Are compound leaves an adaptation to seasonal drought or to rapid growth? Evidence from the Amazon rain forest

  title={Are compound leaves an adaptation to seasonal drought or to rapid growth? Evidence from the Amazon rain forest},
  author={A. C. Malhado and R. Whittaker and Y. Malhi and R. Ladle and H. Steege and O. Phillips and L. E. Arag{\~a}o and T. Baker and L. Arroyo and Samuel Almeida and N. Higuchi and T. Killeen and A. Monteagudo and N. C. A. Pitman and Adriana Prieto and R. Salom{\~a}o and R. Vasquez-Mart{\'i}nez and W. Laurance and H. Ramírez-Angulo},
  journal={Global Ecology and Biogeography},
  • A. C. Malhado, R. Whittaker, +16 authors H. Ramírez-Angulo
  • Published 2010
  • Biology
  • Global Ecology and Biogeography
  • Aim To assess the hypotheses that compound leaves of trees in the Amazon forest are an adaptation to drought and/or rapid growth. Location Amazon rain forest, South America. Methods Genera from 137 permanent forest plots spread across Amazonia were classified into those with compound leaves and those with simple leaves. Metrics of compound leaf prevalence were then calculated for each plot and regression models that accounted for spatial autocorrelation were used to identify associations… CONTINUE READING
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