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  • 6 years ago
FE: Justin Wright talks with Alan Knapp for Functional Ecology

FE: Justin Wright talks with Alan Knapp for Functional Ecology

Recent analysis of global datasets has shown that plants are constrained in how they allocate resources to their leaves, with trade-offs between building sturdy leaves with a long lifespan that are inefficient in capturing light or building flimsy leaves with a short lifespan and high efficiency. However, it is unknown whether similar patterns occur at more local scales, particularly when you consider the same plant species growing under different conditions. In this study, Justin P. Wright talks with Alan Knapp about the surprising results of examining the effects of varying nitrogen availability and water table depth on the form and function of leaves of over 20 species of wetland plants and what that means for ecologists looking to predict how the addition or subtraction of species will affect the way that ecosystems function.

Read the paper here: http://bit.ly/XTUD5H or the lay summary here: http://bit.ly/142W5Gh

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