Low rainfall-induced shift in leaf trait relationship within species along a semi-arid sandy land transect in northern China.

@article{Wei2011LowRS,
  title={Low rainfall-induced shift in leaf trait relationship within species along a semi-arid sandy land transect in northern China.},
  author={Haixia Wei and Bo Wu and Weilin Yang and Tianxiang Luo},
  journal={Plant biology},
  year={2011},
  volume={13 1},
  pages={
          85-92
        }
}
It is unclear whether the shift in leaf traits between species of high- and low-rainfall sites is caused by low rainfall or by species replacement, because leaf traits vary substantially among species and sites. Our objective was to test if the within-species relationship between specific leaf area (SLA) and leaf N concentration (N(mass) ) shifts across a rainfall gradient in the semi-arid sandy lands of northern China. Data for SLA and N(mass) of dominant species and related canopy and soil… CONTINUE READING

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