Title
Comparison of dwarf bamboos (**Indocalamus** sp.) leaf parameters to determine relationship between spatial density of plants and total leaf area per plantComparison of dwarf bamboos (**Indocalamus** sp.) leaf parameters to determine relationship between spatial density of plants and total leaf area per plant
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Bioscience Engineering
Research group
Environmental Ecology & Microbiology (ENdEMIC)
Publication type
article
Publication
[Oxford] :Wiley-Blackwekk,
Subject
Chemistry
Biology
Engineering sciences. Technology
Source (journal)
Ecology and evolution. - [Oxford], 2011, currens
Volume/pages
5(2015):20, p. 4578-4589
ISSN
2045-7758
ISI
000363731500008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The relationship between spatial density and size of plants is an important topic in plant ecology. The self-thinning rule suggests a −3/2 power between average biomass and density or a −1/2 power between stand yield and density. However, the self-thinning rule based on total leaf area per plant and density of plants has been neglected presumably because of the lack of a method that can accurately estimate the total leaf area per plant. We aimed to find the relationship between spatial density of plants and total leaf area per plant. We also attempted to provide a novel model for accurately describing the leaf shape of bamboos. We proposed a simplified Gielis equation with only two parameters to describe the leaf shape of bamboos one model parameter represented the overall ratio of leaf width to leaf length. Using this method, we compared some leaf parameters (leaf shape, number of leaves per plant, ratio of total leaf weight to aboveground weight per plant, and total leaf area per plant) of four bamboo species of genus Indocalamus Nakai (I. pedalis (Keng) P.C. Keng, I. pumilus Q.H. Dai and C.F. Keng, I. barbatus McClure, and I. victorialis P.C. Keng). We also explored the possible correlation between spatial density and total leaf area per plant using log-linear regression. We found that the simplified Gielis equation fit the leaf shape of four bamboo species very well. Although all these four species belonged to the same genus, there were still significant differences in leaf shape. Significant differences also existed in leaf area per plant, ratio of leaf weight to aboveground weight per plant, and leaf length. In addition, we found that the total leaf area per plant decreased with increased spatial density. Therefore, we directly demonstrated the self-thinning rule to improve light interception.
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