Journal article

Validating measurements of acclimation for climate change adaptation

John S Terblanche, Ary A Hoffmann

Current Opinion in Insect Science | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020


Acclimation and other forms of plasticity that can increase stress resistance feature strongly in discussions surrounding climate change impacts or vulnerability projections of insects and other ectotherms. There is interest in compiling databases for assessing the adequacy of acclimation for dealing with climate change. Here, we argue that the nature of acclimation is context dependent and therefore that estimates summarised across studies, especially those that have assayed stress using diverse methods, are limited in their utility when applied as a standardized metric or to a single general context such as average climate warming. Moreover, the dynamic nature of tolerances and acclimation..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology provided funding towards AAH's visit through a CIB Visiting Fellows program. We are grateful for constructive comments on the paper by Art Woods Sylvain Pincebourde, Heidi MacLean, Carla Sgro and Michael Kearney that helped improve the work and to the Guest Editors for the invitation to contribute the article.