Bogdziewicz, M, Kelly, D, Thomas, PA, Lageard, JGA and Hacket-Pain, A (2020) Climate warming disrupts mast seeding and its fitness benefits in European beech. Nature Plants, 6 (2). 88 - 94.

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Many plants benefit from synchronous year-to-year variation in seed production, called masting. Masting benefits plants because it increases the efficiency of pollination and satiates predators, which reduces seed loss. Here, using a 39-year-long dataset, we show that climate warming over recent decades has increased seed production of European beech but decreased the year-to-year variability of seed production and the reproductive synchrony among individuals. Consequently, the benefit that the plants gained from masting has declined. While climate warming was associated with increased reproductive effort, we demonstrate that less effective pollination and greater losses of seeds to predators offset any benefits to the plants. This shows that an apparently simple benefit of climate warming unravels because of complex ecological interactions. Our results indicate that in masting systems, the main beneficiaries of climate-driven increases in seed production are seed predators, not plants.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final accepted version and relevant information can be found at;
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate, European beech, mass seeding, climate warming.
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Life Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2020 15:39
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2020 01:30

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