Articles | Volume 17, issue 9
Biogeosciences, 17, 2621–2645, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-2621-2020
Biogeosciences, 17, 2621–2645, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-2621-2020

Research article 15 May 2020

Research article | 15 May 2020

Drought resistance increases from the individual to the ecosystem level in highly diverse Neotropical rainforest: a meta-analysis of leaf, tree and ecosystem responses to drought

Thomas Janssen et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (22 Feb 2020) by Martin De Kauwe
AR by Thomas Janssen on behalf of the Authors (03 Mar 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (05 Mar 2020) by Martin De Kauwe
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (06 Mar 2020)
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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (26 Mar 2020) by Martin De Kauwe
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (20 Apr 2020)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (20 Apr 2020) by Martin De Kauwe
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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (20 Apr 2020) by Martin De Kauwe
AR by Thomas Janssen on behalf of the Authors (21 Apr 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
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The frequency and severity of droughts are expected to increase in the tropics, impacting the functioning of tropical forests. Here, we synthesized observed responses to drought in Neotropical forests. We find that, during drought, trees generally close their leaf stomata, resulting in reductions in photosynthesis, growth and transpiration. However, on the ecosystem scale, these responses are not visible. This indicates that resistance to drought increases from the leaf to ecosystem scale.
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