Root traits are related to plant water-use among rangeland Mediterranean species

Florian Fort, Florence Volaire, Lydie Guilioni, Karim Barkaoui, Marie-Laure Navas, Catherine Roumet In the context of a global increase in the frequency and intensity of droughts under climate change, root traits need to be explored to better understand their influence on water-use strategies of plants and communities. Perennial Mediterranean herbaceous species are an interesting model…

Log moisture and moss growth under thinned and unthinned forest canopies

Sean R. Haughian and Katherine A. Frego Water availability is important for mosses, because they do not have roots; they simply absorb liquid water (directly through their leaves) from rainfall, dew, and surface flow. Many different species of moss seem to prefer living on rotting logs, and scientists have often attributed this tendency to the…