Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP200102616 [ 2021-03-01 - 2025-02-28 ]

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Researchers: Kristine Crous (Chief Investigator) ,  Mark Tjoelker (Chief Investigator) ,  Rachael Gallagher (Chief Investigator) ,  Dr John Drake (Partner Investigator) ,  Prof Peter Reich (Partner Investigator)

Brief description Pushing the envelope: does range size limit eucalypt tolerance to warming? This project aims to characterise the biogeographic constraints on the physiological flexibility of eucalypts to accommodate climate warming. Do temperature tolerances of diverse taxa vary predictably with native geographic range sizes and climate of origin? In addressing this question, the project expects to generate new knowledge on the comparative physiological responses of diverse eucalypt taxa to warming and heat waves using controlled-environment studies and a unique facility at Western Sydney University for heat wave studies of large trees. Expected outcomes include an enhanced capacity to predict carbon exchange and growth responses of native trees to climate warming over large geographic scales.

Funding Amount $423,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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