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DOI 10.1111/ele.13858
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Title (Primary) Phenotypic plasticity masks range-wide genetic differentiation for vegetative but not reproductive traits in a short-lived plant
Author Villellas, J.; Ehrlén, J.; Crone, E.E.; Csergő, A.M.; Garcia, M.B.; Laine, A.-L.; Roach, D.A.; Salguero-Gómez, R.; Wardle, G.M.; Childs, D.Z.; Elderd, B.D.; Finn, A.; Munné-Bosch, S.; Bachelot, B.; Bódis, J.; Bucharova, A.; Caruso, C.M.; Catford, J.A.; Coghill, M.; Compagnoni, A.; Duncan, R.P.; Dwyer, J.M.; Ferguson, A.; Fraser, L.H.; Griffoul, E.; Groenteman, R.; Hamre, L.N.; Helm, A.; Kelly, R.; Laanisto, L.; Lonati, M.; Münzbergová, Z.; Nuche, P.; Olsen, S.L.; Oprea, A.; Pärtel, M.; Petry, W.K.; Ramula, S.; Rasmussen, P.U.; Ravetto Enri, S.; Roeder, A.; Roscher, C.; Schultz, C.; Skarpaas, O.; Smith, A.L.; Tack, A.J.M.; Töpper, J.P.; Vesk, P.A.; Vose, G.E.; Wandrag, E.; Wingler, A.; Buckley, Y.M.
Source Titel Ecology Letters
Year 2021
Department BZF; iDiv; PHYDIV
Volume 24
Issue 11
Page From 2378
Page To 2393
Language englisch
Topic T5 Future Landscapes
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Keywords biomass, common garden experiment, countergradient variation, fecundity, genotype by environment interaction, intraspecific trait variation, observational datasets, root:shoot ratio, specific leaf area, widespread species
Abstract Genetic differentiation and phenotypic plasticity jointly shape intraspecific trait variation, but their roles differ among traits. In short-lived plants, reproductive traits may be more genetically determined due to their impact on fitness, whereas vegetative traits may show higher plasticity to buffer short-term perturbations. Combining a multi-treatment greenhouse experiment with observational field data throughout the range of a widespread short-lived herb, Plantago lanceolata, we (1) disentangled genetic and plastic responses of functional traits to a set of environmental drivers and (2) assessed how genetic differentiation and plasticity shape observational trait–environment relationships. Reproductive traits showed distinct genetic differentiation that largely determined observational patterns, but only when correcting traits for differences in biomass. Vegetative traits showed higher plasticity and opposite genetic and plastic responses, masking the genetic component underlying field-observed trait variation. Our study suggests that genetic differentiation may be inferred from observational data only for the traits most closely related to fitness
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Villellas, J., Ehrlén, J., Crone, E.E., Csergő, A.M., Garcia, M.B., Laine, A.-L., Roach, D.A., Salguero-Gómez, R., Wardle, G.M., Childs, D.Z., Elderd, B.D., Finn, A., Munné-Bosch, S., Bachelot, B., Bódis, J., Bucharova, A., Caruso, C.M., Catford, J.A., Coghill, M., Compagnoni, A., Duncan, R.P., Dwyer, J.M., Ferguson, A., Fraser, L.H., Griffoul, E., Groenteman, R., Hamre, L.N., Helm, A., Kelly, R., Laanisto, L., Lonati, M., Münzbergová, Z., Nuche, P., Olsen, S.L., Oprea, A., Pärtel, M., Petry, W.K., Ramula, S., Rasmussen, P.U., Ravetto Enri, S., Roeder, A., Roscher, C., Schultz, C., Skarpaas, O., Smith, A.L., Tack, A.J.M., Töpper, J.P., Vesk, P.A., Vose, G.E., Wandrag, E., Wingler, A., Buckley, Y.M. (2021):
Phenotypic plasticity masks range-wide genetic differentiation for vegetative but not reproductive traits in a short-lived plant
Ecol. Lett. 24 (11), 2378 - 2393 10.1111/ele.13858