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Leaf:wood allometry and functional traits explain variation in growth rate of rainforest trees

Plant growth rates drive ecosystem productivity and are a central element of a species’ ecological strategy. For seedlings grown under controlled conditions, a large...

Functional drought response in the Brachypodiumdistachyon species complex

Some polyploid species show enhanced physiological tolerance to drought compared with their progenitors. However, very few studies have examined the consistency of physiological drought...

Intraspecific variability in specific leaf area and niche occupancy

How functional traits modify species niche occupancy and community assembly is a vital question in ecology. He et al. measure specific leaf area for over 5000 plants with more than 1700 observational locations.

Maize nutrient uptake and photosynthesis in intercropping

Maize and wheat are globally important food crops. The two species can be grown as an intercrop, with substantial land sparing in the order...

Interactive effects of [CO2] and water availability on maritime pine

Evidence from this study indicates that elevated [CO2] not only can aggravate the effects of water deficit on photosynthetic performance and growth of maritime pine but also it can attenuate genotypic differences in drought tolerance as compared with those observed at current atmospheric [CO2].

Communities on infertile soils are less sensitive to climate change

Much evidence suggests that plant communities on infertile soils are relatively insensitive to increased water deficit caused by increasing temperature and/or decreasing precipitation. Harrison et...

Host tree phenology affects vascular epiphytes at the physiological, demographic and community level

The processes that govern diverse tropical plant communities have rarely been studied in life-forms other than trees. Structurally dependent vascular epiphytes, a major part...

Leaf display by conifer and angiosperm seedlings

The contemporary relegation of conifers mainly to cold or infertile sites has been ascribed to low competitive ability. Lusk et al. use 3-D modelling of...

Functional plasticity in the hydraulic system

Functional plasticity in a plant’s hydraulic architecture may constitute a mechanistic basis for anticipating the differential success of plant species in response to climate...

Leaf functional traits of invasive and native woody vines

Success of invasive plant species is thought to be linked with their higher leaf carbon fixation strategy. Osunkoya et al. (pp. 371–380) show that...

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Phylogeny, age and adaptive evolution of genus Allium

The genus Allium L., one of the largest monocotyledonous genera and one that includes many economically important crops with nutritional and medicinal...

Plants from different climates can react to drought in similar ways

How do plants react when circumstances change? One method can be to evolve a local adaptation. Another can be be phenotypic plasticity,...