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Leaf-trait variation explained by the hypothesis that plants maximize their canopy carbon export over the lifespan of leaves

McMurtrie, Ross; Dewar, Roderick


Measured values of four key leaf traits (leaf area per unit mass, nitrogen concentration, photosynthetic capacity, leaf lifespan) co-vary consistently within and among diverse biomes, suggesting convergent evolution across species. The same leaf traits co-vary consistently with the environmental conditions (light intensity, carbon-dioxide concentration, nitrogen supply) prevailing during leaf development. No existing theory satisfactorily explains all of these trends. Here, using a simple model...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Tree Physiology
DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tpr037


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