Reference : Climatic differentiation of the invasive alien plant Senecio inaequidens (Asteraceae)...
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Life sciences : Genetics & genetic processes
Life sciences : Environmental sciences & ecology
Climatic differentiation of the invasive alien plant Senecio inaequidens (Asteraceae) during invasion
Monty, Arnaud mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > > Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech >]
Mahy, Grégory mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > > Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech >]
Biodiversity and Climate Change
21-22 mai 2007
Belgian Biodiversity Platform
[en] Biological invasions ; study model ; Climate variation ; Evolution ; Evolutionary ecology
[en] Despite the problems they cause, biological invasions represent a great
opportunity to study large-scale plant evolution, e.g. in response to changing climate.
Senecio inaequidens DC. is an herbaceous perennial originating from South Africa. It
was introduced as a wool alien in a few precise locations about one century ago and
after a lag phase of several decades, started to spread rapidly throughout Europe and
its contrasted climate. Our study uses common garden experiments to assess the
differentiation of the species along both altitudinal and climatic gradients. Life history
traits are measured and linked to climatic conditions of source populations. Results
show that the species evolved along a climatic gradient from the Mediterranean to the
high Pyrenean. This along-invasion differentiation can be linked to mean temperature
evolution along the gradient and shows how an introduced species can potentially
develop adaptations to new encountered thermic conditions in a length of time of
several decades. How understanding the adaptive response of a plant to new climatic
conditions will help anticipating the potential response of the flora to climate change
is discussed.
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - F.R.S.-FNRS
FRFC 2.4605.06
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students ; General public

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