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Variation in leaf functional traits of the Korean maple (Acer pseudosieboldianum) along an elevational gradient in a montane forest in Southern Korea

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Authors
Nam, Ki Jung; Lee, Eun Ju
Issue Date
2018-12-18
Publisher
BioMed Central
Citation
Journal of Ecology and Environment, 42(1):33
Keywords
Altitudinal gradientEnvironmental filteringFunctional traitsLeaf nitrogenSpecific leaf area
Abstract
Plant functional traits have been shown to be useful to understand how and why ecosystems and their components vary across environmental heterogeneity or gradients. This study investigated how plant functional (leaf) traits vary according to an elevation-associated environmental gradient. Environmental gradients (mean annual temperature and precipitation) were quantified, and leaf traits (leaf area, specific leaf area, leaf nitrogen, leaf phosphorus, leaf carbon, and leaf C/N ratio) of the understory woody plant species Acer pseudosieboldianum were examined across an elevational gradient ranging from 600 to 1200 m in a Baegunsan Mountain in Gwangyang-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea. The results showed that mean annual temperature and precipitation decreased and increased along with elevation, respectively. Leaf area of the plant species decreased slightly with increasing elevation, while specific leaf area did not differ significantly. Leaf nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon concentrations) were higher at high elevations, but leaf C/N ratio decreased with elevation.
ISSN
2288-1220
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/147072
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1186/s41610-018-0096-x
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