Walnut (Juglans spp.) ecophysiology in response to environmental stresses and potential acclimation to climate change
- Martin-Michel GauthierAffiliated withHardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue UniversityDirection de la recherche forestière, Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune du Québec
- , Douglass F. JacobsAffiliated withHardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University Email author
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Walnuts (Juglans spp.) are ecologically and commercially important trees, yet synthesis of past and current research findings on walnut ecophysiology is lacking, especially in terms of potential acclimation to climate change.
This study aims to (1) investigate walnut ecophysiology by comparing its attributes to associated deciduous angiosperms, (2) address potential acclimation of walnut to climate change, and (3) identify areas for prioritization in future research.
There is considerable uncertainty regarding the magnitude of potential effects of climate change on walnut. Some studies tend to indicate walnut could be negatively impacted by climate change, while others do not. Walnut may be at a disadvantage due to its susceptibility to drought and frost injury in current growing regions given the projected increases in temperature and extreme climatic events. Other regions that are currently considered cold for walnut growth may see increased establishment and growth depending upon the rate of temperature increase and the frequency and severity of extreme climatic events.
Research investigating a combination of environmental factors, such as temperature, carbon dioxide, ozone, water, and nitrogen is needed to (1) better project climate change effects on walnut and (2) develop management strategies for walnut acclimation and adaptation to climate change.
KeywordsClimate change Ecophysiology Environmental stress Juglans Walnut
- Walnut (Juglans spp.) ecophysiology in response to environmental stresses and potential acclimation to climate change
Annals of Forest Science
Volume 68, Issue 8 , pp 1277-1290
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- 1. Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, 715 W State St, West Lafayette, IN, 47907-2061, USA
- 2. Direction de la recherche forestière, Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune du Québec, 2700 rue Einstein, Québec, Québec, G1P 3W8, Canada