The origins of C4 grasslands: integrating evolutionary and ecosystem science.

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Serval ID
serval:BIB_07C1ECFDF887
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Publication sub-type
Review (review): journal as complete as possible of one specific subject, written based on exhaustive analyses from published work.
Collection
Publications
Title
The origins of C4 grasslands: integrating evolutionary and ecosystem science.
Journal
Science
Author(s)
Edwards E.J., Osborne C.P., Strömberg C.A., Smith S.A., Bond W.J., Bond W.J., Christin P.A., Cousins A.B., Duvall M.R., Fox D.L., Freckleton R.P., Ghannoum O., Hartwell J., Huang Y., Janis C.M., Keeley J.E., Kellogg E.A., Knapp A.K., Leakey A.D., Nelson D.M., Saarela J.M., Sage R.F., Sala O.E., Salamin N., Still C.J., Tipple B.
Working group(s)
C4 Grasses Consortium
ISSN
1095-9203 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
0036-8075
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2010
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
328
Number
5978
Pages
587-591
Language
english
Abstract
The evolution of grasses using C4 photosynthesis and their sudden rise to ecological dominance 3 to 8 million years ago is among the most dramatic examples of biome assembly in the geological record. A growing body of work suggests that the patterns and drivers of C4 grassland expansion were considerably more complex than originally assumed. Previous research has benefited substantially from dialog between geologists and ecologists, but current research must now integrate fully with phylogenetics. A synthesis of grass evolutionary biology with grassland ecosystem science will further our knowledge of the evolution of traits that promote dominance in grassland systems and will provide a new context in which to evaluate the relative importance of C4 photosynthesis in transforming ecosystems across large regions of Earth.
Keywords
Biological Evolution, Carbon Dioxide/metabolism, Climate, Ecosystem, Fossils, Genetic Speciation, Geography, Photosynthesis, Phylogeny, Poaceae/classification, Poaceae/genetics, Temperature, Trees
Pubmed
Web of science
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06/05/2010 10:57
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03/03/2018 13:28
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