Leaf functional traits of invasive and native woody vines

An invasive plant

Success of invas­ive plant spe­cies is thought to be linked with their higher leaf car­bon fix­a­tion strategy. Osunkoya et al. (pp. 371–380) show that there is lim­ited dif­fer­ence in trait plas­ti­city between exotic invas­ive and nat­ive vines in leaf struc­tural, nutri­ent and physiolo­gical char­ac­ter­ist­ics; how­ever, over­all trait co-ordination is bet­ter in the invas­ives, and lower con­struc­tion costs and higher pho­to­syn­thetic energy use effi­ciency can account for their rapid spread where introduced.

Editor Pat Heslop-Harrison. ORCID 0000-0002-3105-2167

Pat Heslop-Harrison is Professor of Molecular Cytogenetics and Cell Biology at the University of Leicester. He is also Chief Editor of Annals of Botany.