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See detailLinking concepts in the ecology and evolution of invasive plants: network analysis shows what has been most studied and identifies knowledge gaps
Vanderhoeven, Sonia ULg; Brown, Cynthia; Tepolt, Carolyn et al

in Evolutionary Applications (2010), 3(2), 193-202

In recent decades, a growing number of studies have addressed connections between ecological and evolutionary concepts in biologic invasions. These connections may be crucial for understanding the ... [more ▼]

In recent decades, a growing number of studies have addressed connections between ecological and evolutionary concepts in biologic invasions. These connections may be crucial for understanding the processes underlying invaders' success. However, the extent to which scientists have worked on the integration of the ecology and evolution of invasive plants is poorly documented, as few attempts have been made to evaluate these efforts in invasion biology research. Such analysis can facilitate recognize well-documented relationships and identify gaps in our knowledge. In this study, we used a network-based method for visualizing the connections between major aspects of ecology and evolution in the primary research literature. Using the family Poaceae as an example, we show that ecological concepts were more studied and better interconnected than were evolutionary concepts. Several possible connections were not documented at all, representing knowledge gaps between ecology and evolution of invaders. Among knowledge gaps, the concepts of plasticity, gene flow, epigenetics and human influence were particularly under-connected. We discuss five possible research avenues to better understand the relationships between ecology and evolution in the success of Poaceae, and of alien plants in general. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution de l'espèce invasive Senecio inaequidens en réponse aux variations de climat
Monty, Arnaud ULg

Scientific conference (2010, January 21)

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See detailPhenotypic traits variation among native diploid, native tetraploid and invasive tetraploid Senecio inaequidens DC. (Asteraceae)
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Maurice, Sandrine; Mahy, Grégory ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2010), 14(4), 627-632

Senecio inaequidens DC. is a rapidly spreading plant invader in Europe. In its native range, it occurs at two co-existing diploid and tetraploid cytotypes. To date, only tetraploids are reported in Europe ... [more ▼]

Senecio inaequidens DC. is a rapidly spreading plant invader in Europe. In its native range, it occurs at two co-existing diploid and tetraploid cytotypes. To date, only tetraploids are reported in Europe, even though invasive diploids were recorded in other parts of the world. We compared native diploid and both native and invasive tetraploid populations in common gardens in Europe for a suite of life history traits. Diploids were able to develop, showed high biomass production and produced more flower heads than tetraploids. In contrast, winter survival was null for diploids. It was low for native tetraploids, but reached 40% in invasive tetraploids. Results suggested that diploid cytotype tends to an annual life form when grown in Western Europe, with earlier and more abundant flowering. In contrast, the tetraploid cytotype was mainly perennial which may enhance its invasiveness. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution of dispersal traits along an invasion route in the wind-dispersed Senecio inaequidens (Asteraceae)
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

in Oikos (2010), 119

In introduced organisms, dispersal propensity is expected to increase during range expansion. This prediction is based on the assumption that phenotypic plasticity is low compared to genetic diversity ... [more ▼]

In introduced organisms, dispersal propensity is expected to increase during range expansion. This prediction is based on the assumption that phenotypic plasticity is low compared to genetic diversity, and an increase in dispersal can be counteracted by the Allee effect. Empirical evidence in support of these hypotheses is however lacking. The present study tested for evidence of differentiation in dispersal-related traits and the Allee effect in the wind-dispersed invasive Senecio inaequidens (Asteraceae). We collected capitula from individuals in ten field populations, along an invasion route including the original introduction site in southern France. In addition, we conducted a common garden experiment from field-collected seeds and obtained capitula from individuals representing the same ten field populations. We analysed phenotypic variation in dispersal traits between field and common garden environments as a function of the distance between populations and the introduction site. Our results revealed low levels of phenotypic differentiation among populations. However, significant clinal variation in dispersal traits was demonstrated in common garden plants representing the invasion route. In field populations, similar trends in dispersal-related traits and evidence of an Allee effect were not detected. In part, our results supported expectations of increased dispersal capacity with range expansion, and emphasized the contribution of phenotypic plasticity under natural conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailHistorical landscape structure affects plant species richness in wet heathlands with complex landscape dynamics
Cristofoli, Sara; Monty, Arnaud ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

in Landscape & Urban Planning (2010), 98

The spatio-temporal dynamics of wet heathlands from two landscapes in high Ardenne (Belgium), as well as the consequences of such dynamics on plant communities were investigated. Past and present ... [more ▼]

