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Igor Drobyshev, Sylvie Gewehr, Frank Berninger and Yves Bergeron Species specific growth responses of black spruce and trembling aspen may enhance resilience of boreal forest to climate change Journal of Ecology 101

Version of Record online: 29 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12007

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Species-specific responses to environmental variability imply that tree responses to future climate will likely be not synchronized among species, which may translate into changes in structure and composition of future forest communities. In particular, we speculate that outcome of climate change in respect to relative abundance of black spruce and trembling aspen at the regional levels will be highly dependent on the balance between increasing temperatures and precipitation. Further, species-specific responses of trees to annual climate variability may enhance the resilience of mixed forests by constraining variability in their annual biomass accumulation, as compared with pure stands, under periods with high frequency of climatically extreme conditions.

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