Climbing up to keep cool  – Climate change effects on mountain ecosystems

There are two things that make trekking in the Alps so good: the thick hot chocolate waiting for you in the refuge, and the variety of landscapes on offer. Along the mountain slope, different ecosystems are stratified one on top of the other, but recently all of them have been greatly affected by climate change, as the temperature in the Alps has increased faster than the glob...
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Deeper purple: how temperature affects pollen colour

There are plenty of studies on how petal colour varies, but new research looks at differences in the performance of pollen under varied environmental conditions based on its colour. In the study of the North American herb Campanula americana, published in New Phytologist, investigators found that differences in heat tolerance among pollen colour variants could contribute to geo...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 210:4, June 2016

How do seagrasses tolerate ‘living near the edge’? The tropical seagrass, Enhalus acoroides, pictured in the cover photo of New Phytologist 210:4 grows in a stressful environment, in which extreme tides, low oxygen concentrations and high temperatures are regular features. The associated article by Pedersen, et al. (2016) suggests that rising temperatures may force the seagrass...
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