The spatio-temporal dynamics of wet heathlands from two landscapes in high Ardenne (Belgium), as well as the consequences of such dynamics on plant communities were investigated. Past and present destruction and origin of habitat patches have resulted in a complex network of different aged habitat patches. Current specialist and generalist species richness were assessed in 59 patches and analyzed with respect to present and past patch spatial metrics (controlled for habitat quality). Current patch area affected specialist species richness and current patch connectivity influenced both specialist and generalist species richness. Thirteen of the 59 patches were historical patches, i.e. patches that have remained since the 1770s. In these historical patches, including past landscape structure in the analysis explained more of the variability in current species richness than the current landscape structure alone, suggesting the existence of an extinction debt. [less ▲]

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See detailLes invasions biologiques ... quand Darwin s'en mêle
Vanderhoeven, Sonia ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Vanparys, Valérie et al

in Parcs & Réserves (2009), 64(4), 7-9

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See detailAn explicit test for the contribution of environmental maternal effects to rapid clinal differentiation in an invasive plant
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Lebeau, Julie; Meerts, Pierre et al

in Journal of Evolutionary Biology (2009), 22(5), 917-926

Population differentiation of alien invasive plants within their non-native range has received increasingly more attention. Common gardens are typically used to assess the levels of genotypic ... [more ▼]

Population differentiation of alien invasive plants within their non-native range has received increasingly more attention. Common gardens are typically used to assess the levels of genotypic differentiation among populations. However, in such experiments, environmental maternal effects can influence phenotypic variation among individuals if seed sources are collected from field populations under variable environmental regimes. In the present study, we investigated the causes of an altitudinal cline in an invasive plant. Seeds were collected from Senecio inaequidens (Asteraceae) populations along an altitudinal gradient in southern France. In addition, seeds from the same populations were generated by intra-population crossings in a climatic chamber. The two seed lots were grown in a common garden in Central Belgium to identify any evidence of environmentally induced maternal effects and/or an altitudinal cline in a suite of life-history traits. Results failed to detect any environmental maternal effects. However, an altitudinal cline in plant height and above-ground biomass was found to be independent of the maternal environment. [less ▲]

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See detailClinal differentiation during invasion: Senecio inaequidens (Asteraceae) along altitudinal gradients in Europe
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

in Oecologia (2009), 159(2), 305-315

The dynamics of plant population differentiation may be integral in predicting aspects of introduced species invasion. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that European populations of Senecio ... [more ▼]

The dynamics of plant population differentiation may be integral in predicting aspects of introduced species invasion. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that European populations of Senecio inaequidens (Asteraceae), an invasive species with South African origins, differentiated during migration from two independent introduction sites into divergent altitudinal and climatic zones. We carried out 2 years of common garden experiments with eight populations sampled from Belgian and ten populations from French altitudinal transects. The Belgian transect followed a temperature and precipitation gradient. A temperature and summer drought gradient characterized the French transect. We evaluated differentiation and clinal variation in plants germinated from field-collected seed using the following traits: days to germination, days to flowering, height at maturity, final plant height and aboveground biomass. Results showed that S. inaequidens populations differentiated in growth traits during invasion. During the 1st year of sampling, the results indicated clinal variation for growth traits along both the Belgium and French altitudinal transects. Data from the 2nd year of study demonstrated that with increasing altitude, a reduction in three growth traits, including plant height at maturity, final plant height and aboveground biomass, was detected along the French transect, but no longer along the Belgian one. Phenological traits did not exhibit a clear clinal variation along altitudinal transects. The possible evolutionary causes for the observed differentiation are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailÉvolution des traits d’histoire de vie lors des invasions végétales
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2009), 13(3), 449-458

Les invasions par les plantes, malgré les problèmes qu’elles engendrent, sont des opportunités d’étude des phénomènes évolutifs rapides. Dans cet article sont présentés les principaux changements ... [more ▼]

