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Industry News: Shoots and roots respond differently to climate change

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New study hopes to advance climate change ecology by highlighting the importance of plant root phenology

A new synthesis conducted by a group of international scientists including Madhav P. Thakur from the University of Bern reveals mismatches between above- and belowground plant phenology due to climate change. These findings are important to understand the consequences of climate change on terrestrial biodiversity.

Most organisms follow a timetable such as when to reproduce and when to migrate. The timing of such key periodic life events is known as phenology and is crucial for organisms’ survival and their contributions to ecosystem functions. One of the most reported responses of organisms to contemporary climate change is shifts in their phenology. Ecologists have already shown that the phenology of many plants is advancing due to climate change, for instance, many plants are flowering earlier during the growing season. But little was known how plant phenological changes aboveground match with plant phenological changes belowground due to climate change.

A recent study conducted by a group of international scientists including Prof. Madhav P. Thakur from the Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the University of Bern shows that there is a big mismatch between how a plant […]

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