In Eastern US, adult trees adapt and acclimate to local climate
Friday, September 28, 2018
Posted by: Dana Walker
Trees growing in temperate forests in the eastern US show strong adaptation or acclimation to
local climate. So reports a new study that analyzed more than 23,000 tree cores to investigate how adult trees respond to changes in climatic conditions. Results were published this week in the journal Ecosphere.
Charles Canham, a forest ecologist at Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, led the research team, which included several collaborators from the USDA Forest Service. He explains, "By looking at data in tree rings, we were able to reveal how individual trees responded to variations in climate during a roughly 40 year period. There is evidence of pervasive local adaptation."