Ecology of Leaf Longevity

  • Kihachiro Kikuzawa
  • Martin J. Lechowicz

Part of the Ecological Research Monographs book series (ECOLOGICAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Kihachiro Kikuzawa, Martin J. Lechowicz
    Pages 1-6
  3. Kihachiro Kikuzawa, Martin J. Lechowicz
    Pages 7-21
  4. Kihachiro Kikuzawa, Martin J. Lechowicz
    Pages 23-39
  5. Kihachiro Kikuzawa, Martin J. Lechowicz
    Pages 41-56
  6. Kihachiro Kikuzawa, Martin J. Lechowicz
    Pages 57-65
  7. Kihachiro Kikuzawa, Martin J. Lechowicz
    Pages 67-76
  8. Kihachiro Kikuzawa, Martin J. Lechowicz
    Pages 77-86
  9. Kihachiro Kikuzawa, Martin J. Lechowicz
    Pages 87-97
  10. Kihachiro Kikuzawa, Martin J. Lechowicz
    Pages 99-108
  11. Kihachiro Kikuzawa, Martin J. Lechowicz
    Pages 109-119
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 121-147

About this book

Introduction

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 aspect of plant biology.

Keywords

Climate change Foliar function Forest ecology Phenology Plant adaptation

Authors and affiliations

  • Kihachiro Kikuzawa
    • 1
  • Martin J. Lechowicz
    • 2
  1. 1.Ishikawa Prefectural UniversityNonoichiJapan
  2. 2.Dept. BiologyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-4-431-53918-6
  • Copyright Information Springer 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-4-431-53917-9
  • Online ISBN 978-4-431-53918-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-0707
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-0715
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