Seasonality of Plants in a Changing Climate
The seasonality of plants is strongly affected by low temperatures in northern ecosystems. Winter is regarded as a resting period when the metabolic activity of dormant plants is very low. However, plants that overwinter in the sheltered environment under snow show surprisingly high metabolic activity, and overwintering processes affect plant performance during the growing season. We are studying various aspects of seasonality of plants, emphasizing the significance the whole annual cycle. This approach helps us to understand how plants respond to climatic warming in a seasonal climate.