Some like it hot: are desert plants indifferent to climate change?

Tielboerger, Katja and Salguero-Gomez, Roberto (2014). Some like it hot: are desert plants indifferent to climate change?. In Ulrich Luttge, Wolfram Beyschlag and John Cushman (Ed.), Progress in botany (pp. 377-400) Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-38797-5_12

Author Tielboerger, Katja
Salguero-Gomez, Roberto
Title of chapter Some like it hot: are desert plants indifferent to climate change?
Title of book Progress in botany
Place of Publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-38797-5_12
Series Progress in Botany
ISBN 9783642387975
ISSN 0340-4773
Editor Ulrich Luttge
Wolfram Beyschlag
John Cushman
Volume number 75
Chapter number 12
Start page 377
End page 400
Total pages 24
Total chapters 12
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Deserts rank at the forefront of vulnerability to global change because their biota is expected to encounter large climatic changes while apparently existing at biological limits. We review the available evidence for climate change effects on arid lands, and specifically on vegetation because as primary producers, plants are main providers of ecosystem services. We summarize field experiments and correlative evidence from spatial and temporal climatic gradients. Surprisingly, only few climate manipulation experiments have been conducted in semideserts, none in arid regions, and almost none in cold drylands. We argue that correlative approaches do not yield the necessary knowledge to understand and thus mitigate potential changes due to their oversight of long-term evolutionary processes. Nonetheless, the limited mechanistic evidence suggests a surprisingly high resilience of desert vegetation to changes in precipitation and CO2. We suggest this resilience is due to specific adaptations that have evolved in response to stressful and highly variable climatic conditions.
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