Increased sensitivity to climate change in disturbed ecosystems

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“Undisturbed ecosystems can be resistant to changing climatic conditions, but this resistance is reduced when ecosystems are subject to natural or anthropogenic disturbances. Plants are particularly sensitive to climatic changes in early life stages and even small climatic changes can cause vegetation shifts when ecosystems are disturbed by fires, insect outbreaks or other disturbances.  This is the conclusion from one of the world’s longest running climate change experiments conducted by the European network INCREASE, involving scientist from several European countries and headed by professor Inger Kappel Schmidt at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Geoscience and Natural Resources Management. The results have been published in an article in the international scientific journal “Nature Communications. … “

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