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Leaf structure (specific leaf area) modulates photosynthesis-nitrogen relations: evidence from within and across species and functional groups



Leaf structure (specific leaf area) modulates photosynthesis-nitrogen relations: evidence from within and across species and functional groups



Functional Ecology 12(6): 948-958



Variation in leaf structure has been identified as an important factor associated with differences between the area-and mass-based expressions of the relationship between net photosynthetic capacity (Amax-) and leaf nitrogen (N) content. In this paper the hypothesis is tested that leaf structure, quantified using a measure of leaf area displayed per unit dry mass invested (specific leaf area (SLA)), is more than just a conversion factor, but itself can influence Amax-N relationships.

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DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2435.1998.00274.x


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