publication . Article . 2009

Climate change, anthropogenic disturbance and the northward range expansion of Lactuca serriola (Asteraceae)

D'Andrea, Luigi; Broennimann, Olivier; Kozlowski, Gregor; Guisan, Antoine; Morin, Xavier; Keller-Senften, Julia; Felber, François;
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  • Published: 25 Mar 2009
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
<b>Aim</b> The distribution range of <i>Lactuca serriola</i>, a species native to the summer-dry mediterranean climate, has expanded northwards during the last 250 years. This paper assesses the influence of climate on the range expansion of this species and highlights the importance of anthropogenic disturbance to its spread. <br><br> <b>Location</b> Central and Northern Europe. <br><br> <b>Methods</b> Data on the geographic distribution of <i>L. serriola</i> were assembled through a literature search as well as through floristic and herbarium surveys. Maps of the spread of <i>L. serriola</i> in Central and Northern Europe were prepared based on herbarium data....
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