Description: This task group will focus on the importance of within plant and within species variability for the outcomes of plant models. There is much within-species variability in life-history traits. Moreover, these traits change over the life time of plants and affect their responses to external drivers. However, the parameters with which the traits are represented in plant models are assumed to be constant at the species level, and usually over the entire distribution of the species.
The aim of this TG is to jointly compile papers and to write an opinion/review paper on the importance of within plant and withing species variability in plant models. First, this TG will address the variability of traits at plant level, looking at within plant mechanisms such as acclimation, phenotypic plasticity, GxE interaction and response norms; and at species level, looking at genetics aspects such as genetic diversity of adaptive traits, differences in mating type, gene flow and dispersal of pollen and seeds. Secondly, the existing models will be reviewed to see how they take within plant and within species variability into account. Lastly, this TG will try to provide an answer to how to bring within plant and within species variability in models. Two main aspects will be considered: what data is available on within plant and within species variability, and what models should take within plant and within species variability into account with emphasis on the relationship between genetic diversity and impact of disturbances.
Products: Opinion/Review paper
Participation: If you are interested in participating in the task group, please contact the task group coordinator directly. If you are interested in the working group in general, please contact the working group leaders.