Les invasions par les plantes, malgré les problèmes qu’elles engendrent, sont des opportunités d’étude des phénomènes évolutifs rapides. Dans cet article sont présentés les principaux changements évolutifs d’histoire de vie accompagnant les invasions végétales. Ceux-ci peuvent avoir lieu lors des différentes phases de l’invasion que sont l’introduction, la naturalisation et l’expansion proprement dite. Leur étude s’articule généralement en deux approches : les comparaisons entre populations de l’aire d’indigénat et de l’aire d’invasion d’une part, et d’autre part, les études de la différenciation au sein de l’aire d’invasion. [less ▲]

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See detailClinal differentiation during invasion: Senecio inaequidens (Asteraceae) along altitudinal gradients in Europe.
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

Poster (2009)

Plant population differentiation may play a role in decreasing the ability to predict whether, where, and when an introduced species will invade. However, few studies have addressed the level of genetic ... [more ▼]

Plant population differentiation may play a role in decreasing the ability to predict whether, where, and when an introduced species will invade. However, few studies have addressed the level of genetic change an alien species may undergo during range expansion, e.g. in response to climatic variation with altitude. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that invasive populations of Senecio inaequidens (Asteraceae) differentiated during migration from two independent introduction sites into divergent altitudinal and climatic zones. We carried out two years of common garden experiments with eight populations from a Belgian altitudinal transect and ten populations from similar French transect. Climatic analysis revealed that the Belgian transect followed a temperature and precipitation gradient. A temperature and summer drought gradient characterized the French study site. We evaluated differentiation and clinal variation in the following characters: days to germination, days to flowering, height at maturity, final plant height and aboveground biomass. Results showed that S. inaequidens populations differentiated in growth traits during invasion. First year of experiment, regressing population growth trait means against source population altitude indicated the presence of clinal variation along both transects. Second year, similar results were found along the French transect, i.e. a reduction in height at maturity, plant height and aboveground biomass with increasing altitude. Including seed mass as a covariate did not change the outcome of the analysis. The possible evolutionary causes for the differentiation observed are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailSources of phenotypic variation of life history traits in an invasive species, Senecio inaequidens DC. (Asteraceae)
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

Conference (2009)

The importance of different sources of phenotypic variation, namely adaptation, phenotypic plasticity, environmental maternal effects, ploidy level and genetic drift, were estimated in several life ... [more ▼]

The importance of different sources of phenotypic variation, namely adaptation, phenotypic plasticity, environmental maternal effects, ploidy level and genetic drift, were estimated in several life history traits among populations of an invasive plant species within its invasion range. Several common garden experiments were set out, two of which in a reciprocal transplants experiment. The populations considered in this study were located in Belgium, in France and in the native range of the model species. Senecio inaequidens DC. (Asteraceae) is native to Africa. It was introduced in Europe via wool trade in the late 19th century. In the native range, the species occurs at two co-existing cytotypes: diploid and tetraploid. Only tetraploid individuals are reported in Europe. The particular and well-documented invasion history of S. inaequidens makes it an excellent plant model for evolutionary studies. Several life history traits were measured, related to germination, growth and sexual reproduction. The sources of phenotypic variation in those traits were analysed with respect to climatic variation along altitudinal gradients in the invaded areas. The influence of the ploidy level and the range (native vs introduced) on those traits was also analysed. Results showed that diploid and tetraploid populations differed, mainly in winter survival capacity. Along altitudinal gradients, clinal phenotypic differentiations with a genetic basis were observed among populations. However, environmental maternal effects were found to significantly influence phenotypic variation in areas with harsh climatic conditions. Monty A., Mahy G. 2009. Clinal differentiation during invasion: Senecio inaequidens (Asteraceae) along altitudinal gradients in Europe. Oecologia 159:305–315. Monty A., Lebeau J., Meerts P., Mahy G. 2009. An explicit test for the contribution of environmental maternal effects to rapid clinal differentiation in an invasive plant. Journal of Evolutionary Biology22: 917-936 [less ▲]

