What is it about?

• Tropical forest systems are at risk from climate changed induced drought • Experimental drought reduced tree sapling and shrub biomass • Drought led to more diseased, insect attacked leaves with lowered photosynthesis • Leaf trait changes due to drought underpin these responses

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Why is it important?

Climate change is predicted to lead to huge changes in the distribution of tropical rainforest vegetation. More prolonged dry seasons is one of the ways the impacts of climate change can manifest. It is therefore important to understand the effects such droughts on rainforest plants, and to gain perspectives from experimental field studies, rather than just glasshouse experiments.

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This page is a summary of: Drought reduces the growth and health of tropical rainforest understory plants, Forest Ecology and Management, May 2022, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2022.120128.
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