Cycads and climate change

Global warming is a climatic phenomenon of unprecedented impact in various ecosystems of the world. Its consequences, especially on polar regions, from ice melting to temperature records, is now well documented. Studying the responses to climate change in the tropics is of capital importance to predict the impacts of global warming at a global scale

The mostly tropical genus Zamia is the most ecologically diverse clade within Cycadales, and thus, is an ideal candidate for global warming-oriented research. Our summer intern, Rafael Forteza, wrote an update of our research on climate change and cycads in the Cycad Newsletter.  

In the lab, we are integrating metagenomics and metabolomics to understand the impact of climate change on cycad symbiosis.

Thanks to the Cycad Society for the support ! More news coming up soon.