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Drought-induced civil conflict among the ancient Maya (Nature Comms)

The observation that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” (attributed to philosopher George Santayana) is quite relevant for our efforts to comprehend the impacts of climate change. As we observe temperature and rainfall records being broken with increasing frequency,…

The chloroplast protein biogenesis network at the ribosome during heat acclimation

By Raphael Tröscha, Fabian Riesb, Lisa Désirée Westrichb, Felix Willmundb, a Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Am Mühlenberg 1, 14476 Potsdam-Golm, Germany; b Molecular Genetics of Eukaryotes, University of Kaiserslautern, Paul-Ehrlich-Str. 23, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany Trösch,…

High temperature and heredity

Joke De Jaeger-Braet & Arp Schnittger, Institute of Plant Science and Microbiology, Department of Developmental Biology, University of Hamburg, Germany De Jaeger-Braet and colleagues explore the effects of high temperatures on meiotic recombination in Arabidopsis. Background: One of the hidden,…

Plantae Presents Panel: Evo-devo as a discovery tool

Plantae Presents - Evo-devo. What can we learn from comparative studies? Recorded Wednesday, October 28 - 10 am EDT We're pleased to announce the second in our series of webinars that are drawn from contributed short videos, followed by a panel discussion. This week we'll look at the topic of…

Stem diameter fluctuations provide a new window into plant water status and function

Author: Robert Skelton rskelton@saeon.ac.za Affiliation: South African Environmental Observation Network, Private Bag X7, Claremont, 7735, South Africa Knowledge of the spatio-temporal dynamics of water storage in plant stems is fundamental to understanding plant physiological function under…

Alpine plant growth and reproduction dynamics in a warmer world (New Phytol.)

Climate warming affects plant performance in warm and dry regions. In cold regions, warming stimulates growth and reproduction, but its effects can vary depending on location and species. Whether herbaceous plants can adapt to increasing temperatures is unclear and a matter of concern. In this study…

Plant dispersal strategies of high tropical alpine communities across the Andes (J. Ecol.)

Since dispersal is crucial for the assembly of plant communities, a better understanding of its relation to climate is needed to predict plant communities' responses to changes in the environment. However, this kind of association is still missing in tropical alpine ecosystems –one of the most vulnerable…

Community diversity outweighs effect of warming on plant colonization ($) (Global Change Biol.)

Several studies have addressed growing concerns regarding increases in exotic plant colonization of communities in response to a warming climate. However, both abiotic (e.g., warming climate) and biotic (e.g., changes in community diversity) shifts can be simultaneous results of warming and both can…

Review: Characteristics, drivers and feedbacks of global greening (Nat. Rev. Earth Environ.)

Whenever we talk about global trends there are of course local variations. Here, Piao et al. discuss recent trends of global greening, which is occurring at arctic as well as temperate and tropical regions. Overall, this greening is attributed to increasing atmospheric CO2, which promotes plant growth,…