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The influence of leaf size and shape on leaf thermal dynamics: Does theory hold up under natural conditions?

Leigh, Andrea; Sevanto, S.; Close, John; Nicotra, Adrienne


Laboratory studies on artificial leaves suggest that leaf thermal dynamics are strongly influenced by the two-dimensional size and shape of leaves and associated boundary layer thickness. Hot environments are therefore said to favour selection for small, narrow or dissected leaves. Empirical evidence from real leaves under field conditions is scant and traditionally based on point measurements that do not capture spatial variation in heat load. We used thermal imagery under field conditions to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017-01-10
Type: Journal article
Source: Plant Cell and Environment
DOI: 10.1111/pce.12857
Access Rights: Open Access


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