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Global beta-diversity of angiosperm trees is shaped by Quaternary climate change

Wu-Bing Xu
Josep Serra-Diaz
Wolf Eiserhardt
Brian Enquist
Madhur Anand
Chaeho Byun
Jane Catford
Eduardo Chacón-Madrigal
J. Hans C. Cornelissen
Anh Tuan Dang-Le
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Arildo Dias
Wesley Hattingh
Tianhua He
Peter Hietz
Nate Hough-Snee
Nathan J. B. Kraft
Christopher Lusk
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Adam Martin
Ke-Ping Ma
Maurizio Mencuccini
Sean Michaletz
Vanessa Minden
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Akira Mori
Ülo Niinemets
Yusuke Onoda
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Renske Onstein
Josep Peñuelas
Valério Pillar
Jan Pisek
Matthew Pound
Bjorn J. M. Robroek
Brandon Schamp
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Martijn Slot
Miao Sun
Ênio Sosinski
Nadejda Soudzilovskaia
Nelson Thiffault
Peter van Bodegom
Fons van der Plas
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Jingming Zheng
Jens-Christian Svenning
Alejandro Ordonez


As Earth’s climate has varied strongly through geological time, studying the impacts of past climate change on biodiversity helps to understand the risks from future climate change. However, it remains unclear how paleoclimate shapes spatial variation in biodiversity. Here, we assessed the influence of Quaternary climate change on spatial dissimilarity in taxonomic, phylogenetic, and functional composition among neighboring 200-kilometer cells (beta-diversity) for angiosperm trees worldwide. We found that larger glacial-interglacial temperature change was strongly associated with lower spatial turnover (species replacements) and higher nestedness (richness changes) components of beta-diversity across all three biodiversity facets. Moreover, phylogenetic and functional turnover was lower and nestedness higher than random expectations based on taxonomic beta-diversity in regions that experienced large temperature change, reflecting phylogenetically and functionally selective processes in species replacement, extinction, and colonization during glacial-interglacial oscillations. Our results suggest that future human-driven climate change could cause local homogenization and reduction in taxonomic, phylogenetic, and functional diversity of angiosperm trees worldwide.

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hal-04603888 , version 1 (06-06-2024)



Wu-Bing Xu, Wen-Yong Guo, Josep Serra-Diaz, Franziska Schrodt, Wolf Eiserhardt, et al.. Global beta-diversity of angiosperm trees is shaped by Quaternary climate change. Science Advances , 2023, 9 (14), ⟨10.1126/sciadv.add8553⟩. ⟨hal-04603888⟩
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