Potential growth and drought tolerance of eight desert grasses: lack of a trade-off?

  title={Potential growth and drought tolerance of eight desert grasses: lack of a trade-off?},
  author={Roberto J. Fern{\'a}ndez and James F. Reynolds},
Eight perennial C-4 grasses from the Jornada del Muerto Basin in southern New Mexico show five-fold differences in relative growth rates under well- watered conditions (RGRmax). In a controlled environment, we tested the hypothesis that there is an inverse relationship (trade-off) between RGRmax and the capacity of these species to tolerate drought. We examined both physiological (gas exchange) and morphological (biomass allocation, leaf properties) determinants of growth for these eight… CONTINUE READING
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