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      Alpine grassland plants grow earlier and faster but biomass remains unchanged over 35 years of climate change

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          Satellite data indicate significant advancement in alpine spring phenology over decades of climate warming, but corresponding field evidence is scarce. It is also unknown whether this advancement results from an earlier shift of phenological events, or enhancement of plant growth under unchanged phenological pattern. By analyzing a 35‐year dataset of seasonal biomass dynamics of a Tibetan alpine grassland, we show that climate change promoted both earlier phenology and faster growth, without changing annual biomass production. Biomass production increased in spring due to a warming‐induced earlier onset of plant growth, but decreased in autumn due mainly to increased water stress. Plants grew faster but the fast‐growing period shortened during the mid‐growing season. These findings provide the first in situ evidence of long‐term changes in growth patterns in alpine grassland plant communities, and suggest that earlier phenology and faster growth will jointly contribute to plant growth in a warming climate.


          Climate change reshapes plant growth patterns by shifting phenology earlier, enhancing growth rate, and shortening growth period in a Tibetan alpine grassland over 35 years. The changes in growth patterns alters seasonal, but not annual, biomass production.

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                Ecol Lett
                Ecol. Lett
                Ecology Letters
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                12 February 2020
                April 2020
                : 23
                : 4 ( doiID: 10.1111/ele.v23.4 )
                : 701-710
                [ 1 ] State Key Laboratory of Grassland Agro‐Ecosystems College of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology Institute of Innovation Ecology Lanzhou University Lanzhou 730000 China
                [ 2 ] Institute of Ecology College of Urban and Environmental Sciences Key Laboratory for Earth Surface Processes of the Ministry of Education Peking University Beijing 100871 China
                [ 3 ] Key Laboratory of Adaptation and Evolution of Plateau Biota Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology Chinese Academy of Sciences Xining 810008 China
                [ 4 ] State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change Institute of Botany Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100093 China
                [ 5 ] School of Biological Sciences Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta Georgia 30332 USA
                [ 6 ] Environmental Program Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources University of Vermont Burlington VT 05405 USA
                [ 7 ] Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources University of Vermont Burlington VT 05405 USA
                [ 8 ] Gund Institute for Environment University of Vermont Burlington VT 05405 USA
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                [* ] Correspondence: E‐mail: jshe@

                © 2020 The Authors. Ecology Letters published by CNRS and John Wiley & Sons Ltd

                This is an open access article under the terms of the License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                Figures: 6, Tables: 0, Pages: 10, Words: 7083
                Funded by: research grants from Lanzhou University
                Funded by: Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities
                Award ID: lzujbky‐2019‐76
                Funded by: the National Science Foundation of USA to LJ
                Award ID: DEB‐1856318 and CBET‐1833988
                Funded by: a Semper Ardens grant from the Carlsbergfondet to NJS
                Funded by: National Natural Science Foundation of China , open-funder-registry 10.13039/501100001809;
                Award ID: 31630009; 31901145
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