). Despite analyzing the whole acquisition time period of each land surface temperature product, we focused on the inter-annual variability comparing land surface temperature (LST) and air temperature for the overlapping time period of the remote sensing data (2000–2005). In addition, land cover information was included in the evaluation approach by using GLC2000. MODIS has been identified as having the highest agreement in comparison to air temperature records. The time series of (A)ATSR is highly variable, whereas inconsistencies in land surface temperature data from AVHRR have been found.
    Identification of land surface temperature and albedo trends in AVHRR Pathfinder data from 1982 to 2005 for northern Siberia
    Urban, M. ; Forkel, M. ; Schmullius, C. ; Hese, S. ; Hüttich, C. ; Herold, M. - \ 2013
    International Journal of Remote Sensing 34 (2013)12. - ISSN 0143-1161 - p. 4491 - 4507.
    recent climate-change - shrub expansion - orbital drift - vegetation - dynamics - impacts - growth - tundra
    The arctic regions are highly vulnerable to climate change. Climate models predict an increase in global mean temperatures for the upcoming century. The arctic environment is subject to significant changes of the land surface. Especially the changes of vegetation pattern and the phenological cycle in the taiga–tundra transition area are of high importance in climate change research. This study focuses on time series and trend analysis of land surface temperature, albedo, snow water equivalent, and normalized difference vegetation index information in the time period of 1982–2005 for northern Siberia. The findings show strong dependencies between these parameters and their inter-annual dynamics, which indicate changes in vegetation growing period. We found a strong negative correlation between land surface temperature and albedo conditions for the beginning (60–90%) of the growing season for selected hot spot trend regions in northern Siberia
    Shrub expansion in tundra ecosystems: dynamics, impacts and research priorities
    Myers-Smith, I.H. ; Forbes, B.C. ; Wilmking, M. ; Hallinger, M. ; Lantz, T. ; Blok, D. ; Sass, U.G.W. - \ 2011
    Environmental Research Letters 6 (2011)4. - ISSN 1748-9326 - 15 p.
    plant community responses - retrogressive thaw slumps - birch betula-glandulosa - recent climate-change - arctic tundra - cassiope-tetragona - alpine vegetation - dwarf shrub - experimental manipulation - environmental-change
    Part of Focus on Dynamics of Arctic and Sub-Arctic Vegetation Recent research using repeat photography, long-term ecological monitoring and dendrochronology has documented shrub expansion in arctic, high-latitude and alpine tundra ecosystems. Here, we (1) synthesize these findings, (2) present a conceptual framework that identifies mechanisms and constraints on shrub increase, (3) explore causes, feedbacks and implications of the increased shrub cover in tundra ecosystems, and (4) address potential lines of investigation for future research. Satellite observations from around the circumpolar Arctic, showing increased productivity, measured as changes in 'greenness', have coincided with a general rise in high-latitude air temperatures and have been partly attributed to increases in shrub cover. Studies indicate that warming temperatures, changes in snow cover, altered disturbance regimes as a result of permafrost thaw, tundra fires, and anthropogenic activities or changes in herbivory intensity are all contributing to observed changes in shrub abundance. A large-scale increase in shrub cover will change the structure of tundra ecosystems and alter energy fluxes, regional climate, soil–atmosphere exchange of water, carbon and nutrients, and ecological interactions between species. In order to project future rates of shrub expansion and understand the feedbacks to ecosystem and climate processes, future research should investigate the species or trait-specific responses of shrubs to climate change including: (1) the temperature sensitivity of shrub growth, (2) factors controlling the recruitment of new individuals, and (3) the relative influence of the positive and negative feedbacks involved in shrub expansion.
    Timing of the breeding season of Black-tailed Godwit Limosa Limosa and Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus in the Netherlands
    Musters, C.J.M. ; Snoo, G.R. de; Keurs, W.J. ter - \ 2010
    Ardea 98 (2010)2. - ISSN 0373-2266 - p. 195 - 202.
    recent climate-change - migration - birds - temperature - phenology
    Long-distance migratory bird species might face larger problems to adapt to local climate change in their breeding area than short-distance migrants. This study investigated the effect of climatic change on the timing of the breeding season of two wader species with contrasting migration strategies, the long-distance migratory Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa and the short-distance migrant Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus. We tested the hypothesis that a change in breeding schedule will be stronger in the Lapwing than in the Godwit. Our analyses are based on the ringing dates of around 35,000 Black-tailed Godwit chicks and 112,000 Lapwing chicks from 1960 to 2004 in The Netherlands. The results demonstrate that the Lapwing is breeding earlier than in the 1960s, independent of the species' direct response to warm early springs. In contrast, the Godwit does not exhibit earlier breeding dates other than a direct response to warmer springs. Our observations suggest that the Godwit is not able to advance breeding dates to cope with changes in its breeding habitat. This could mean the species is suffering lower breeding success than would have been the case if it had adapted, and this could be one of the reasons for the stronger decline in The Netherlands of the Godwit population than that of the Lapwing.
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