Epigenetic regulation of adaptive responses of forest tree species to the environment (pages 399–415)
Katharina Bräutigam, Kelly J. Vining, Clément Lafon-Placette, Carl G. Fossdal, Marie Mirouze, José Gutiérrez Marcos, Silvia Fluch, Mario Fernández Fraga, M. Ángeles Guevara, Dolores Abarca, Øystein Johnsen, Stéphane Maury, Steven H. Strauss, Malcolm M. Campbell, Antje Rohde, Carmen Díaz-Sala and María-Teresa Cervera
Version of Record online: 17 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.461
This paper reviews the role of epigenetics in development and adaptability of forest trees. Forests trees are long-lived, sessile organisms that must continously adjust their responses to prevailling conditions to cope with a changing environment. Epigenetic variation is likely to be a key factor conttibuting to phenotypic plasticity, by modulating tress capacity to adjust to variable environments. This capability is clearly relevant to coping with climate change.