Towards a New Generation of Trait-Flexible Vegetation Models

Fabio Berzaghi*, Ian J. Wright, Koen Kramer, Sylvie Oddou-Muratorio, Friedrich J. Bohn, Christopher P.O. Reyer, Santiago Sabaté, Tanja G.M. Sanders, Florian Hartig

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Abstract

Plant trait variability, emerging from eco-evolutionary dynamics that range from alleles to macroecological scales, is one of the most elusive, but possibly most consequential, aspects of biodiversity. Plasticity, epigenetics, and genetic diversity are major determinants of how plants will respond to climate change, yet these processes are rarely represented in current vegetation models. Here, we provide an overview of the challenges associated with understanding the causes and consequences of plant trait variability, and review current developments to include plasticity and evolutionary mechanisms in vegetation models. We also present a roadmap of research priorities to develop a next generation of vegetation models with flexible traits. Including trait variability in vegetation models is necessary to better represent biosphere responses to global change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-205
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Volume35
Issue number3
Early online date24 Dec 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Dec 2019

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vegetation
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climate change
biodiversity
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genetic variation
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Keywords

  • eco-evolution
  • intraspecific variation
  • plant genetics
  • plant traits
  • vegetation modeling

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Berzaghi, F., Wright, I. J., Kramer, K., Oddou-Muratorio, S., Bohn, F. J., Reyer, C. P. O., ... Hartig, F. (2020). Towards a New Generation of Trait-Flexible Vegetation Models. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 35(3), 191-205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2019.11.006
Berzaghi, Fabio ; Wright, Ian J. ; Kramer, Koen ; Oddou-Muratorio, Sylvie ; Bohn, Friedrich J. ; Reyer, Christopher P.O. ; Sabaté, Santiago ; Sanders, Tanja G.M. ; Hartig, Florian. / Towards a New Generation of Trait-Flexible Vegetation Models. In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 2020 ; Vol. 35, No. 3. pp. 191-205.
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Towards a New Generation of Trait-Flexible Vegetation Models. / Berzaghi, Fabio; Wright, Ian J.; Kramer, Koen; Oddou-Muratorio, Sylvie; Bohn, Friedrich J.; Reyer, Christopher P.O.; Sabaté, Santiago; Sanders, Tanja G.M.; Hartig, Florian.

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Berzaghi F, Wright IJ, Kramer K, Oddou-Muratorio S, Bohn FJ, Reyer CPO et al. Towards a New Generation of Trait-Flexible Vegetation Models. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 2020 Mar;35(3):191-205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2019.11.006