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Latitudinal variation in seeds characteristics of Acer platanoides and A. pseudoplatanus

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  • Caron, M. M.
  • De Frenne, P.
  • Brunet, J.
  • Chabrerie, O.
  • Cousins, S. A. O.
  • De Backer, L.
  • Diekmann, M.
  • Graae, B. J.
  • Heinken, T.
  • Kolb, A.
  • Naaf, T.
  • Plue, J.
  • Selvi, F.
  • Strimbeck, G. R.
  • Wulf, M.
  • Verheyen, K.
PLANT ECOLOGY Volume: 215 Issue: 8 Pages: 911-925 Published: 2014
1385-0237 eISSN: 1573-5052

Climate change will likely affect population dynamics of numerous plant species by modifying several aspects of the life cycle. Because plant regeneration from seeds may be particularly vulnerable, here we assess the possible effects of climate change on seed characteristics and present an integrated analysis of seven seed traits (nutrient concentrations, samara mass, seed mass, wing length, seed viability, germination percentage, and seedling biomass) of Acer platanoides and A. pseudoplatanus seeds collected along a wide latitudinal gradient from Italy to Norway. Seed traits were analyzed in relation to the environmental conditions experienced by the mother trees along the latitudinal gradient. We found that seed traits of A. platanoides were more influenced by the climatic conditions than those of A. pseudoplatanus. Additionally, seed viability, germination percentage, and seedling biomass of A. platanoides were strongly related to the seed mass and nutrient concentration. While A. platanoides seeds were more influenced by the environmental conditions (generally negatively affected by rising temperatures), compared to A. pseudoplatanus, A. platanoides still showed higher germination percentage and seedling biomass than A. pseudoplatanus. Thus, further research on subsequent life-history stages of both species is needed. The variation in seed quality observed along the climatic gradient highlights the importance of studying the possible impact of climate change on seed production and species demography.

Author Keyword(s)
  • Acer platanoides
  • Acer pseudoplatanus
  • Climate change
  • Seed traits
  • Latitudinal gradient
KeyWord(s) Plus
  • SIZE
  • MASS
ESI Discipline(s)
  • Environment/Ecology
  • Plant & Animal Science
Web of Science Category(ies)
  • Plant Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Forestry

[Caron, M. M.; De Frenne, P.; Verheyen, K.] Univ Ghent, Forest & Nat Lab, B-9090 Gontrode Melle, Belgium; [Brunet, J.] Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Southern Swedish Forest Res Ctr, Alnarp, Sweden; [Chabrerie, O.] Jules Verne Univ Picardie, FRE CNRS UPJV 3498, UR Ecol & Dynam Syst Anthropises, EDYSAN, F-80037 Amiens 1, France; [Cousins, S. A. O.; Plue, J.] Stockholm Univ, Dept Phys Geog & Quaternary Geol, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden; [De Backer, L.] Sylva Nurseries BVBA, Waarschoot, Belgium; [Diekmann, M.; Kolb, A.] Univ Bremen, Inst Ecol, FB2, D-28359 Bremen, Germany; [Graae, B. J.; Strimbeck, G. R.] Norwegian Univ Sci & Technol, Dept Biol, N-7034 Trondheim, Norway; [Heinken, T.; Wulf, M.] Univ Potsdam, Inst Biochem & Biol, Potsdam, Germany; [Naaf, T.; Wulf, M.] Leibniz Ctr Agr Landscape Res ZALF, Inst Land Use Syst, Muncheberg, Germany; [Selvi, F.] Univ Florence, Dept Agrifood Prod & Environm Sci, Sect Soil & Plant Sci, Florence, Italy

Reprint Adress

Caron, MM (reprint author), Univ Ghent, Forest & Nat Lab, Geraardsbergsesteenweg 267, B-9090 Gontrode Melle, Belgium.

  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Sweden
CNRS - Adress(es)
  • Ecologie et dynamique des systèmes anthropisés (EDYSAN), FRE3498
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