Ecophysiological Traits May Explain the Abundance of Climbing Plant Species across the Light Gradient in a Temperate Rainforest

@inproceedings{Gianoli2012EcophysiologicalTM,
  title={Ecophysiological Traits May Explain the Abundance of Climbing Plant Species across the Light Gradient in a Temperate Rainforest},
  author={Ernesto Gianoli and Alfredo O. Salda{\~n}a and Mylthon Jim{\'e}nez-Castillo},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2012}
}
Climbing plants are a key component of rainforests, but mechanistic approaches to their distribution and abundance are scarce. In a southern temperate rainforest, we addressed whether the dominance of climbing plants across light environments is associated with the expression of ecophysiological traits. In mature forest and canopy gaps, we measured leaf size, specific leaf area, photosynthetic rate, and dark respiration in six of the most abundant woody vines. Mean values of traits and their… CONTINUE READING

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