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    Author(s): John H. Fryer; F. Thomas Ledig
    Date: 1972
    Source: Canadian Journal of Botany, Vol. 50: 1231-1235
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Balsam fir seedlings were grown under uniform conditions from seed collected along an elevational gradient in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Photosynthetic temperature optimum of the seedlings decreased with increasing elevation of the seed source. The change in temperature optimum with elevation was similar to the adiabatic lapse rate, suggesting a precise adaptation to temperature through natural selection.

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    Fryer, John H.; Ledig, F. Thomas. 1972. Microevolution of the photosynthetic temperature optimum in relation to the elevational complex gradient. Canadian Journal of Botany, Vol. 50: 1231-1235

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