Show simple item record Zanne, Amy E. Lopez-Gonzalez, G. Coomes, David A. Ilic, Jugo Jansen, Steven Lewis, Simon L. Miller, Regis B. Swenson, Nathan G. Wiemann, Michael C. Chave, Jerome 2009-02-04T23:35:24Z 2009-02-04T23:35:24Z 2009-02-20
dc.identifier doi:10.5061/dryad.234
dc.identifier.citation Chave J, Coomes DA, Jansen S, Lewis SL, Swenson NG, Zanne AE (2009) Towards a worldwide wood economics spectrum. Ecology Letters 12(4): 351-366.
dc.description Wood performs several essential functions in plants, including mechanically supporting aboveground tissue, storing water and other resources, and transporting sap. Woody tissues are likely to face physiological, structural and defensive trade-offs. How a plant optimizes among these competing functions can have major ecological implications, which have been under-appreciated by ecologists compared to the focus they have given to leaf function. To draw together our current understanding of wood function, we identify and collate data on the major wood functional traits, including the largest wood density database to date (8412 taxa), mechanical strength measures and anatomical features, as well as clade-specific features such as secondary chemistry. We then show how wood traits are related to one another, highlighting functional trade-offs, and to ecological and demographic plant features (growth form, growth rate, latitude, ecological setting). We suggest that, similar to the manifold that tree species leaf traits cluster around the ‘leaf economics spectrum’, a similar ‘wood economics spectrum’ may be defined. We then discuss the biogeography, evolution and biogeochemistry of the spectrum, and conclude by pointing out the major gaps in our current knowledge of wood functional traits.
dc.relation.ispartofseries Ecology Letters
dc.relation.ispartofseries 12: 351–366
dc.relation.haspart doi:10.5061/dryad.234/1
dc.relation.isreferencedby doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01285.x
dc.relation.isreferencedby PMID:19243406
dc.subject evolution
dc.subject functional ecology
dc.subject plant economics
dc.subject trade-offs
dc.subject wood
dc.title Data from: Towards a worldwide wood economics spectrum
dc.type Article
prism.publicationName Ecology Letters
dryad.dansTransferDate 2017-08-29T11:58:04.462-0400

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