New Paper in Journal of Ecology

posted 2 Mar 2019, 19:18 by Caio Guilherme Pereira   [ updated 27 Jun 2019, 12:15 ]
In our recent study, published in Journal of Ecology, we show that with declining soil phosphorus (P) availability across the Jurien Bay dune chronosequence (south-western Australia), the photosynthetic P-use efficiency (PPUE) of all investigated species from different families increased. Plants growing on the oldest, most nutrient‐impoverished soils exhibited similar CO2-exchange rates as plants growing on nutrient‐richer, younger soils, and extraordinarily high PPUE. This indicates convergence in leaf traits related to photosynthetic nutrient use on severely P‐impoverished sites.