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A handbook of protocols for standardised and easy measurement of plant functional traits worldwide
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This paper provides an international methodological protocol aimed at standardising this research effort, based on consensus among a broad group of scientists in this field, and features a practical handbook with step-by-step recipes, for 28 functional traits recognised as critical for tackling large-scale ecological questions. Expand
New handbook for standardised measurement of plant functional traits worldwide
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This new handbook has a better balance between whole-plant traits, leaf traits, root and stem traits and regenerative traits, and puts particular emphasis on traits important for predicting species’ effects on key ecosystem properties. Expand
Photosynthetic acclimation of plants to growth irradiance: the relative importance of specific leaf area and nitrogen partitioning in maximizing carbon gain
Changes in specific leaf area (SLA, projected leaf area per unit leaf dry mass) and nitrogen partitioning between proteins within leaves occur during the acclimation of plants to their growthExpand
The fate of acquired carbon in plants: chemical composition and construction costs
One of the goals of ecophysiology and agronomy is to unders tand the physiological basis of plant growth. In this respect, the process of photosynthesis has received ample attention. Large effortsExpand
The effect of elevated CO2 on the chemical composition and construction costs of leaves of 27 C3 species
We determined the proximate chemical composition as well as the construction costs of leaves of 27 species, grown at ambient and at a twice-ambient partial pressure of atmospheric CO2. These speciesExpand
Chemical composition of 24 wild species differing in relative growth rate
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It is concluded that variation in the costs of synthesis of whole plant biomass cannot explain interspecific variation in relative growth rate of herbaceous species. Expand
INTERSPECIFIC VARIATION IN RELATIVE GROWTH RATE : ON ECOLOGICAL CAUSES AND PHYSIOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES
Large interspecific differences exist in the potential relative growth rate (RGR) of plants. Which physiological, morphological, chemical and/or allocation-related factors explain this variation inExpand
The role of biomass allocation in the growth response of plants to different levels of light, CO2, nutrients and water : a quantitative review
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A meta-analysis of the literature, analysing the effect of various environmental variables on the fraction of total plant biomass allocated to leaves, stem and roots, suggested that only in the case of nutrients, biomass allocation is a major factor in the response of plants to limiting resource supply. Expand
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