What is it about?
Mediterranean trees and shrubs adjust physiological processes to ensure their functioning under shifting dry conditions. However, little is known about spatial and between-species differences in cambial dynamics and how their temporal variability determines climatic adaptability. We used the Vaganov‒Shashkin process-based model to simulate five decades of daily cambial dynamics of coexisting junipers (shrubs/short-stature trees) and pines (tall trees) at two climatically contrasting continental sites in northeastern Spain. We
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Why is it important?
Our results suggest that growth adaptability on intra-annual scale determines the performance of woody plants under ongoing climate change in drought-prone regions. High responsiveness of cambial activity corroborates other physiological adaptations which jointly determine the climate-change resistance of junipers and pines.
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This page is a summary of: Intra-annual growth dynamics of Mediterranean pines and junipers determines their climatic adaptability, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, December 2021, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2021.108685.
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