Photo Friday: Leaf Area in the Alps
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!
About the photos:
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:
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.
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