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Leaf scale attributes of trees in several diverse ecosystems of tropical Australia as determinants of tree, canopy and ecosystem function

Funding: 2000: $48,000
2001: $66,000
2002: $50,000

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Large Grant)

Start year: 2000

Summary: This project will provide detailed descriptions of leaf-scale properties (including but not limited to leaf lifespan, N and P content, specific leaf area, assimilation rate) of all dominant species in four diverse ecosystems of the NT, along with measures of water, light, nitrogen and phosphoruous availability within those systems. These leaf-scale attributes will be used to examine relationships between resource availability, plant strategy, and plant and canopy attibutes, thereby providing insight into how resource availability influences plant functional type and ecosystem function.

FOR Codes: Forest and wooded lands, Coastal zone, Terrestrial Ecology, Landscape Ecology, Plant Physiology, Terrestrial ecology , Plant physiology