Despite growing evidence that species and ecosystems are responding to broad climatic trends globally, relatively little is known about the role that extreme climatic or weather events (ECEs) play in driving population and ecosystem change. The objective of this chapter is to provide an overview of the nature of ECEs and their impacts on the demography of wild plant populations in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. We do this by drawing out some of the main lessons that have been learned from the past and contemporary study of ECEs, focusing primarily on case studies involving Australian vegetation, and then use these to identify potential phytosociological and evolutionary roles of extreme events within the context of anthropogenic climate change. We then discuss the contribution that genomics can make to our understanding of the demographic and evolutionary impact of historical ECEs on plant populations, and propose four key questions that are likely to shape future research in this field.
|Title of host publication||Plant Genomics and Climate Change|
|Editors||David Edwards, Jacqueline Batley|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Number of pages||33|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2016|