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See detailSOURCES DE VARIATION PHÉNOTYPIQUE DES TRAITS D’HISTOIRE DE VIE D’UNE ESPÈCE INVASIVE, SENECIO INAEQUIDENS DC. (ASTERACEAE).
Monty, Arnaud ULg

Doctoral thesis (2009)

L’importance des différentes sources de variation phénotypique que sont l’adaptation, la plasticité phénotypique, les effets maternels environnementaux, le niveau de ploïdie et la dérive génétique, a été ... [more ▼]

L’importance des différentes sources de variation phénotypique que sont l’adaptation, la plasticité phénotypique, les effets maternels environnementaux, le niveau de ploïdie et la dérive génétique, a été analysée pour différents traits d’histoire de vie, au sein de l’aire colonisée par une espèce végétale invasive. A cette fin, plusieurs expériences en jardins communs ont été installées, dont deux en transplantations réciproques. Les populations considérées étaient localisées en Belgique, en France, ainsi que dans l’aire d’indigénat de l’espèce. Senecio inaequidens DC. (Asteraceae), l’espèce étudiée dans ce travail, est une plante d’origine africaine accidentellement introduite en Europe par le commerce lainier, vers la fin du 19ème siècle. Dans son aire d’indigénat, elle présente deux niveaux de ploïdie, diploïde et tétraploïde. Seuls des plants tétraploïdes sont recensés en Europe. L’espèce présente un historique de colonisation particulier, bien documenté, qui en fait un modèle idéal pour les études évolutives. Les traits d’histoire de vie considérés ont été scindés en deux groupes. Les premiers concernaient la germination, la croissance et la reproduction sexuée. Les sources de variation phénotypique dans ces traits ont été principalement analysées en relation avec les variations climatiques dans l’aire d’invasion, le long de gradients d’altitude, ainsi qu’en relation avec le niveau de ploïdie et l’aire d’origine (aire d’indigénat vs aire d’invasion). Le deuxième groupe de traits considérés concernaient les capacités de dispersion de l’espèce. Celles-ci ont été modélisées. La variabilité phénotypique dans ces traits a ensuite été analysée, parmi les populations françaises, en relation avec l’éloignement depuis le site de première introduction. Les résultats ont montré des différences entre les cytotypes de l’espèce, principalement dans les capacités de survie hivernale. Le long des gradients d’altitude, les populations de S. inaequidens présentaient des différenciations phénotypiques de type clinal, dans les traits de croissance. Ces différenciations étaient d’origine génétique, même si les effets maternels environnementaux sont apparus comme des sources non-négligeables de variation phénotypique dans les zones à climat rigoureux. Parmi les traits liés à la dispersion, le plume loading était le mieux corrélé aux capacités de dispersion par le vent. Des différenciations clinales ont été détectées dans les traits de dispersion, en jardin commun, mais n’ont pas été vérifiées en populations naturelles. [less ▲]

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See detailIndividual distance-independent girth increment model for Douglas-fir in southern Belgium
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Ecological Modelling (2008), 212(3-4), 472-479

An individual distance-independent girth increment model for pure stands of Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (MIRB.) FRANCO), comprising two equations, is presented. The data used to fit the model were ... [more ▼]

An individual distance-independent girth increment model for pure stands of Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (MIRB.) FRANCO), comprising two equations, is presented. The data used to fit the model were collected from 1007 trees in 42 plots installed in regularly stocked and even-aged stands located in Wallonia (southern Belgium). Both equations predict girth increment from individual girth, dominant height, basal area per hectare, stand mean girth and variables linked to site fertility. These last variables are the site index H50 in the first equation, and a combination of mean annual rainfall and altitude in the second. The coefficient of determination ranges from 0.434 to 0.481 and the root mean square error ranges from 0.7857 to 0.8194 cm year(-1). Estimated increments of 224 Douglas-fir trees in 12 different and independent stands were used to validate the model, which is expected to provide reliable predictions for most of the pure Douglas-fir stands located in the study area. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved [less ▲]

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See detailClinal differentiation during invasion: Senecio inaequidens (Asteraceae) along altitudinal gradients in Europe.
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

Poster (2008)

