A test of the optimality approach to modelling canopy properties and CO 2 uptake by natural vegetation
Photosynthesis provides plants with their main building material, carbohydrates, and with the energy necessary to thrive and prosper in their environment. We expect, therefore, that natural vegetation would evolve optimally to maximize its net carbon profit (NCP), the difference between carbon acquired by photosynthesis and carbon spent on maintenance of the organs involved in its uptake. We modelled NCP for an optimal vegetation for a site in the wet-dry tropics of north Australia based on...[Show more]
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