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Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Ehleringer, J. R.
Field, C. B.
Lin, Zhi-fang
Kuo, Chun-yen
Title: Leaf carbon isotope and mineral composition in subtropical plants along an irradiance cline
Date: 1986
Source: Oecologia
DOI: 10.1007/BF00379898
Abstract: Leaf carbon isotope ratios and leaf mineral composition (Ca, K, Mg, Mn, N, and P) were measured on the dominant species along an irradiance cline in a subtropical monsoon forest of southern China. This irradiance cline resulted from disturbance caused by fuel-harvesting. Leaf carbon isotope ratios increased from undisturbed to disturbed sites for all species, indicating that leaf intercellular CO₂ concentrations decreased and leaf water use efficiencies increased along this cline. Nitrogen and magnesium levels were lower in leaves of species on the disturbed sites, but there were no clear patterns for calcium, potassium, phosphorus or manganese.
Date Created: 5/15/2019
Volume: 70
Number: 4
Page Start: 520
Page End: 526