Genotypic and environmental variation in specific leaf area in a widespread Alpine plant after transplantation to different altitudes

@article{Scheepens2010GenotypicAE,
  title={Genotypic and environmental variation in specific leaf area in a widespread Alpine plant after transplantation to different altitudes},
  author={J F Scheepens and Eva Frei and J{\"u}rg St{\"o}cklin},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2010},
  volume={164},
  pages={141-150}
}
Specific leaf area (SLA) is an important plant functional trait as it is an indicator of ecophysiological characteristics like relative growth rate, stress tolerance and leaf longevity. Substantial intraspecific variation in SLA is common and usually correlates with environmental conditions. For instance, SLA decreases with increasing altitude, which is understood as adjustment to temperature. It is generally assumed that intraspecific variation is mostly the result of environmentally induced… CONTINUE READING
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