The leaf development process and its significance for reducing self-shading of a tropical pioneer tree species

@article{Yamada2000TheLD,
  title={The leaf development process and its significance for reducing self-shading of a tropical pioneer tree species},
  author={Toshihiro Yamada and Toshinori Okuda and Makmom Abdullah and Muhamad Awang and Akio Furukawa},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2000},
  volume={125},
  pages={476-482}
}
Abstract. On a monoaxial erect stem of trees with continuous leafing, the older leaves would be quickly shaded by newer (upper) leaves if the trees did not have any compensating mechanisms to avoid self-shading. We hypothesized that the dynamic adjustment of leaf deployment, by regulating the patterns of leaf growth and by changing leaf orientation as leaves age, is a compensating mechanism. To verify this hypothesis, we analyzed leaf development and crown structure of a Far Eastern tropical… 

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