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Biomes as evolutionary arenas: Convergence and conservatism in the trans‐continental succulent biome


Ringelberg, Jens J; Zimmermann, Niklaus E; Weeks, Andrea; Lavin, Matt; Hughes, Colin E (2020). Biomes as evolutionary arenas: Convergence and conservatism in the trans‐continental succulent biome. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 29(7):1100-1113.

Abstract

Historically, biomes have been defined based on their structurally and functionally similar vegetation, but there is debate about whether these similarities are superficial, and about how biomes are defined and mapped. We propose that combined assessment of evolutionary convergence of plant functional traits and phylogenetic biome conservatism provides a useful approach for characterizing biomes. We focus on the little‐known succulent biome, a trans‐continentally distributed assemblage of succulent‐rich, drought‐deciduous, fire‐free forest, thicket and scrub vegetation as a useful exemplar biome to gain insights into these questions.

Abstract

Historically, biomes have been defined based on their structurally and functionally similar vegetation, but there is debate about whether these similarities are superficial, and about how biomes are defined and mapped. We propose that combined assessment of evolutionary convergence of plant functional traits and phylogenetic biome conservatism provides a useful approach for characterizing biomes. We focus on the little‐known succulent biome, a trans‐continentally distributed assemblage of succulent‐rich, drought‐deciduous, fire‐free forest, thicket and scrub vegetation as a useful exemplar biome to gain insights into these questions.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany
07 Faculty of Science > Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center
Dewey Decimal Classification:580 Plants (Botany)
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > Global and Planetary Change
Life Sciences > Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Physical Sciences > Ecology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ecology, Global and Planetary Change, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Language:English
Date:1 July 2020
Deposited On:11 Mar 2020 14:04
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 14:52
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1466-822X
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13089
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID31003A_156140
  • : Project TitleGlobal Legume Diversity Patterns: Macroevolutionary and Ecological Processes Shaping Biodiversity

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