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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. Expand
Leaf construction cost, nutrient concentration, and net CO2 assimilation of native and invasive species in Hawaii
Comparisons of specific leaf area, leaf tissue construction cost, leaf nutrient concentration, and net CO2 assimilation on Mauna Loa volcano in the island of Hawaii suggest that invasive species may not only use resources more efficiently than native species, but may potentially demonstrate higher growth rates, consistent with their rapid spread in isolated oceanic islands. Expand
Leaf trait relationships of native and invasive plants: community- and global-scale comparisons.
Exotic invasives do not have fundamentally different carbon capture strategies from natives but are positioned further along the leaf economics spectrum towards faster growth strategies, which will be successful invaders when introduced to novel environments where resources are not limited. Expand
African Grass Invasion in the Americas: Ecosystem Consequences and the Role of Ecophysiology
The extent of pasture creation with African grasses and their invasive spread in the New World is described and a number of comparative ecophysiological studies within the context of mechanisms responsible for invasion by African Grasses and resulting ecosystem change are highlighted. Expand
World-wide leaf economics spectrum
Photosynthetic responses of native and introduced C4 grasses from Venezuelan savannas
Investigation of whether introduced and native grasses differ in some photosynthetic characteristics finds the slower growth rate, lower nutrient concentrations, and superior water relations characteristics are consistent with the capacity of T. plumosus to resist invasion by introduced grasses in poorer sites. Expand
Vegetation–environment relationships and classification of the seasonal savannas in Venezuela
Abstract The seasonal savannas dominated by the C 4 grasses of the genus Trachypogon , are widespread in northern South America. In Venezuela, they extend from the central lowland Llanos toExpand
TRY plant trait database - enhanced coverage and open access.
The extent of the trait data compiled in TRY is evaluated and emerging patterns of data coverage and representativeness are analyzed to conclude that reducing data gaps and biases in the TRY database remains a key challenge and requires a coordinated approach to data mobilization and trait measurements. Expand
Responses to drought and flooding in tropical forage grasses
The higher flood-tolerance in these grasses might be attributed to enhanced oxygen diffusion to the roots through the hollow stolons, development of advantitious rootlets and large aerenchyma in the roots which compensate for the reduction of soil oxygen and permit the maintenance of root activity. Expand
Effects of fire and defoliation on the life history of native and invader C4 grasses in a Neotropical savanna
Its water stress evasion strategy, larger biomass allocated to leaves, abundant germination and fast seedling growth appeared to be responsible for the success of Hyparrhenia as an invader of Neotropical savannas. Expand