Global Warming May Lead to Shorter Flower Life: Study

A Chinese research team has found that continued global warming may lead to shorter floral life of plants, according to the Kunming Institute of Botany under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Using published data on floral longevity from 818 angiosperm species, researchers from the institute present the first global quantification of the latitudinal pattern of floral longevity and the relationships between floral longevity and a range of biotic and abiotic factors.

According to the study, the environmental temperature during the flowering season showed the highest influence on the longevity of flowers. In areas of high temperature, drought, and strong solar radiation, plants tend to have shorter floral lives.

Continuous global warming and extreme high-temperature events may shorten the flower life of plants, and then aggravate the insufficient pollination of plants, resulting in changes in plant population or geographical distribution, said the study.

The research results provide a reference for the conservation of plant diversity under global climate change.

The study was recently published in the journal New Phytologist.   (Xinhua)



Fig. 1 Global dataset of floral longevity in native plants. Geographical distribution (a) and environmental locations across Whittaker’s biomes (b) of the study sites from which floral longevity data were collected; circle size is proportional to the floral longevity. Frequency distribution (c) and phylogenetic distribution (d) of floral longevity at global scale. (Image by KIB)

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