Environmental limitations to photosynthesis in subalpine plants of the Central Rocky Mountains, USA

W. K. Smith, Evan H Delucia, A. K. Knapp

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Abstract

Studies using field gas exchange measurements of photosynthetic carbon assimilation in the dominant tree species indicate that prolonged, near-freezing air temperatures and cool soil temperatures (<80°C) exert a strong inhibition during early summer. Soil drying appears to have potentially strong influences only at lower elevations while the stomatal response to air dryness is secondary during most of summer. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-206
Number of pages8
JournalGeneral Technical Report - US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Issue numberRM-149
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

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photosynthesis
mountain
summer
gas exchange
soil temperature
freezing
air temperature
carbon
air
soil
drying
field study
assimilation

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  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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