Morphological and phenological shoot plasticity in a Mediterranean evergreen oak facing long-term increased drought

@article{Limousin2011MorphologicalAP,
  title={Morphological and phenological shoot plasticity in a Mediterranean evergreen oak facing long-term increased drought},
  author={J M Limousin and Serge Rambal and Jean-Marc Ourcival and Jes{\'u}s Rodr{\'i}guez-Calcerrada and Ignacio M. P{\'e}rez-Ramos and Raquel Rodr{\'i}guez-Cortina and Laurent Misson and Richard Joffre},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2011},
  volume={169},
  pages={565-577}
}
Mediterranean trees must adjust their canopy leaf area to the unpredictable timing and severity of summer drought. The impact of increased drought on the canopy dynamics of the evergreen Quercus ilex was studied by measuring shoot growth, leaf production, litterfall, leafing phenology and leaf demography in a mature forest stand submitted to partial throughfall exclusion for 7 years. The leaf area index rapidly declined in the throughfall-exclusion plot and was 19% lower than in the control… CONTINUE READING
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