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This paper studied the eco-anatomical characteristics of Sorphora davidii leaves at the elevations of 1,650, 1,750, 1,850 and 1,950 m in the upper reaches of Minjiang River dry valley. The indices investigated were leaf length (LL), leaf width (LW), LL/ LW, leaf area, leaf thickness, leaf epidermal thickness, leaf palisade mesophyll thickness (P), leaf(More)
Variations in levels of seed dormancy among conspecific populations are poorly understood. We aim to determine the variations in the level of dormancy in Rosa multibracteata along an elevational gradient, and to analyze the mechanisms underlying seed dormancy. The study was conducted in an arid valley in the eastern Tibetan Plateau at five elevations: 1700,(More)
This paper studied the biomass and carbon storage of the ground bryophytes under young Picea balfouriana (P), Pinus tabulaeformis (Y), Pinus armandii (H), Larix kaempferi (L), Picea balfouriana-Pinus tabulaeformis (P-Y), and Pinus tabulaeformis-Pinus armandii (Y-H) forest plantations in the upper reach of Minjiang River, Sichuan Province. The results showed(More)
Ecophysiological studies of bryophytes have generally been conducted at the shoot or canopy scale. However, their growth forms are diverse, and knowledge of whether bryophytes with different shoot structures have different functional trait levels and scaling relationships is limited. We collected 27 bryophyte species and categorised them into two groups(More)
PREMISE OF THE STUDY Tradeoffs among functional traits of vascular plants are starting to be better understood, but it is unclear whether bryophytes possess similar tradeoffs or how trait relationships, or the 'economic spectrum', differ between the two groups. METHODS We determined functional-trait values [including shoot mass per area (SMA),(More)
This paper studied the effects of different ramets adjustment measures on the growth and seed generation of Quercus liaotungensis shrub in the upper reach of Minjiang River. The results showed that artificially adjusting ramets number largely affected the growth of plant height and sexual reproduction of Q. liaotungensis. The adjustment had little effect on(More)
We investigated non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) levels and components (starch, glucose, fructose and sucrose) in the leaves of three typical co-occurring forest-floor plants, moss Eurhynchium savatieri (ES), fern Parathelypteris nipponica (PN) and forb Aruncus sylvester (AS) in a 30-year-old Chinese pine (Pinus tabulaeformis) plantation forest on the(More)
Mosses growing in wintertime exert important ecosystem function, but we know little about their fundamental functional trait levels and scaling relationships across species. Thus the present study chose 13 common mosses growing under a temperate deciduous forest in wintertime to measure their light-saturated assimilation rate (Amass), dark respiration rate(More)
Radial growth responses of gap-edge trees to GT intensity greatly depends on microclimate condition (soil temperature and PAR) within gaps and their abilities in competing and utilizing the limited resources. Gap-model thinning (GT) is an effective management technique to improve the productivity of dense monoculture plantation. However, how GT intensity(More)
Understory management in forest ecosystems has been applied to improve the wood production for hundreds of years worldwide. The carbon-physiological mechanisms underlying these positive effects of understory management on the growth of overstory trees have received less attention. We studied the non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) and total nitrogen (N)(More)