UCL Division of Biosciences


New paper co-authored by Dr Hernán Burbano reveals climate change effects on plant genetic diversity

28 August 2019

'Natural selection on the Arabidopsis thaliana genome in present and future climates.'

The research, published in Nature, investigated populations of the thale cress plant Arabidopsis thaliana collected from over 500 geographic locations in Europe, commonly used for biological research. Growing these plants in Spain and Germany under rainfall-reduction conditions revealed how individual plants responded to heat and drought. 

Read full paper: Natural selection on the Arabidopsis thaliana genome in present and future climates

Authors: Moises Exposito-Alonso, 500 Genomes Field Experiment Team, Hernán A. Burbano, Oliver Bossdorf, Rasmus Nielsen, Detlef Weigel