Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Research article
30 Jan 2017
Research article |  | 30 Jan 2017

Leaf nitrogen from first principles: field evidence for adaptive variation with climate

Ning Dong, Iain Colin Prentice, Bradley J. Evans, Stefan Caddy-Retalic, Andrew J. Lowe, and Ian J. Wright


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (29 Jun 2016) by Michael Bahn
AR by Ning Dong on behalf of the Authors (04 Aug 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (04 Aug 2016) by Michael Bahn
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (26 Sep 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (13 Oct 2016)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (17 Oct 2016) by Michael Bahn
AR by Ning Dong on behalf of the Authors (16 Nov 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (25 Nov 2016) by Michael Bahn
Short summary
The nitrogen content of leaves is a key quantity for understanding ecosystem function. We analysed variations in nitrogen per unit leaf area among species at sites along a transect across Australia including many climates and ecosystem types. The data could be explained by the idea that leaf nitrogen comprises two parts, one proportional to leaf mass, the other (metabolic) part proportional to light intensity and declining with CO2 drawdown and temperature, as optimal allocation theory predicts.
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