Aspen Bibliography

Title

Remote Sensing of Cytotype and its Consequences for Canopy Damage in Quaking Aspen

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Global Change Biology

Volume

28

Issue

7

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

First Page

2491

Last Page

2504

Publication Date

12-28-2021

Abstract

Mapping geographic mosaics of genetic variation and their consequences via genotype x environment interactions at large extents and high resolution has been limited by the scalability of DNA sequencing. Here, we address this challenge for cytotype (chromosome copy number) variation in quaking aspen, a drought-impacted foundation tree species. We integrate airborne imaging spectroscopy data with ground-based DNA sequencing data and canopy damage data in 391 km2 of southwestern Colorado. We show that (1) aspen cover and cytotype can be remotely sensed at 1 m spatial resolution, (2) the geographic mosaic of cytotypes is heterogeneous and interdigitated, (3) triploids have higher leaf nitrogen, canopy water content, and carbon isotope shifts (δ13C) than diploids, and (4) canopy damage varies among cytotypes and depends on interactions with topography, canopy height, and trait variables. Triploids are at higher risk in hotter and drier conditions.

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