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Human disturbance and upward expansion of plants in a warming climate [Nature Climate Change]

Subject terms : climate-change ecology, invasive species

by Frédéric Magné - published on

Climate change is expected to trigger an upward expansion of plants in mountain regions and, although there is strong evidence that many native species have already shifted their distributions to higher elevations, little is known regarding how fast non-native species might respond to climate change. By analysing 131,394 occurrence records of 1,334 plant species collected over 20 years in the European Alps, we found that non-natives are spreading upwards approximately twice as fast as natives.(...)

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