Alpine invasions

Arctic Research

When plants from the cosy environment of western Europe arrive in the high north, you would expect they are not used to the cold environment over there. Some of them however seem to do pretty well in the Swedish mountains, unlike what could be expected based on the climatic conditions in these harsh environments.

Dryas octopetala in the mountains

We want to know the limitations of these species, explore their powers on these absolute limits and see how high they can get. And even more important: we want to know the factors that might block or promote their expansion. These results will be a great help in the predictions of future changes in plant distributions and the effects on the typical mountain vegetation.

Alpine vegetation in Sweden

So we decided to climb all the way up to 1000 meters in the mountains in the high north (more pictures here) to put our tiny, vulnerable plant seeds in the ground. We could derive their performance up to 900 meters already from…

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