Leaf photosynthetic traits scale with hydraulic conductivity and wood density in Panamanian forest canopy trees

  title={Leaf photosynthetic traits scale with hydraulic conductivity and wood density in Panamanian forest canopy trees},
  author={Louis Stephen Santiago and Guillermo Goldstein and Frederick C. Meinzer and Joshua B. Fisher and Kleiton L.G. Machado and David R. Woodruff and Timothy J. Jones},
We investigated how water transport capacity, wood density and wood anatomy were related to leaf photosynthetic traits in two lowland forests in Panama. Leaf-specific hydraulic conductivity (kL) of upper branches was positively correlated with maximum rates of net CO2 assimilation per unit leaf area (Aarea) and stomatal conductance (gs) across 20 species of canopy trees. Maximum kL showed stronger correlation with Aarea than initial kL suggesting that allocation to photosynthetic potential is… 

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