Loading content, please wait..
loading..
Logo
Version 3.24
or
Authors Zheng, XJ; Wang, YG; Wu, X; Ren, W; Wu, Y; Li, Y; Cao, X; Ma, J; Zhou, H
Author Full Name Zheng, Xin-Jun; Wang, Yu-Gang; Wu, Xue; Ren, Wen; Wu, Yu; Li, Yan; Cao, Xun; Ma, Jie; Zhou, Hai
Title An expanded allometric model for crowns of four co-existing desert shrubs
Source TREES-STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION
Language English
Document Type Article
Author Keywords Allometry; Asymptotic growth; Desert shrub; Scaling exponent; Soil water availability
Keywords Plus HYDRAULIC LIMITATION HYPOTHESIS; TREE HEIGHT; UNDERSTOREY TREES; POWER-LAWS; FOREST; ARCHITECTURE; PATTERNS; BIOMASS; GROWTH; SIZE
Abstract Key messageA new expanded allometric model with two asymptotic biometrics is built, revealing desert shrub crown scaling exponent varies with respect to soil water availability.AbstractMany biological metrics behave asymptotically when facing biophysical and resources constraints. However, simple allometric model (SAM) of power equation does not include any asymptotic variables. Thus, we built a new expanded allometric model (EAM) with two asymptotic independent variables. Then to test EAM statistically valid, we investigated and measured the crown radius and height of four co-existing shrubs species, including Nitraria sibirica, Reaumuria songarica, N. tangutorum and Tamarix ramosissima, at a saline desert site outside an oasis in southeast Junggar Basin, central Eurasia. Additionally, we also measured leaf biomass and leaf water potential, and surveyed soil profiles of water content and fine root to identify how factors influenced shrub crown ontogeny processes in desert ecosystems. The results showed that both SAM and EAM were statistically valid. The invariable scale exponent of crown radius vs. height from SAM reflected the average state of that from EAM, which had the common initial and ultimate values and the respective maximum for the four co-existing species. The crown horizontal extension was prior to vertical growth because the latter was uneconomic and shrub took an avoiding-self-shading strategy. Across the four species, the crown radius at the timing of the crown scaling exponent maximum was positively related to pre-dawn leaf water potential, which increased with plant rooting depth. It demonstrated that soil water availability limited the expansion of the shrub crown area. To sum up, shrubs grow asymptotically in a horizontal crown expansion manner avoiding self-shading and constrained by soil water availability in water-limited ecosystems.
Author Address [Zheng, Xin-Jun; Wang, Yu-Gang; Wu, Xue; Ren, Wen; Wu, Yu; Li, Yan; Cao, Xun; Ma, Jie; Zhou, Hai] Chinese Acad Sci, State Key Lab Desert & Oasis Ecol, Fukang Stn Desert Ecol, Xinjiang Inst Ecol & Geog, 818 South Beijing Rd, Urumqi 830011, Xinjiang, Peoples R China; [Zheng, Xin-Jun; Wu, Xue; Ren, Wen; Cao, Xun] Univ Chinese Acad Sci, 19A Yuquan Rd, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China; [Wu, Yu] Xinjiang Acad Sci & Technol Dev, 395 First Kexue St, Urumqi 830011, Xinjiang, Peoples R China
Reprint Address Li, Y (reprint author), Chinese Acad Sci, State Key Lab Desert & Oasis Ecol, Fukang Stn Desert Ecol, Xinjiang Inst Ecol & Geog, 818 South Beijing Rd, Urumqi 830011, Xinjiang, Peoples R China.
E-mail Address zhengxj@ms.xjb.ac.cn; liyan@ms.xjb.ac.cn
Funding Agency and Grant Number Key Research Project of Frontier Sciences, CAS [QYZDJ-SSW-DQC014]; National Natural Sciences Foundation of ChinaNational Natural Science Foundation of China [41730638, 41671051]
Funding Text The study was financially supported by the Key Research Project of Frontier Sciences, CAS (No. QYZDJ-SSW-DQC014) and the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China (Nos. 41730638 and 41671051).
Publisher SPRINGER HEIDELBERG
Publisher City HEIDELBERG
Publisher Address TIERGARTENSTRASSE 17, D-69121 HEIDELBERG, GERMANY
ISSN 0931-1890
29-Character Source Abbreviation TREES-STRUCT FUNCT
ISO Source Abbreviation Trees-Struct. Funct.
Publication Date OCT
Year Published 2019
Volume 33
Issue 5
Beginning Page 1423
Ending Page 1433
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1007/s00468-019-01869-8
Page Count 11
Web of Science Category Forestry
Subject Category Forestry
Document Delivery Number JF5ZU
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000491468100013
Plants associated with this reference

LEGAL NOTICES — This website is protected by Copyright © The University of Sussex, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022. The eHALOPH database is protected by Database Right and Copyright © The University of Sussex and other contributors, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022. This database is based on an earlier work by James Aronson.
THIS WEBSITE AND THIS DATABASE ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS, AND YOU USE THEM AND RELY ON THEM AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Contact email: halophytes@sussex.ac.uk
Credits – Tim Flowers, Joaquim Santos, Moritz Jahns, Brian Warburton, Peter Reed