Influences of heterotrophic and autotrophic resource use on carbon and hydrogen isotopic compositions of tropical tree leaves.

The delta13C and SD values of newly emerging to senescing tree leaves produced during a rainy season were obtained in dry seasonal and moist forest in Panamá. Newly emerging leaves had less negative delta13C values than older leaves yet instantaneous pi/pa was never lowest in the youngest leaves. Furthermore, isotopic enrichment during early growth may have… CONTINUE READING