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Short-term effects of drought on tropical forest do not fully predict impacts of repeated or long-term drought: gas exchange versus growth

Meir, Patrick; Mencuccini, Maurizio; Binks, Oliver; da Costa, Antonio Carlos Lola; Ferreira, Leandro; Rowland, L.


Are short-term responses by tropical rainforest to drought (e.g. during El Niño) sufficient to predict changes over the long-term, or from repeated drought? Using the world’s only long-term (16-year) drought experiment in tropical forest we examine predictability from short-term measurements (1 – 2 years). Transpiration was maximized in droughted forest: it consumed all available throughfall throughout the 16 years of study. Leaf photosynthetic capacity ðVcmax Þ was maintained, but only when...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018-10-08
Type: Journal article
Source: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2017.0311
Access Rights: Open Access


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