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Climate impacts induce east-west divide in forest seed generation

Younger, smaller trees that comprise much of North America’s eastern forests have increased their seed production under climate change. But older, larger trees that dominate western forests have been less responsive, a Duke-led study warns. This continental divide could limit western forests’ ability to regenerate following large-scale diebacks linked to rising temperatures and intensifying droughts.…

Younger, smaller trees which comprise much of North America’s eastern forests have improved their seed production under climate change. However older, bigger trees which dominate western forests have been less responsive, a Duke-led research warns. This continental divide could limit western forests’ ability to regenerate following large-scale diebacks linked to increasing temperatures and intensifying droughts. Over time this might dramatically alter the structure and composition of 21st century North American woods.
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