Plants and Climate Change by Jelte Rozema, Rien Aerts, Hans Cornelissen

By Jelte Rozema, Rien Aerts, Hans Cornelissen

This e-book makes a speciality of how weather impacts or affected the biosphere and vice versa either within the current and long ago. The chapters describe how ecosystems from the Antarctic and Arctic, and from different latitudes, reply to international weather swap. The papers spotlight plant responses to atmospheric CO2 bring up, to worldwide warming and to elevated ultraviolet-B radiation due to stratospheric ozone depletion.

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Palustre at the expense of the abundance of S. recurvum coincided with a continual increase of the distance between Sphagnum surface and water table due to length growth of the plant shoots. In the mesocosms, the Sphagnum species did, however, respond to elevated CO2 during the first summer-autumn period by enhanced length growth at more favourable conditions than in the field including high water levels and lack of competing Polytrichum and vascular plants. The CO2 response was only shortterm, already fading during the second part of the first year, which may have been the result of downregulation of photosynthesis by non-structural carbohydrate accumulation or other limitations suggested by the significantly lower tissue N concentrations and higher C concentrations at elevated CO2 (Tuba et al.

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