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Hydraulic and photosynthetic co-ordination in seasonally dry tropical forest trees

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Brodribb, TJ and Holbrook, NM and Gutierrez, MV (2002) Hydraulic and photosynthetic co-ordination in seasonally dry tropical forest trees. Plant, Cell and Environment, 25 (11). pp. 1435-1444. ISSN 0140-7791

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Abstract

In the present study the linkage between hydraulic, photosynthetic
and phenological properties of tropical dry forest
trees were investigated. Seasonal patterns of stem-specific
conductivity (
K
SP
) described from 12 species, including
deciduous, brevi-deciduous and evergreen species, indicated
that only evergreen species were consistent in their
response to a dry-to-wet season transition. In contrast,
K
SP
in deciduous and brevi-deciduous species encompassed a
range of responses, from an insignificant increase in
K
SP
following rains in some species, to a nine-fold increase in
others. Amongst deciduous species, the minimum
K
SP
during
the dry season ranged from 6 to 56% of wet season
K
SP,
indicating in the latter case that a significant portion of the
xylem remained functional during the dry season. In all
species and all seasons, leaf-specific stem conductivity (
K
L
)
was strongly related to the photosynthetic capacity of the
supported foliage, although leaf photosynthesis became
saturated in species with high
K
L
. The strength of this correlation
was surprising given that much of the whole-plant
resistance appears to be in the leaves. Hydraulic capacity,
defined as the product of
K
L
and the soil–leaf water potential
difference, was strongly correlated with the photosynthetic
rate of foliage in the dry season, but only weakly
correlated in the wet season.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: fluorescence; hydraulic conductivity; phenology; photosynthesis; tropical dry forest.
Journal or Publication Title: Plant, Cell and Environment
Page Range: pp. 1435-1444
ISSN: 0140-7791
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-3040.2002.00919.x
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Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2007 03:09
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:25
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