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Benavides, R, Carvalho, B, Bastias, CC, et al. The GenTree Leaf Collection: Inter‐ and intraspecific leaf variation in seven forest tree species in Europe. Global Ecol Biogeogr. 2021; 30: 590– 597.

The GenTree Leaf Collection : inter‐ and intraspecific leaf variation in seven forest tree species in Europe

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Author: Benavides, Raquel1; Carvalho, Barbara1; Bastias, Cristina C.1,2;
Lopez-Quiroga, David1; Mas, Antonio1; Cavers, Stephen3; Gray, Alan3; Albet, Audrey4; Alia, Ricardo5; Ambrosio, Olivier6; Aravanopoulos, Filippos7; Aunon, Francisco5; Avanzi, Camilla8; Avramidou, Evangelia V.7; Bagnoli, Francesca8; Ballesteros, Eduardo5; Barbas, Evangelos7; Bastien, Catherine9; Bernier, Frederic4; Bignalet, Henry4; Bouic, Damien4; Brunetto, William6; Buchovska, Jurata10; Cabanillas-Saldana, Ana M.11; Cheval, Nicolas4; Climent, Jose M.5; Correard, Marianne12; Cremer, Eva13; Danusevicius, Darius10; Dauphin, Benjamin14; Del Cano, Fernando5; Denou, Jean-Luc4; Dokhelar, Bernard4; Dourthe, Remi4; Farsakoglou, Anna-Maria7; Fera, Andreas15; Fonti, Patrick14; Ganopoulos, Ioannis7,16; Garcia del Barrio, Jose M.5; Gilg, Olivier12; Gonzalez-Martinez, Santiago C.17; Graf, Rene14; Grivet, Delphine5; Gugerli, Felix14; Hartleitner, Christoph18; Heer, Katrin19; Hollenbach, Enja19; Hurel, Agathe17; Issehuth, Bernard4; Jean, Florence6; Jorge, Veronique9; Jouineau, Arnaud6; Kappner, Jan-Philipp19; Kärkkainen, Katri20; Kesälahti, Robert21; Knutzen, Florian13; Kujala, Sonja T.20; Kumpula, Timo21; Labriola, Mariaceleste8; Lalanne, Celine17; Lambertz, Johannes19; Lascoux, Martin22; Le Provost, Gregoire17; Liesebach, Mirko23; Malliarou, Ermioni7; Marchon, Jeremy14; Mariotte, Nicolas6; Martinez-Sancho, Elisabet14; Matesanz, Silvia24; Meischner, Helge19; Michotey, Celia25; Milesi, Pascal22; Morganti, Sandro14; Myking, Tor26; Nilsen, Anne E.26; Notivol, Eduardo27; Opgenoorth, Lars14,19; ostreng, Geir26; Pakull, Birte23; Piotti, Andrea8; Plomion, Christophe17; Poinot, Nicolas4; Pringarbe, Mehdi12; Puzos, Luc4; Pyhajarvi, Tanja21; Raffin, Annie4; Ramirez-Valiente, Jose A.5; Rellstab, Christian14; Richter, Sebastian19; Robledo-Arnuncio, Juan J.5; San Segundo, Sergio5; Savolainen, Outi20; Schneck, Volker28; Schueler, Silvio15; Scotti, Ivan6; Semerikov, Vladimir29; Henrik Sonstebo, Jorn26; Spanu, Ilaria8; Thevenet, Jean12; Tollefsrud, Mari Mette26; Turion, Norbert12; Vendramin, Giovanni Giuseppe8; Villar, Marc9; Westin, Johan30; Fady, Bruno6; Valladares, Fernando1,24
Organizations: 1CSIC, Museo Nacl Ciencias Nat, Dept Biogeog & Global Change, LINCGlobal, C Serrano 115 Dpdo, Madrid 28006, Spain.
2Univ Montpellier, Univ Paul Valery, UMR CEFE 5175, CNRS,EPHE,IRD, Montpellier, France.
3UK Ctr Ecol & Hydrol, Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland.
4INRAE, UEFP, Cestas, France.
5INIA CIFOR, Inst Nacl Invest & Tecnol Agr & Alimentaria, Forest Res Ctr, Dept Forest Ecol & Genet, Madrid, Spain.
6INRAE, URFM, Avignon, France.
7Aristotle Univ Thessaloniki, Sch Forestry & Nat Environm, Lab Forest Genet & Tree Breeding, Thessaloniki, Greece.
8Natl Res Council CNR, Inst Biosci & BioResources, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy.
9INRAE, BioForA, ONF, Orleans, France.
10Vytautas Magnus Univ, Akademija, Lithuania.
11Gobierno Aragon, Dept Agr Ganaderia & Medio Ambiente, Zaragoza, Spain.
12INRAE, UEFM, Avignon, France.
13Bavarian Off Forest Seeding & Planting ASP, Teisendorf, Germany.
14Swiss Fed Res Inst WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland.
15Austrian Res Ctr Forests BFW, Dept Forest Growth & Silviculture, Vienna, Austria.
16Hellen Agr Org DEMETER Ex NAGREF, Inst Plant Breeding & Genet Resources, Thermi, Greece.
17Univ Bordeaux, INRAE, BIOGECO, Cestas, France.
18LIECO, Kalwang, Austria.
19Philipps Univ Marburg, Dept Biol, Marburg, Germany.
20Univ Oulu, Nat Resources Inst Finland, Oulu, Finland.
21Univ Oulu, Oulu, Finland.
22Uppsala Univ, Sci Life Lab, Evolutionary Biol Ctr, Dept Ecol & Genet, Uppsala, Sweden.
23Thunen Inst Forest Genet, Grosshansdorf, Germany.
24Univ Rey Juan Carlos, Area Biodiversidad & Conservac, Mostoles, Spain.
25INRAE, URGI, Route St Cyr, Versailles, France.
26Norwegian Inst Bioecon Res NIBIO, Div Forestry & Forest Resources, As, Norway.
27Ctr Invest & Tecnol Agroalimentaria Aragon, Unidad Recursos Forestales CITA, Zaragoza, Spain.
28Thunen Inst Forest Genet, Waldsieversdorf, Germany.
29RAS, Ural Branch, Inst Plant & Anim Ecol, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
30Skogforsk, Uppsala, Sweden.
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Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-03-30


