Leaf senescence exhibits stronger climatic responses during warm than during cold autumns

Source: Nature.com

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 06 July 2020; doi:10.1038/s41558-020-0820-2

Autumn leaf senescence has later onset, higher phenological plasticity and a stronger climatic response under warm compared to cold autumns. While night-time warming delays senescence, drought induced by daytime warming advances it, which may lead to loss in growing season under global warming.