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As per a study, climate change is causing plants in United Kingdom (UK) to flower almost a month earlier on average.
Risk of Ecological mismatch
Untimely flowering might lead to ecological mismatch. It would have a dramatic effect “on functioning and productivity” of farming and nature. Global warming is resulting into early arrival of spring and late arrival of autumn in many places. Not all animals and plants are adapting at the same rate. If these species get out of sync with each other, it could lead to ecological mismatch.
Risk associated with food resources
Pollen, seeds, nectar and fruits of plants are important food resources for birds, insects and other wildlife. If flowers appear too early, they can be hit by frost. Thus, harvest of fruit trees can be damaged.
Study considered hundreds of thousands of observations of first flowering dates of native trees, herbs, shrubs, and climbers, which were recorded in a citizen science database called Nature’s Calendar. It goes back to the 18th Century. The study encompassed whole of UK and Northern Ireland. Researchers compared the first flowering dates of 406 plant species and found that, early flowering is correlated with rising global temperatures.
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