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Small tropical forest trees have a greater capacity to adjust carbon metabolism to long-term drought than large canopy trees

Bartholomew, D C; Bittencourt, P R L; da Costa, A C L; Banin, Lindsay F.; de Britto Costa, Patricia; Coughlin, Ingrid; Domingues, Tomas F; Ferreira, Leandro; Giles, A L; Mencuccini, Maurizio; Mercado, Lina; Miatto, Raquel C.; Meir, Patrick


The response of small understory trees to long‐term drought is vital in determining the future composition, carbon stocks and dynamics of tropical forests. Long‐term drought is, however, also likely to expose understory trees to increased light availability driven by drought‐induced mortality. Relatively little is known about the potential for understory trees to adjust their physiology to both decreasing water and increasing light availability. We analysed data on maximum photosynthetic...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Plant Cell and Environment
DOI: 10.1111/pce.13838
Access Rights: Open Access

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