Ecology of Leaf Longevity

Ecology of Leaf Longevity

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Leaf longevity is a fundamental process underlying patterns of variation in foliar phenology and determining the distinction between deciduous and evergreen plant species. Variation in leaf longevity is associated with a wide array of differences in the physiology, anatomy, morphology and ecology of plants. This book brings together for the first time information scattered widely in the botanical literature to provide a clear and comprehensive introduction to the nature and significance of variation in leaf longevity. It traces the development of ideas about leaf longevity from the earliest descriptive studies to contemporary theory of leaf longevity as a key element in the function of leaves as photosynthetic organs. An understanding of variation in leaf longevity reveals much about the nature of adaptation at the whole plant level and provides fundamental insights into the basis of variation in plant productivity at the ecosystem level. The analysis of leaf longevity also provides a process-based perspective on phenological shifts associated with the changing climate. Readers will find this an informative synthesis summarizing and illustrating different views in a readily accessible narrative that draws attention to a central but too often unappreciated aspect of plant biology. The nature and causes of seasonal patterns in the birth and death of individual plant leaves are essential to the understanding of the health of plant communities, biomes, and consequently our planet.Santiago LS, Wright SJ (2007) Leaf functional traits of tropical forest plants in relation to growth form. ... 22:309a€“334 Starr G, Oberbauer S (2003) Photosynthesis of arctic evergreens under snow: implications for tundra ecosystem carbon balance. ... Schmid B (1998) Plant foraging and dynamic competition between branches of Pinus sylvestris in contrasting light environments. Journal of Ecology 86:934a€“945 Suarez N (2003) Leaf longevity, construction, and maintenance costs of threeanbsp;...

Title:Ecology of Leaf Longevity
Author:Kihachiro Kikuzawa, Martin J. Lechowicz
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2011-06-21


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