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Author (up) Fortunel, C.; Stahl, C.; Heuret, P.; Nicolini, E.; Baraloto, C. doi  openurl
  Title Disentangling the effects of environment and ontogeny on tree functional dimensions for congeneric species in tropical forests Type Journal Article
  Year 2020 Publication New Phytologist Abbreviated Journal New Phytol.  
  Volume 226 Issue 2 Pages 385-395  
  Keywords chemistry; developmental stage; habitats; Micropholis; morphology; physiology; plant traits; seasons; developmental stage; ecosystem function; forest ecosystem; habitat selection; habitat structure; nutrient availability; ontogeny; physiological response; soil water; taxonomy; tropical forest; Amazonia  
  Abstract Soil water and nutrient availability are key drivers of tree species distribution and forest ecosystem functioning, with strong species differences in water and nutrient use. Despite growing evidence for intraspecific trait differences, it remains unclear under which circumstances the effects of environmental gradients trump those of ontogeny and taxonomy on important functional dimensions related to resource use, particularly in tropical forests. Here, we explore how physiological, chemical, and morphological traits related to resource use vary between life stages in four species within the genus Micropholis that is widespread in lowland Amazonia. Specifically, we evaluate how environment, developmental stage, and taxonomy contribute to single-trait variation and multidimensional functional strategies. We find that environment, developmental stage, and taxonomy differentially contribute to functional dimensions. Habitats and seasons shape physiological and chemical traits related to water and nutrient use, whereas developmental stage and taxonomic identity impact morphological traits –especially those related to the leaf economics spectrum. Our findings suggest that combining environment, ontogeny, and taxonomy allows for a better understanding of important functional dimensions in tropical trees and highlights the need for integrating tree physiological and chemical traits with classically used morphological traits to improve predictions of tropical forests’ responses to environmental change. © 2019 The Authors New Phytologist © 2019 New Phytologist Trust  
  Address Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33133, United States  
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  Publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd Place of Publication Editor  
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  ISSN 0028646x (Issn) ISBN Medium  
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  Call Number EcoFoG @ webmaster @ Serial 977  
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