Photo Friday: Leaf Area in the Alps

Scott Trimble

January 8, 2021 at 11:05 pm | Updated January 8, 2021 at 11:05 pm | 2 min read

The first Photo Friday of the year has arrived! Here’s to a groundbreaking 2021!

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In conjunction with the LECA, PhyloAlps Project and Swiss Federal Research Institute (WSL), Louise Boulangeat measures functional traits throughout the Alps to model ecosystem functioning in order to better understand the link between human activities, biodiversity, and climate change.

The researchers have gathered genetics information on each of the 3500 alpine vegetal species, and are currently working through analysis of important functional traits, including Leaf Area using the CI-202 Portable Laser Leaf Area Meter! Other traits measured include vegetative and reproductive height, carbon and nitrogen ratio, and Leaf Dry Matter Content.

Using information gathered with tools like the CI-202, Louise and her team are making groundbreaking strides in understanding the capaicity of plants to survive, colonize, and grow in specific habitats.

Links to their research:

Ecography 2020, Camille Martinez et al. : Climate, soil resources and microbial activity shape the distributions of mountain plants based on their functional traits.

Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 2020, Pavel Dan Turtureanu et al. : Biogeography of intraspecific trait variability in matgrass (Nardus stricta): High phenotypic variation at the local scale exceeds large scale variability patterns.

Journal of Ecology 2017, Luisa Conti et al. : Functionnal trait differences and trait plasticity mediate biotic resistance to potential plant invaders

Journal of Ecology 2017, Loïc Chalmandrier et al. : Spatial scale and intraspecific trait variability mediate assembly rules in alpine grasslands

Ecography 2012, Francesco de Bello et al. : Hierarchical effects of environmental filters on the functional structure of plant communities: a case study in the French Alps

Global Change Biology 2012, Isabelle Boulangeat et al. : Improving plant functional groups for dynamic models of biodiversity: at the crossroads between functional and community ecology

Functional Ecology 2010, Cécile Albert et al. : A multi-trait approach reveals the structure and the relative importance of intra vs interspecific variability in plant traits

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