Structural defence is coupled with the leaf economic spectrum across saplings of spiny species

Mohammed Armani, Uromi M. Goodale, Tristan Charles-Dominique, Kasey E. Barton, Xin Yao & Kyle W. Tomlinson
Given that the rate of resource capture constrains plant growth and defence, understanding the linkage between the leaf economic spectrum (LES) and defence and how it contributes to growth is central to predicting species performance. In spite of the prevalence of spiny plants in many plant communities, little is known about how the LES relates to defence and growth rate across these species. We grew 42 spiny species, from diverse environments, under common garden conditions...
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