Predicting photosynthetic light-response curves

Predicting photosynthetic light-response curves

Predicting pho­to­syn­thetic light-response curves

Photosynthetic light-response curves describe how leaf pho­to­syn­thesis changes with light intens­ity, but they are time-consuming to meas­ure, dif­fer between spe­cies and change depend­ing on the growth envir­on­ment of the leaf. Lachapelle and Shipley study plants of 25 herb­aceous spe­cies grown in four dif­fer­ent light and fer­til­ity envir­on­ments in an inter­spe­cific con­text and show that light-response curves can be pre­dicted on the basis of two static leaf traits that are avail­able in large trait data­bases, namely spe­cific leaf mass and leaf nitro­gen content.

Annals of Botany Office.

The Annals of Botany Office is based at the University of Leicester.

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