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Optimization can provide the fundamental link between leaf photosynthesis, gas exchange and water relations

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Deans, RM and Brodribb, TJ and Busch, FA and Farquhar, GD, Optimization can provide the fundamental link between leaf photosynthesis, gas exchange and water relations, Nature Plants, 6 pp. 1116-1125. ISSN 2055-0278 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1038/s41477-020-00760-6

Abstract

Tight coordination in the photosynthetic, gas exchange and water supply capacities of leaves is a globally conserved trend across land plants. Strong selective constraints on leaf carbon gain create the opportunity to use quantitative optimization theory to understand the connected evolution of leaf photosynthesis and water relations. We developed an analytical optimization model that maximizes the long-term rate of leaf carbon gain, given the carbon costs in building and maintaining stomata, leaf hydraulics and osmotic pressure. Our model demonstrates that selection for optimal gain should drive coordination between key photosynthetic, gas exchange and water relations traits. It also provides predictions of adaptation to drought and the relative costs of key leaf functional traits. Our results show that optimization in terms of carbon gain, given the carbon costs of physiological traits, successfully unites leaf photosynthesis and water relations and provides a quantitative framework to consider leaf functional evolution and adaptation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Plant physiology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Brodribb, TJ (Professor Tim Brodribb)
ID Code:151183
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2022-07-25
Last Modified:2022-07-25
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