Variation in leaf anatomical traits from tropical to cold-temperate forests and linkage to ecosystem functions
He, NP; Liu, CC; Tian, M; Li, ML; Yang, H; Yu, GR; Guo, DL; Smith, MD; Yu, Q; Hou, JH
2018
Source PublicationFUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY
ISSN0269-8463
Volume32Issue:1Pages:10-19
AbstractLeaf anatomical traits may reflect plants adaption to environmental changes and influence ecosystem functions, as they regulate light absorption and gas exchange to some extent. Here, we hypothesized that leaf anatomical traits were closely related to gross primary productivity (GPP) because photosynthesis commonly occurs in the chloroplasts of palisade and spongy tissues in leaf. Eight leaf anatomical traits were measured in 916 plant species inhabiting from tropical to cold-temperate forests in eastern China: adaxial epidermis thickness (AD), abaxial epidermis thickness (AB), leaf thickness (LT), palisade tissue thickness (PT), and spongy tissue thickness (ST), palisade-spongy tissue ratio (PT/ST), palisade tissue-leaf thickness ratio (PT/LT), and spongy tissue-leaf thickness ratio (ST/LT). Leaf anatomical traits showed significant latitudinal patterns at species, plant functional group (PFG), and community levels (p<.05), and they differed between PFG and community. Temperature and precipitation were the main factors influencing AD, AB, PT/ST, and PT/LT, explaining 33-72% of the total variation at large scale. Furthermore, AB, LT, PT/ST, and PT/LT were significantly correlated with the aridity index. Our findings filled the data gap of plant anatomical traits at regional scales, and broadened current knowledge on the adaptation strategies of plant anatomical traits, which also provided new evidence for linkages of plant traits and functioning across natural communities. A is available for this article.
SubtypeJournal
Keywordgross primary production leaf palisade tissue thickness plant functional group trait water use efficiency
Subject AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology
WOS Subject ExtendedEcology
WOS KeywordOLEA-EUROPAEA L. ; LATITUDINAL VARIATION ; STOMATAL CONDUCTANCE ; WATER TRANSPORT ; EASTERN CHINA ; GAS-EXCHANGE ; RAIN-FOREST ; PLANT ; MORPHOLOGY ; FEATURES
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000419494600002
PublisherWILEY
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/43946
Collection生态系统网络观测与模拟院重点实验室_生态网络实验室
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He, NP,Liu, CC,Tian, M,et al. Variation in leaf anatomical traits from tropical to cold-temperate forests and linkage to ecosystem functions[J]. FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY,2018,32(1):10-19.
APA He, NP.,Liu, CC.,Tian, M.,Li, ML.,Yang, H.,...&Hou, JH.(2018).Variation in leaf anatomical traits from tropical to cold-temperate forests and linkage to ecosystem functions.FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY,32(1),10-19.
MLA He, NP,et al."Variation in leaf anatomical traits from tropical to cold-temperate forests and linkage to ecosystem functions".FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY 32.1(2018):10-19.
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