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Seasonal patterns of foliage respiration in dominant and suppressed Eucalyptus globulus canopies


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O'Grady, AP, Eyles, A, Worlege, D and Battaglia, M 2010 , 'Seasonal patterns of foliage respiration in dominant and suppressed Eucalyptus globulus canopies' , Tree Physiology, vol. 30 , pp. 957-968 , doi: 10.1093/treephys/tpq057.

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We examined spatial and temporal dynamics of
foliage respiration in canopies of dominant and suppressed
Eucalyptus globulus trees to better understand processes
regulating foliage respiration in a young fast-growing stand.
Temperature response functions and seasonal measures of
respiration (measured at a reference temperature of 15 °C,
R15) were studied for ∼1 year to (i) examine controls on respiration
as a function of canopy position, foliar nitrogen and
non-structural carbohydrate concentrations and (ii) assess the
capacity for thermal acclimation within E. globulus canopies.
The short-term temperature response of respiration varied
both with canopy position and seasonally. Area-based R15
measurements declined with increasing canopy depth and
were strongly related to foliar N concentrations, especially
in upper-canopy positions. R15 was negatively correlated with
the average temperature of the preceding 14 days, a pattern
consistent with thermal acclimation. In suppressed canopies,
R15 was higher than that at similar canopy heights in dominant
trees. Similarly, foliar concentrations of non-structural
carbohydrates were also relatively higher in suppressed canopies
than dominant canopies, providing support for a substrate-
based model of leaf respiration. Our data highlight
the dynamic nature of foliar respiration within E. globulus
canopies, which contrasts with the generally simplistic representation
of respiration within most process-based models.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:O'Grady, AP and Eyles, A and Worlege, D and Battaglia, M
Keywords: Eucalyptus, non-structural carbohydrates, size class distributions, thermal acclimation.
Journal or Publication Title: Tree Physiology
ISSN: 0829-318X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1093/treephys/tpq057
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