Journal article

Does root respiration in Australian rainforest tree seedlings acclimate to experimental warming?

Nam Jin Noh, Kristine Y Crous, Jinquan Li, Zineb Choury, Craig VM Barton, Stefan K Arndt, Peter B Reich, Mark G Tjoelker, Elise Pendall

Tree Physiology | Published : 2020


Plant respiration can acclimate to changing environmental conditions and vary between species as well as biome types, although belowground respiration responses to ongoing climate warming are not well understood. Understanding the thermal acclimation capacity of root respiration (Rroot) in relation to increasing temperatures is therefore critical in elucidating a key uncertainty in plant function in response to warming. However, the degree of temperature acclimation of Rroot in rainforest trees and how root chemical and morphological traits are related to acclimation is unknown. Here we investigated the extent to which respiration of fine roots (≤2 mm) of four tropical and four warm-temperat..

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