phenological shift

phenological shift

[‚fēn·ə‚läj·i·kəl ′shift]
(ecology)
A change in the timing of growth and breeding events in the life of an individual organism.
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Results of phenological studies suggest that although flowering time in a plant shows the potential to adapt to a changing climate, phenological shifts may be associated with reduced plant fitness possibly hindering evolutionary change (Burgess 2007).
The availability of long-term data sets limits analyses of phenological shifts to long-term banding operations or study sites.
Complex spatiotemporal phenological shifts as a response to rainfall changes.