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The thermal tolerance of photosynthetic tissues: a global systematic review and agenda for future research

The thermal tolerance of photosynthetic tissues: a global systematic review and agenda for future research

Geange, Sonya R., Arnold, Pieter A., Catling, Alexandra A., Coast, Onoriode ORCID: 0000-0002-5013-4715, Cook, Alicia M., Gowland, Kelli M., Leigh, Andrea, Notarnicola, Rocco F., Posch, Bradley C., Venn, Susanna E., Zhu, Lingling and Nicotra, Adrienne B. (2020) The thermal tolerance of photosynthetic tissues: a global systematic review and agenda for future research. New Phytologist. ISSN 0028-646X (Print), 1469-8137 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.17052)

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Abstract

Understanding plant thermal tolerance is fundamental to predicting impacts of extreme temperature events that are increasing in frequency and intensity across the globe. Extremes, not averages, drive species evolution, determine survival, and increased crop performance. To better prioritise agricultural and natural system research, it is crucial to evaluate how researchers are assessing the capacity of plants to tolerate extreme events. We conducted a systematic review to determine how plant thermal tolerance research is distributed across wild and domesticated plants, growth forms and biomes, and identify crucial knowledge gaps. Our review shows that most thermal tolerance research examines cold tolerance of cultivated species; ~5% of articles consider both heat and cold tolerance. Plants of extreme environments are understudied, and techniques widely applied in cultivated systems are largely unused in natural systems. Lastly, we find that lack of standardised methods and metrics compromises the potential for mechanistic insight. Our review provides an entry point for those new to the methods used in plant thermal tolerance research and bridges often disparate ecological and agricultural perspectives for the more experienced. We present a considered agenda of thermal tolerance research priorities to stimulate efficient, reliable, and repeatable research across the spectrum of plant thermal tolerance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: agriculture, climate change, extreme, temperature, thermal breadth, thermotolerance, warming
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2021 23:16
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/30017

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