Population biology of alpine plants
Extreme climate conditions (i.e., a cold winter and a short summer with significant fluctuations in temperature between day and night) is the main stress factor in alpine habitats. Consequently, alpine plants must adapt their age population structure and growth strategy to the fluctuating severe environment. In general, the aim of alpine plants’ adaptations is to minimise the risk of a sudden local extinction under more or less continuously severe external conditions.
KeywordsSeed Bank Soil Seed Bank Alpine Plant Aboveground Vegetation Persistent Seed Bank
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