Widespread, episodic decline of alder (Alnus) during the medieval period in the boreal forest of Europe
Normunds Stivrins , Michelle S. Buchan , Helena R. Disbrey , Niina Kuosmanen , Małgorzata Latałowa , Janne Lempinen , Petteri Muukkonen , Michał Słowiński , Siim Veski , Heikki Seppä
AbstractWe report pollen-stratigraphical evidence for an abrupt, episodic and widespread population decline of alder (Alnus), one of the most common boreal tree genera, during the medieval period in northern Europe. Decline of alder pollen values was observed both in forest hollow pollen records reflecting local vegetation of pristine forests and in pollen percentage and pollen accumulation data from lake sediments. The event began roughly at AD 600 and the recovery took place at AD 1000. Human impact is an unlikely cause because the decline is specific to alder and there is no evidence for a concurrent episode of human impact. It is possible that the decline was caused or influenced by a severe drought. Another potential cause is a sudden, widespread pathogen outbreak, especially as alder is known to be sensitive to the impacts of fungal pathogens such as the oomycete Phytophthora.
|Journal series||Journal of Quaternary Science, ISSN 0267-8179|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Keywords in English||drought, human impact, macrocharcoal, pathogen, pollen|
|Score|| = 35.0, 20-12-2017, ArticleFromJournal|
= 40.0, 20-12-2017, ArticleFromJournal
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