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Leaf Caloric Value from Tropical to Cold-Temperate Forests: Latitudinal Patterns and Linkage to Productivity.

Song G, Hou J, Li Y, Zhang J, He N - PLoS ONE (2016)

Bottom Line: Our results showed that LCV for all species ranged from 12.85 to 22.15 KJ g-1 with an average of 18.46 KJ g-1.Plant functional groups had a significant influence on LCV, with trees > shrubs > herbs, conifers > broadleaved trees, and evergreens > deciduous trees.Unexpectedly, no apparent latitudinal trends of LCV at community level were observed, although LCV at the species level clearly decreased with increasing latitude.

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Affiliation: Key Laboratory for Forest Resources & Ecosystem Processes of Beijing, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, 100083, China.

ABSTRACT
Leaf caloric value (LCV) reflects the capacity of a leaf to fix and accumulate solar energy through photosynthesis. We systematically investigated the LCV of 745 plant species in 9 forests, representing a range of tropical to cold-temperate forests along the 4700-km North-South Transect of Eastern China. The goals were to explore the latitudinal patterns of LCV at the levels of species, plant functional group, and community and to establish the relationship between LCV and gross primary productivity (GPP). Our results showed that LCV for all species ranged from 12.85 to 22.15 KJ g-1 with an average of 18.46 KJ g-1. Plant functional groups had a significant influence on LCV, with trees > shrubs > herbs, conifers > broadleaved trees, and evergreens > deciduous trees. The different values of LCV represented the long-term evolution and adaptation of plant species to different environments. Unexpectedly, no apparent latitudinal trends of LCV at community level were observed, although LCV at the species level clearly decreased with increasing latitude. Use efficiency of LCV (CUE, gC KJ-1), defined as the ratio of GPP to total LCV at the community level, varied quadratic with latitude and was lower in the middle latitudes. Climate (temperature and precipitation) may explain 52.9% of the variation in spatial patterns of CUE, which was positively correlated with aridity. Our findings are the first large-scale report of the latitudinal patterns of LCV in forests at the species, plant functional group, and community levels and provide new insights into the relationship between LCV and ecosystem functions in forest communities.

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Latitudinal trends of leaf caloric values at the species, plant functional group (PFG), and community levels in Chinese forests.LCVT, LCVs, and LCVH, the average of leaf caloric value for the relative leaf biomass of trees, shrubs, and herbs, respectively. Only significant regression (p < 0.05) is given. *, p < 0.05; **, p < 0.01.
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pone.0157935.g004: Latitudinal trends of leaf caloric values at the species, plant functional group (PFG), and community levels in Chinese forests.LCVT, LCVs, and LCVH, the average of leaf caloric value for the relative leaf biomass of trees, shrubs, and herbs, respectively. Only significant regression (p < 0.05) is given. *, p < 0.05; **, p < 0.01.

Mentions: At the species level, LCV linearly decreased with increasing latitudes (R2 = 0.08, p < 0.001, Fig 4A). At the PFG level, LCVS decreased clearly with increasing latitude (R2 = 0.17, p = 0.019), but similar trends were not observed for LCVT or LCVH (Fig 4B). Scaling up to the community level, LCVCWM showed no significant latitude pattern (Fig 4C).


Leaf Caloric Value from Tropical to Cold-Temperate Forests: Latitudinal Patterns and Linkage to Productivity.

Song G, Hou J, Li Y, Zhang J, He N - PLoS ONE (2016)

Latitudinal trends of leaf caloric values at the species, plant functional group (PFG), and community levels in Chinese forests.LCVT, LCVs, and LCVH, the average of leaf caloric value for the relative leaf biomass of trees, shrubs, and herbs, respectively. Only significant regression (p < 0.05) is given. *, p < 0.05; **, p < 0.01.
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pone.0157935.g004: Latitudinal trends of leaf caloric values at the species, plant functional group (PFG), and community levels in Chinese forests.LCVT, LCVs, and LCVH, the average of leaf caloric value for the relative leaf biomass of trees, shrubs, and herbs, respectively. Only significant regression (p < 0.05) is given. *, p < 0.05; **, p < 0.01.
Mentions: At the species level, LCV linearly decreased with increasing latitudes (R2 = 0.08, p < 0.001, Fig 4A). At the PFG level, LCVS decreased clearly with increasing latitude (R2 = 0.17, p = 0.019), but similar trends were not observed for LCVT or LCVH (Fig 4B). Scaling up to the community level, LCVCWM showed no significant latitude pattern (Fig 4C).

Bottom Line: Our results showed that LCV for all species ranged from 12.85 to 22.15 KJ g-1 with an average of 18.46 KJ g-1.Plant functional groups had a significant influence on LCV, with trees > shrubs > herbs, conifers > broadleaved trees, and evergreens > deciduous trees.Unexpectedly, no apparent latitudinal trends of LCV at community level were observed, although LCV at the species level clearly decreased with increasing latitude.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Key Laboratory for Forest Resources & Ecosystem Processes of Beijing, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, 100083, China.

ABSTRACT
Leaf caloric value (LCV) reflects the capacity of a leaf to fix and accumulate solar energy through photosynthesis. We systematically investigated the LCV of 745 plant species in 9 forests, representing a range of tropical to cold-temperate forests along the 4700-km North-South Transect of Eastern China. The goals were to explore the latitudinal patterns of LCV at the levels of species, plant functional group, and community and to establish the relationship between LCV and gross primary productivity (GPP). Our results showed that LCV for all species ranged from 12.85 to 22.15 KJ g-1 with an average of 18.46 KJ g-1. Plant functional groups had a significant influence on LCV, with trees > shrubs > herbs, conifers > broadleaved trees, and evergreens > deciduous trees. The different values of LCV represented the long-term evolution and adaptation of plant species to different environments. Unexpectedly, no apparent latitudinal trends of LCV at community level were observed, although LCV at the species level clearly decreased with increasing latitude. Use efficiency of LCV (CUE, gC KJ-1), defined as the ratio of GPP to total LCV at the community level, varied quadratic with latitude and was lower in the middle latitudes. Climate (temperature and precipitation) may explain 52.9% of the variation in spatial patterns of CUE, which was positively correlated with aridity. Our findings are the first large-scale report of the latitudinal patterns of LCV in forests at the species, plant functional group, and community levels and provide new insights into the relationship between LCV and ecosystem functions in forest communities.

No MeSH data available.


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