Ecology of Leaf Longevity

Ecology of Leaf Longevity

by Kihachiro Kikuzawa, Martin J. Lechowicz


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Leaf longevity is a fundamental process underlying patterns of variation in foliar phenology and determining the distinction between deciduous and evergreen plant species. Variation in leaf longevity is associated with a wide array of differences in the physiology, anatomy, morphology and ecology of plants. This book brings together for the first time information scattered widely in the botanical literature to provide a clear and comprehensive introduction to the nature and significance of variation in leaf longevity. It traces the development of ideas about leaf longevity from the earliest descriptive studies to contemporary theory of leaf longevity as a key element in the function of leaves as photosynthetic organs. An understanding of variation in leaf longevity reveals much about the nature of adaptation at the whole plant level and provides fundamental insights into the basis of variation in plant productivity at the ecosystem level. The analysis of leaf longevity also provides a process-based perspective on phenological shifts associated with the changing climate. Readers will find this an informative synthesis summarizing and illustrating different views in a readily accessible narrative that draws attention to a central but too often unappreciated aspect of plant biology. The nature and causes of seasonal patterns in the birth and death of individual plant leaves are essential to the understanding of the health of plant communities, biomes, and consequently our planet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9784431547426
Publisher: Springer Japan
Publication date: 10/13/2014
Series: Ecological Research Monographs
Edition description: 2011
Pages: 147
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.01(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foliar Habit and Leaf Longevity

Chapter 2 Leaves: Evolution, ontogeny and death

Chapter 3 Quantifying Leaf Longevity

Chapter 4 Theories of Leaf Longevity

Chapter 5 Phylogenetic Variation in Leaf Longevity

Chapter 6 Key Elements of Foliar Function

Chapter 7 Endogenous Influences on Leaf Longevity

Chapter 8 Exogenous Influences on Leaf Longevity

Chapter 9 Biogeography of Leaf Longevity and Foliar habit

Chapter 10 Ecosystem perspectives on leaf longevity



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