The worldwide leaf economics spectrum
Reliable quantification of the leaf economics spectrum and its interaction with climate will prove valuable for modelling nutrient fluxes and vegetation boundaries under changing land-use and climate.
Bivariate line‐fitting methods for allometry
- D. Warton, I. Wright, D. Falster, M. Westoby
- BiologyBiological Reviews of The Cambridge Philosophical…
- 1 May 2006
This review describes for the practitioner the essential features of line‐fitting methods for estimating the relationship between two variables: what methods are commonly used, which method should be used when, and how to make inferences from these lines to answer common research questions.
Rebuilding community ecology from functional traits.
Plant Ecological Strategies: Some Leading Dimensions of Variation Between Species
The leaf mass per area–leaf lifespan (LMA-LL) dimension expresses slow turnover of plant parts, long nutrient residence times, and slow response to favorable growth conditions.
A leaf-height-seed (LHS) plant ecology strategy scheme
- M. Westoby
- Environmental SciencePlant and Soil
- 1 February 1998
A leaf-height-seed (LHS) plant ecology strategy scheme is proposed. The axes would be specific leaf area SLA (light-capturing area deployed per dry mass allocated), height of the plant's canopy at…
Global convergence in the vulnerability of forests to drought
It is shown that 70% of 226 forest species from 81 sites worldwide operate with narrow hydraulic safety margins against injurious levels of drought stress and therefore potentially face long-term reductions in productivity and survival if temperature and aridity increase as predicted for many regions across the globe.
Opportunistic management for rangelands not at equilibrium.
ing and summarizing knowledge about range dynamics without distorting it. The amount of detail lost in a particular description would depend on how many states and transitions were recognized. We are…
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.
Plant species traits are the predominant control on litter decomposition rates within biomes worldwide.
The magnitude of species-driven differences is much larger than previously thought and greater than climate-driven variation, and the decomposability of a species' litter is consistently correlated with that species' ecological strategy within different ecosystems globally, representing a new connection between whole plant carbon strategy and biogeochemical cycling.
The Evolution of Plant Functional Variation: Traits, Spectra, and Strategies
Patterns of functional trait variation and trait correlations within and among habitats in relation to several environmental and trade‐off axes are described and whether such patterns reflect natural selection and can be considered plant strategies are asked.