Local adaptations to frost in marginal and central populations of the dominant forest tree Fagus sylvatica L. as affected by temperature and extreme drought in common garden experiments (pages 594–605)
Juergen Kreyling, Constanze Buhk, Sabrina Backhaus, Martin Hallinger, Gerhard Huber, Lukas Huber, Anke Jentsch, Monika Konnert, Daniel Thiel, Martin Wilmking and Carl Beierkuhnlein
Version of Record online: 7 FEB 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.971
Seedlings of F. sylvatica showed evidence for local adaptations to winter and spring frosts which were stronger developed in three marginal than in four central populations referring to the range of the species. We confirmed that preceding summer drought can improve frost tolerance and found no difference in the sensitivity of populations in this drought effect. The response of bud frost tolerance in winter to continuous warming, however, differed between central and marginal populations, thereby raising the question how marginal populations will be able to adapt to ongoing climate change.