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Co-limitation of photosynthetic capacity by nitrogen and\ud phosphorus in West Africa woodlands

By Thomas Ferreira Domingues, Patrick Meir, Ted R. Feldpausch, Gustavo Saiz, Elmar M. Veenendaal, Franziska Schrodt, Michael Bird, Gloria Djagbletey, Fidele Hien, Halidou Compaore, Adama Diallo, John Grace and Jon Lloyd


Photosynthetic leaf traits were determined for savanna and\ud forest ecosystems inWest Africa, spanning a large range in\ud precipitation. Standardized major axis fits revealed important differences between our data and reported global\ud relationships. Especially for sites in the drier areas, plants showed higher photosynthetic rates for a given N or P when compared with relationships from the global data set. The best multiple regression for the pooled data set estimated Vcmax and Jmax from NDW and S.However, the best regression for different vegetation types varied, suggesting that the scaling of photosynthesis with leaf traits changed with vegetation types.A new model is presented representing independent constraints by N and P on photosynthesis, which\ud can be evaluated with or without interactions with S. It\ud assumes that limitation of photosynthesis will result from\ud the least abundant nutrient, thereby being less sensitive\ud to the allocation of the non-limiting nutrient to nonphotosynthetic pools. The model predicts an optimum proportionality for N and P, which is distinct for Vcmax and Jmax and inversely proportional to S. Initial tests showed the model to predict Vcmax and Jmax successfully for other tropical forests characterized by a range of different foliar N and P concentrations

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1365-3040.2010.02119.x
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