Plant population differentiation may play a role in decreasing the ability to predict whether, where, and when an introduced species will invade. However, few studies have addressed the level of genetic ... [more ▼]

Plant population differentiation may play a role in decreasing the ability to predict whether, where, and when an introduced species will invade. However, few studies have addressed the level of genetic change an alien species may undergo during range expansion, e.g. in response to climatic variation with altitude. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that invasive populations of Senecio inaequidens (Asteraceae) differentiated during migration from two independent introduction sites into divergent altitudinal and climatic zones. We carried out two years of common garden experiments with eight populations from a Belgian altitudinal transect and ten populations from similar French transect. Climatic analysis revealed that the Belgian transect followed a temperature and precipitation gradient. A temperature and summer drought gradient characterized the French study site. We evaluated differentiation and clinal variation in the following characters: days to germination, days to flowering, height at maturity, final plant height and aboveground biomass. Results showed that S. inaequidens populations differentiated in growth traits during invasion. First year of experiment, regressing population growth trait means against source population altitude indicated the presence of clinal variation along both transects. Second year, similar results were found along the French transect, i.e. a reduction in height at maturity, plant height and aboveground biomass with increasing altitude. Including seed mass as a covariate did not change the outcome of the analysis. The possible evolutionary causes for the differentiation observed are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailSeed rain pattern of the invasive weed Senecio inaequidens (Asteraceae)
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Stainier, Charles; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg et al

in Belgian Journal of Botany (2008), 141(1), 51-63

Dispersion capacity of alien invasive plants is a key feature for understanding invasion processes and risks. Here, we present an experimental study focussing on the seed rain pattern of Senecio ... [more ▼]

Dispersion capacity of alien invasive plants is a key feature for understanding invasion processes and risks. Here, we present an experimental study focussing on the seed rain pattern of Senecio inaequidens, an African plant widespread throughout Europe, under common favourable dispersal conditions. One hundred achenes from two Belgian populations underwent a drop time in still air experiment in order to assess linear correlation between several morphological traits and terminal velocity. Variation in morphological traits was measured for 250 additional achenes per population. The trait best correlated to terminal velocity was the square root of the plume loading. We then used this trait to model terminal velocity using a linear regression (r(2) of 79.7%). With this regression and imposing ecological parameters such as wind speed, turbulences and height of release to be representative of favourable dispersal conditions, we established a Gaussian tilted plume model to predict the seed rain pattern of the species. A wind tunnel experiment consequently permitted to validate the model. Under a wind speed of 5 m s(-1) with 2% turbulences along the vertical axis, and height of release of 0.40 m, 99.8% of achenes were dispersed within 100 meters, with a maximum deposition rate at 5.2 m from the parent plant. Uplifted achenes, not forecasted by the model, represent 6.25% of all achenes. [less ▲]

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See detailElements linéaires
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Cristofoli, Sara ULg

Learning material (2008)

De toutes parts, notre paysage est traversé par des éléments linéaires. Certains divisent l'environnement en fragments de plus en plus isolés, entravant le déplacement de nombreux être vivants. Mais d ... [more ▼]

De toutes parts, notre paysage est traversé par des éléments linéaires. Certains divisent l'environnement en fragments de plus en plus isolés, entravant le déplacement de nombreux être vivants. Mais d'autres jouent, au contraire, un rôle favorable... Ce sont notamment les haies et les cordons arbustifs... [less ▲]

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See detailLa Balsamine et les Hommes
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Cristofoli, Sara ULg

Learning material (2007)

Les invasions biologiques sont actuellement considérées comme l’une des atteintes majeures à la biodiversité. Néanmoins, elles sont encore souvent mal perçues du grand public. Ce court-métrage s’inscrit ... [more ▼]

