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New handbook for standardised measurement of plant functional traits worldwide
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.
TRY – a global database of plant traits
The improved availability of plant trait data in the unified global database is expected to support a paradigm shift from species to trait-based ecology, offer new opportunities for synthetic plant trait research and enable a more realistic and empirically grounded representation of terrestrial vegetation in Earth system models.
The determinants of leaf turgor loss point and prediction of drought tolerance of species and biomes: a global meta-analysis.
New equations derived giving both π(tlp) and relative water content at turgor loss point (RWC(tlP) ) as explicit functions of osmotic potential at full turgors (π(o) ) and bulk modulus of elasticity (ε) showed that π (o) is the major driver of π-tlp .
This review addresses how leaf structure and physiology influence K(leaf), and the mechanisms by which K( leaf) contributes to dynamic functional responses at the level of both individual leaves and the whole plant.
The ‘hydrology’ of leaves: co‐ordination of structure and function in temperate woody species
For the six species, Klamina was independent of inter-related leaf traits including leaf dry mass per area, density, modulus of elasticity, osmotic potential, and cuticular conductance, but independent of other traits relating to drought tolerance and to aspects of carbon economy.
Leaf venation: structure, function, development, evolution, ecology and applications in the past, present and future.
The development and plasticity of leaf venation and its adaptation across environments globally, and a new global data compilation indicating trends relating vein length per unit area to climate, growth form and habitat worldwide are described.
Global climatic drivers of leaf size
It is shown that daytime and nighttime leaf-to-air temperature differences are key to geographic gradients in leaf size, which can enrich “next-generation” vegetation models in which leaf temperature and water use during photosynthesis play key roles.
Developmentally based scaling of leaf venation architecture explains global ecological patterns.
Vein scaling relationships can explain the global biogeographical trend for smaller leaves in drier areas, the greater construction cost of larger leaves and the ability of angiosperms to develop larger and more densely vascularised lamina to outcompete earlier-evolved plant lineages.
What is conservation physiology? Perspectives on an increasingly integrated and essential science†
The definition of ‘conservation physiology’ is refined to be more inclusive, with an emphasis on characterizing diversity, understanding and predicting responses to environmental change and…
Leaf structural diversity is related to hydraulic capacity in tropical rain forest trees.
Variation in both R2-linked and R1-independent traits related strongly to regeneration irradiance, indicating the potential importance of both types of traits in establishment ecology.