Phenotypic trait variation in a long-term multisite common garden experiment of Scots pine in Scotland

Beaton, Joan; Perry, Annika ORCID:; Cottrell, Joan; Iason, Glenn; Stockan, Jenni; Cavers, Stephen ORCID: 2022 Phenotypic trait variation in a long-term multisite common garden experiment of Scots pine in Scotland. Scientific Data, 9, 671. 9, pp.

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Multisite common garden experiments, exposing common pools of genetic diversity to a range of environments, allow quantification of plastic and genetic components of trait variation. For tree species, such studies must be long term as they typically only express mature traits after many years. As well as evaluating standing genetic diversity, these experiments provide an ongoing test of genetic variation against changing environmental conditions and form a vital resource for understanding how species respond to abiotic and biotic variation. Finally, quantitative assessments of phenotypic variation are essential to pair with rapidly accumulating genomic data to advance understanding of the genetic basis of trait variation, and its interaction with climatic change. We describe a multisite, population-progeny, common garden experiment of the economically and ecologically important tree species, Scots pine, collected from across its native range in Scotland and grown in three contrasting environments. Phenotypic traits, including height, stem diameter and budburst were measured over 14 growing seasons from nursery to field site. The datasets presented have a wide range of applications.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 2052-4463
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
Additional Keywords: biodiversity, ecological genetics, evolutionary ecology, forest ecology, molecular ecology
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 28 Dec 2022 23:51 +0 (UTC)

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