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Evidence for facultative deciduousness in Colophospermum mopane in semi-arid African savannas

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Leaf phenology dictates the time available for carbon assimilation, transpiration and nutrient uptake in plants. Understanding the environmental cues that control phenology is therefore vital for predicting climate-related changes to plant and ecosystem function. In contrast to temperate systems, and to a lesser degree, tropical forest systems, the cues initiating leaf drop in tropical savannas are poorly studied. We investigated the cues for leaf fall in a tropical monodominant arid savanna ...

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10.1111/aec.12302

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Stevens, N More by this author
Archibald, SA More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Primary Care Health Sciences
Swemmer, A More by this author
Scholes, RJ More by this author
Journal:
Austral Ecology
Publication date:
2015-10-05
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ISSN:
1442-9985
URN:
uuid:2811d742-5789-47f4-bca2-3074df58d2f7
Source identifiers:
546929
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pubs:546929

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