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Differences in Leaf Temperature between Lianas and Trees in the Neotropical Canopy

Version 1 : Received: 19 April 2018 / Approved: 20 April 2018 / Online: 20 April 2018 (11:55:08 CEST)

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Guzmán Q., J.A.; Sánchez-Azofeifa, G.A.; Rivard, B. Differences in Leaf Temperature between Lianas and Trees in the Neotropical Canopy. Forests 2018, 9, 307. Guzmán Q., J.A.; Sánchez-Azofeifa, G.A.; Rivard, B. Differences in Leaf Temperature between Lianas and Trees in the Neotropical Canopy. Forests 2018, 9, 307.

Journal reference: Forests 2018, 9, 307
DOI: 10.3390/f9060307

Abstract

Leaf temperature (Tleaf) influences photosynthesis and respiration. Currently, there is a growing interest on including lianas in productivity models due to their increasing abundance, and their detrimental effects on net primary productivity in tropical environments. Therefore, understanding the differences of Tleaf between lianas and trees is important for future of forest on whole ecosystem productivity. Here we determined the displayed leaf temperature (Td= Tleaf – ambient temperature) of several species of lianas and their host trees during ENSO and non-ENSO years to evaluate if the presence of lianas affects the Td of their host trees, and if leaves of lianas and their host trees exhibit differences in Td. Our results suggest that close to midday, the presence of lianas does not affect the Td of their host trees; however, lianas tend to have higher values of Td than their hosts across seasons, in both ENSO and non-ENSO years. Although lianas and trees tend to have similar physiological-temperature responses, differences in Td could lead to significant differences in rates of photosynthesis and respiration based temperature response curves. Future models should thus consider differences in leaf temperature between these life forms to achieve robust predictions of productivity.

Subject Areas

gas exchange; leaf canopy temperature; life forms; thermography; woody vines

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