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Trends Ecol Evol. 1999 Jan;14(1):11-16.

Ecophysiological traits of deciduous and evergreen woody species in the seasonally dry tropics.


Seasonally dry tropical ecosystems occur in the Americas, Africa, India and Australia. They sustain large human populations, determine regional climate, are sites of biological and cultural conservation, and have significant economic value. Evergreen, deciduous and semi- and brevideciduous trees frequently co-occur. Recent research reveals how these various phenological groups respond to changes in soil and atmospheric water content. Cost-benefit analyses of evergreen and deciduous species show how leaves of deciduous species live fast and die young, whereas leaves of evergreen species live slowly but for longer.

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