Seeds of Change

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Nov 27, 2015
Author: 
Lisa Palmer

   
Global warming is causing some plants to flower early, while others can now survive the winter. Scientists have found that climate change may even threaten the dissemination of plants. Noelle Beckman, post-doctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, says healthy seed dispersal is crucial for the survival of plant species.

BECKMAN: “It’s a key process for the spread of populations and the movement of genes so it affects the species’ capacity for adaptation, and it also affects patterns of biodiversity across local, regional and global scales.”

. . . but rising temperatures and changing weather patterns associated with global warming are likely to disrupt this process.

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