Skip to Main Content
Changes in defense traits of young leaves in subtropical forests successionAuthor(s): Taotao Han; Jun Wang; Hai Ren; Huilin Yi; Qianmei Zhang; Qinfeng Guo
Source: Plant Ecology
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Southern Research Station
Download Publication (337.0 KB)
DescriptionPlants develop diverse adaptive traits in changeable environments, yet whether plant defense traits change during succession remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the young leaf physical traits (i.e., upright orientation of leaves, trichomes, an enhanced cuticle, and a multilayered epidermis) and leaf color trait (i.e., red pigmentation) of dominant plants in three subtropical forests. These forests included a pioneer forest, a mixed coniferous-broadleaved forest, and a monsoon-evergreen broadleaved forest representing early, middle, and later successional stages, respectively. Our results show that the red color trait in young leaves is related to antiherbivory defense, and the percentage of species with red young leaves is higher in later than in early succession. Physical defense tends to be weaker for red young leaves than for green young leaves in early and middle successions. In addition, the number of defense traits of young leaves increases with succession. We speculate that young leaves in subtropical forests depend increasingly on multiple defense traits during succession because of the increased biotic stresses and environmental complexity in later succession.
- You may send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a hard copy of this publication.
- (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationHan, T., J. Wang, H. Ren, H. Yi, Q. Zhang and Q. Guo. 2019. Changes in defense traits of young leaves in subtropical forests succession. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11258-019-00916-1. Plant Ecology 220:305–320 pp.
KeywordsAdaptation, Environmental stress, Multiple defense, Red leaves, Successional stage
- Are reproductive traits of dominant species associated with specific resource allocation strategies during forest succession in southern China?
- Costs of induced defenses for the invasive plant houndstongue (Cynoglossum officinale L.) and the potential importance for weed biocontrol
- A multi-trait test of the leaf-height-seed plant strategy scheme with 133 species from a pine forest flora
XML: View XML