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Variation in snow cover drives differences in frost resistance in seedlings of the alpine herb Aciphylla glacialis

Briceno, Veronica; Harris-Pascal, Daniel; Nicotra, Adrienne; Williams, Emlyn; Ball, Marilyn


Snow cover protects alpine plants from winter frost damage, keeping them under warmer and more stable temperatures than if there were no snow. Future climate scenarios predict less snow cover and earlier snow melt due to warming, causing paradoxically colder winters in a warmer climate. We compared intraspecific variation in cold tolerance between early snow melt (ESM) and late snow melt (LSM) populations of Aciphylla glacialis. Seedlings grown under common conditions were found to differ in...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Environmental and Experimental Botany
DOI: 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2014.02.011


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