Motivation: Trait variation within species can reveal plastic and/or genetic responses to environmental gradients, and may indicate where local adaptation has occurred. Here, we present a dataset of rangewide variation in leaf traits from seven of the most ecologically and economically important tree species in Europe. Sample collection and trait assessment are embedded in the GenTree project (EU‐Horizon 2020), which aims at characterizing the genetic and phenotypic variability of forest tree species to optimize the management and sustainable use of forest genetic resources. Our dataset captures substantial intra‐ and interspecific leaf phenotypic variability, and provides valuable information for studying the relationship between ecosystem functioning and trait variability of individuals, and the response and resilience of species to environmental changes.

Main types of variable contained: We chose morphological and chemical characters linked to trade‐offs between acquisition and conservation of resources and water use, namely specific leaf area, leaf size, carbon and nitrogen content and their ratio, and the isotopic signature of stable isotope ¹³C and ¹⁵N in leaves.

Spatial location and grain: We surveyed between 18 and 22 populations per species, 141 in total, across Europe.

Time period: Leaf sampling took place between 2016 and 2017.

Major taxa and level of measurement: We sampled at least 25 individuals in each population, 3,569 trees in total, and measured traits in 35,755 leaves from seven European tree species, i.e. the conifers Picea abies, Pinus pinaster and Pinus sylvestris, and the broadleaves Betula pendula, Fagus sylvatica, Populus nigra and Quercus petraea.

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Series: Global ecology and biogeography. A journal of macroecology
ISSN: 1466-822X
ISSN-E: 1466-822X
ISSN-L: 1466-822X
Volume: 30
Issue: 3
Pages: 590 - 597
DOI: 10.1111/geb.13239
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
1172 Environmental sciences
Funding: All authors acknowledge support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement no. 676876 (Project GenTree). Laboratory work was also supported by other projects: COMEDIAS (CGL2017‐83170‐R, Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities), REMEDINAL IV (TE‐CM S2018/EMT‐4338, Project of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, Spain), SPONFOREST (BIODIVERSA‐3, PCIN‐2016‐055), and International Laboratory of Global Change (LINCGlobal 4540‐143AP). The Swiss contribution was supported by the Swiss Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) under contract no. 6.0032. BC was funded by a Scholarship from Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior ‐ CAPES (Brazil).
EU Grant Number: (676876) GenTree - Optimising the management and sustainable use of forest genetic resources in Europe
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