New plants on the block: Taller species are taking over in a warming Arctic
26 / 09 / 2018, Eureka Alert
The Arctic tundra has long been the domain of grasses and dwarf shrubs that grow only a few centimetres high. But taller plant species have been taking over this chilly neighbourhood, report an international group of 130 biologists led by scientists from the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and the German Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Nature. This has led to an overall increase in the height of tundra plant communities.