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Key innovation or adaptive change? A test of leaf traits using Triodiinae in Australia

Toon, A.; Crisp, Michael; Gamage, H.; Mant, J; Morris, David; Schmidt, S.; Cook, Lynette Gai


The evolution of novel traits ("key innovations") allows some lineages to move into new environments or adapt to changing climates, whereas other lineages may track suitable habitat or go extinct. We test whether, and how, trait shifts are linked to environmental change using Triodiinae, C<inf>4</inf> grasses that form the dominant understory over about 30% of Australia. Using phylogenetic and relaxed molecular clock estimates, we assess the Australian biogeographic origins of Triodiinae and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Scientific Reports
DOI: 10.1038/srep12398
Access Rights: Open Access


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