Oxford Long-Term Ecology Lab

Long-Term Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, and Environmental Stewardship Technologies


How will climate change affect the toxicity of plants? This project aims to develop a palaeoecological proxy for plant-derived toxins from calcium oxalate crystals, the most commonly formed biomineral in higher plants and highly toxic to consumers. This proxy will be used to track ecosystem-scale changes in toxin production in response to long-term changes in climate and biogeochemical cycling at Marley Fen in Wytham Woods (photo property of Curt Lambeth).

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Royal Society