Climate change and the reproductive biology of higher plants
If there is to be an evolutionary response among plant populations to climate change, three necessary conditions must apply. First, climate, or some aspect of climate, must be capable of exerting a selective effect. Secondly, there must be variation in traits which affects the fitness of their possessors when this selective effect is applied. Thirdly, this variation must be heritable. These conditions will empower, but not guarantee, an evolutionary response.
KeywordsReproductive Biology Evolutionary Response Vernalisation Requirement Life History Variation Latitudinal Cline
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