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Opposing effects of plant traits on diversification

B. Anderson
  • Function : Correspondent author
C. Burgarella
  • Function : Author
M. Dufay
D. Roze


Species diversity can vary dramatically across lineages due to differences in speciation and extinction rates. Here, we explore the effects of several plant traits on diversification, finding that most traits have opposing effects on diversification. For example, outcrossing may increase the efficacy of selection and adaptation but also decrease mate availability, two processes with contrasting effects on lineage persistence. Such opposing trait effects can manifest as differences in diversification rates that depend on ecological context, spatiotemporal scale, and associations with other traits. The complexity of pathways linking traits to diversification suggests that the mechanistic underpinnings behind their correlations may be difficult to interpret with any certainty, and context dependence means that the effects of specific traits on diversification are likely to differ across multiple lineages and timescales. This calls for taxonomically and context-controlled approaches to studies that correlate traits and diversification. © 2023
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hal-04064257 , version 1 (19-04-2023)


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B. Anderson, J. Pannell, S. Billiard, C. Burgarella, H. de Boer, et al.. Opposing effects of plant traits on diversification. Iscience, 2023, 26 (4), pp.106362. ⟨10.1016/j.isci.2023.106362⟩. ⟨hal-04064257⟩
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