Les héritages évolutifs de la décomposition des plantes

In a paper published in January 2023 in Trends in Ecology & Evolution, G.Freshet from the SETE and international researchers confirmed the idea that much of the current global variation in the decomposition of plant matter is a legacy of coevolution

"Coevolution has driven speciation and evolutionary novelty in functional traits across the Tree of Life. Classic coevolutionary syndromes such as plant–pollinator, plant–herbivore, and host–parasite have focused strongly on the fitness consequences during the lifetime of the interacting partners. Less is known about the consequences of coevolved traits for ecosystem-level processes, in particular their 'afterlife' legacies for litter decomposition, nutrient cycling, and the functional ecology of decomposers. We review the mechanisms by which traits resulting from coevolution between plants and their consumers, microbial symbionts, or humans, and between microbial decomposers and invertebrates, drive plant litter decomposition pathways and rates. This supports the idea that much of current global variation in the decomposition of plant material is a legacy of coevolution."

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J. Hans C. Cornelissen, William K. Cornwell, Grégoire T. Freschet , James T. Weedon Matty P. Berg, Amy E. Zanne
Trends in Ecology & Evolution REVIEW| VOLUME 38, ISSUE 1, JANUARY 2023 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2022.07.008
Coevolutionary legacies for plant decomposition

Date de modification : 23 janvier 2024 | Date de création : 22 janvier 2024 | Rédaction : Tulip Communication