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A grant from NSF will support a collaboration with soft matter physicists to characterize and model 3D flower mesophyll tissue

Two new preprints: genome size critical to mesophyll architecture in leaves

The major driver influencing variation in 3D leaf mesophyll organization is the allometry of genome size and cell size

TRY plant trait database - enhanced coverage and open access

Plant traits-the morphological, anatomical, physiological, biochemical and phenological characteristics of plants-determine how plants respond to environmental factors, affect other trophic levels, and influence ecosystem properties and their …

How does genome size constrain maximum metabolism?

New paper explains how genome size limits maximum photosynthesis via its effects on cell sizes and packing densities.

The scaling of genome size and cell size limits maximum rates of photosynthesis with implications for ecological strategies

A central challenge in plant ecology is to define the major axes of plant functional variation with direct con- sequences for fitness. Central to the three main components of plant fitness (growth, survival, and reproduction) is the rate of metabolic …

Hydraulic conductance, resistance, and resilience: how leaves of a tropical epiphyte respond to drought

PREMISE: Because of its broad range in the neotropical rainforest and within tree canopies, the tank bromeliad _Guzmania monostachia_ was investigated as a model of how varying leaf hydraulic conductance (Kleaf ) could help plants resist and recover …

Genome downsizing, physiological novelty, and the global dominance of flowering plants

The abrupt origin and rapid diversification of the flowering plants during the Cretaceous has long been considered an “abominable mystery.” While the cause of their high diversity has been attributed largely to coevolution with pollinators and …