Drought resistance traits in Bromeliaceae

Jamie Males & Howard Griffiths The bromeliads are one of the world’s most diverse plant families, with species occurring in an extremely broad range of habitats across the tropical and subtropical Americas. The colonisation of new habitat types by different bromeliad lineages is known to have involved transitions in growth form (functional type), including switches…

Intraspecific variability and reaction norms of forest understory plant species traits

Julia I. Burton, Steven S. Perakis, Sean C. McKenzie, Caitlin E. Lawrence and Klaus J. Puettmann Plant traits are recognized as being increasingly important for understanding plant community assembly processes and predicting responses to changes in climate and disturbance regimes. Most approaches ignore trait variation within species, assuming individual species can be represented by a…

Predicting peatland carbon fluxes from non-destructive plant traits

Ellie M. Goud, Tim R. Moore and Nigel T. Roulet Plant functional traits, including morphological, physiological, and phenological characteristics, can influence the ratio between carbon (C) gains and losses by ecosystems, through effects on photosynthesis, respiration and litter decomposition rates. There is growing evidence that rates of C gas (carbon dioxide and methane) exchange (fluxes)…