Phylogenetic structural equation modelling reveals no need for an 'origin' of the leaf economics spectrum.

@article{Mason2016PhylogeneticSE,
  title={Phylogenetic structural equation modelling reveals no need for an 'origin' of the leaf economics spectrum.},
  author={Chase M Mason and Eric W Goolsby and Devon P Humphreys and Lisa A. Donovan},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2016},
  volume={19 1},
  pages={54-61}
}
The leaf economics spectrum (LES) is a prominent ecophysiological paradigm that describes global variation in leaf physiology across plant ecological strategies using a handful of key traits. Nearly a decade ago, Shipley et al. (2006) used structural equation modelling to explore the causal functional relationships among LES traits that give rise to their strong global covariation. They concluded that an unmeasured trait drives LES covariation, sparking efforts to identify the latent… CONTINUE READING
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