Climate change has been hypothesized to affect biological organisms, populations and ecosystems. While some animals may be able to migrate along with the moving species ranges, plants are doomed to spend their lifetime at one place, and migration is only possible during the stage of seed dispersal. Therefore, lots of attention over the pasts years has been focused on the ability of plants, particularly long-lived forest trees, to adapt to climate change at their home range. The review paper just published in Ecology Letters provides insights into this process, and evaluates the possibilities, threats and gaps in knowledge in this respect.
Kremer A, Ronce O, Robledo-Arnuncio JJ, Guillaume F, Bohrer G, Nathan R, Bridle JR, Gomulkiewicz R, Klein EK, Ritland K, Kuparinen A, Gerber S, Schueler S. Long distance gene flow and adaption of forest trees to rapid climate change. Ecology Letters (in press)