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Ecological and evolutionary attributes of bryophytes of the boreal and arctic regions: New paradigms from interdisciplinary research

Frego, Katherine A. [1], Fenton, Nicole [2], Ross-Davis, Amy [3].

A new paradigm for bryophyte ecology: The critical roles of dispersal and the juvenile phase.

Studies of the factors governing bryophyte community assembly have tended to focus on ranges of ecological tolerance of the established gametophore at the microsite level, as well as interactions such as competition at the same scale. The roles of spore dispersal and establishment of the juvenile protonemal stages have rarely been considered, with two underlying assumptions: that airborne spores are randomly and uniformly available, and that the ecological tolerance of juveniles is similar to that of adult gametophores. We present evidence for a new paradigm, that the dispersal and juvenile establishment phases play a critical role in community assembly, and outline the studies required to test this and more refined hypotheses.

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1 - University of New Brunswick, Biology, 100 Tucker Park Circle, Saint John, NB, E2L4L5, Canada
2 - Universite du Quebec en Abitibi-Temiscamingue, Institut of Forest Research, 445 Boul de l'Universite, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, J9Y 1E8, Canada
3 - USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 1221 South Main Street, Moscow, ID, 83843, USA

Community Assembly
juvenile stage
spore dispersal

Presentation Type: Symposium Presentation
Session: SY03
Location: Salon 10/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2015
Time: 8:45 AM
Number: SY03003
Abstract ID:273
Candidate for Awards:None

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