Les invasions biologiques sont actuellement considérées comme l’une des atteintes majeures à la biodiversité. Néanmoins, elles sont encore souvent mal perçues du grand public. Ce court-métrage s’inscrit dans ce contexte et présente le cas de la Balsamine géante (Impatiens glandulifera ROYLE), espèce très esthétique, mais aussi particulièrement dommageable pour la flore des berges de cours d’eau, dans son aire d’invasion. La Balsamine fut introduite en Europe il y a plus d’un siècle, depuis les hauts-plateaux indiens et l’Himalaya, pour ses qualités décoratives. Après une phase de latence, elle a commencé à se répandre dans les milieux naturels, favorisée par les perturbations anthropiques et par un engouement des jardiniers pour l’espèce. Actuellement, elle est devenue problématique dans plusieurs vallées belges comme celle de l’Ourthe, l’Amblève ou la semois. Dans ce court-métrage, sous forme de fable, la Balsamine nous conte l’histoire de son invasion, tantôt aidée, tantôt enrayée par l’Homme. Le texte, entièrement original, est basé sur les connaissances les plus actuelles de l’espèce et des mécanismes sous-jacents à l’invasion. L’objectifs des réalisateurs est d’interpeller le spectateur sur la problématique tout en lui suggérant des actions préventives. [less ▲]

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See detailDifférenciation altitudinale de Senecio inaequidens (Asteraceae) lors de son invasion en Europe
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

in Invasions biologiques et traits d'histoire de vie (2007)

Senecio inaequidens DC. (Asteraceae) est une plante invasive originaire d’Afrique du Sud et du Lesotho. Introduite involontairement par l’industrie lainière il y a environ un siècle, dans des zones ... [more ▼]

Senecio inaequidens DC. (Asteraceae) est une plante invasive originaire d’Afrique du Sud et du Lesotho. Introduite involontairement par l’industrie lainière il y a environ un siècle, dans des zones indépendantes et connues, elle s’est répandue à travers l’Europe de l’ouest. Des collectes de graines et des mesures in situ ont été menés le long de deux gradients altitudinaux et climatiques, passant par les zones d’introduction de Belgique et du sud de la France (respectivement 8 et 10 populations). Dix individus parents, par population, ont été échantillonnés. Dix graines par individu parent ont été semées en pots, et une plantule a été gardée, dans un jardin expérimental homogènes, à Gembloux (Belgique). Ceci afin d’étudier les éventuelles différenciations génétiques le long des gradients climatiques. Les données collectées concernent la germination, la phénologie de la floraison, la croissance (hauteur, biomasse) et le succès reproducteur. Une relation entre la plupart des traits d’histoire de vie étudiés et l’altitude a été montrée pour le gradient français, reflétant une différenciation adaptative de l’espèce au cours de l’invasion. Les plants de basse altitude (région méditerranéenne) tendent à germer plus tôt, à être plus grand, à fleurir à un âge plus avancé et à allouer plus de ressources à la croissance qu’à la reproduction. In situ, un patron altitudinal similaire est observé pour la hauteur et la biomasse. Les résultats du gradient belge sont aussi comparables pour les traits relatifs à la croissance, mais moins marqués. Ceci est à mettre en relation avec une moins grande différence d’altitude, des climats moins contrastés et un flux de gènes potentiellement plus important le long du gradient de colonisation belge. [less ▲]

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See detailClimatic differentiation of the invasive alien plant Senecio inaequidens (Asteraceae) during invasion
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

Conference (2007)

Despite the problems they cause, biological invasions represent a great opportunity to study large-scale plant evolution, e.g. in response to changing climate. Senecio inaequidens DC. is an herbaceous ... [more ▼]

Despite the problems they cause, biological invasions represent a great opportunity to study large-scale plant evolution, e.g. in response to changing climate. Senecio inaequidens DC. is an herbaceous perennial originating from South Africa. It was introduced as a wool alien in a few precise locations about one century ago and after a lag phase of several decades, started to spread rapidly throughout Europe and its contrasted climate. Our study uses common garden experiments to assess the differentiation of the species along both altitudinal and climatic gradients. Life history traits are measured and linked to climatic conditions of source populations. Results show that the species evolved along a climatic gradient from the Mediterranean to the high Pyrenean. This along-invasion differentiation can be linked to mean temperature evolution along the gradient and shows how an introduced species can potentially develop adaptations to new encountered thermic conditions in a length of time of several decades. How understanding the adaptive response of a plant to new climatic conditions will help anticipating the potential response of the flora to climate change is discussed. [less ▲]

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