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Nitrogen and water effects on functional traits

Nitrogen and water effects on functional traits
Nitrogen and water effects on functional traits

Changes in resource supply can have significant effects on plant functional traits. Ren et al. conduct a field study to examine the responses of five herbaceous perennial steppe species to variations in nitrogen and water supply. They find that addition of N and water both reduce leaf longevity, and soil water availability may play a fundamental role in determining this and other leaf traits, with its effects being modified by soil N availability in semi-arid areas.

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