The new paper published in Nature Plants explores how seed production in perennial plants, like European beech (Fagus sylvatica), synchronizes across vast distances, affecting ecosystem functions. The study reveals that the summer solstice serves as a celestial cue, triggering synchronized responses to weather conditions among widely separated populations of European beech. This ‘starting gun’ initiates ecological events with high spatial synchrony across the continent, highlighting the significance of celestial cues and weather coordination in shaping ecosystem dynamics. Work led by researchers from Forest Biology Center.
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