Phenotypic plasticity and plant water use in a changing climate: a multi-species, multi-site investigation

  • Nicotra, Adrienne (PI)
  • Richards, Christina (CoI)
  • Valladares, Fernando (CoI)
  • van Kleunen, Mark (CoI)

    Project: Research

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    Description

    Although environmentally induced variation in phenotype, or phenotypic plasticity, is ubiquitous, fundamental questions remain poorly understood. E.g.: When is plasticity adaptive? What traits show such plasticity? Does plasticity contribute to diversification? And critically: How will plasticity affect plant response in a changing climate? Research in my lab explores plant phenotypic plasticity from perspectives ranging from evolutionary theory to applications in industry. Here we assess patterns of selection on and 'adaptive plasticity ' in water use traits using a multi-site, multi-species design. The work will identify the adaptive value and importance of phenotypic plasticity in water use traits in a changing climate.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/01/1231/12/15

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$270,000.00

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