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Diversity in nighttime transpiration behavior of woody species of the Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

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Rosado, Bruno H. P. [1] ; Oliveira, Rafael S. [1] ; Joly, Carlos A. [1] ; Aidar, Marcos P. M. [2] ; Burgess, Stephen S. O. [3, 4]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Univ Estadual Campinas, Dept Biol Vegetal, IB, Campinas, SP - Brazil
[2] Inst Bot, Secao Fisiol & Bioquim Plantas, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[3] Univ Sydney, Fac Agr Food & Nat Resources, Sydney, NSW 2006 - Australia
[4] Univ Western Australia, Sch Plant Biol, Perth, WA 6009 - Australia
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: Agricultural and Forest Meteorology; v. 158, p. 13-20, JUN 15 2012.
Web of Science Citations: 30

Nighttime transpiration (NT) has been documented in many plant species but we do not yet have a thorough understanding of the abiotic and biotic controls of this phenomenon. In this study we examined interspecific variation in NT behaviors in plants with distinct crown exposures (CE) and occurring at lowland (100 m) and montane forests (1000 m) in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest to answer the following questions: are there different NT behaviors in plants subjected to distinct conditions associated with degree of CE and/or altitude? Are there higher rates of NT relative to daily maximum values at the montane forest due to higher vapor pressure deficit (VPD)? Taking into account that low VPD should generally produce low relative NT fluxes, should we expect that understory species in both altitudes will have quite uniform low relative rates of NT in comparison to overstory species owing to the buffered nature of within-canopy microclimate? NT did show differences between altitude and species. Of most significance was a prominent non-linear relationship between the NT and VPD, observed at the montane site. This non-linearity is in contrast to most previously published NT kinetics and suggests stomatal and/or leaf energy balance controls on NT. Our findings raise a new perspective concerning thermodynamic contributions to non-linear NT kinetics and some possible reasons for this interesting behavior are discussed. (C) 2012 Elsevier BM. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 03/12595-7 - Floristic composition, structure and functioning of the Dense Rainforest nuclei of Picinguaba and Santa Virgínia of Parque Estadual da Serra do Mar, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Grantee:Carlos Alfredo Joly
Support type: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants