Seasonal variation of temperature response of respiration in invasive Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry) and two co-occurring native understory shrubs in a northeastern US deciduous forest

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Xu, Cheng-Yuan, Schuster, W. S. F. and Griffin, Kevin L.. 2007. "Seasonal variation of temperature response of respiration in invasive Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry) and two co-occurring native understory shrubs in a northeastern US deciduous forest." Oecologia. 153 (4), pp. 809-819. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-007-0790-3
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Seasonal variation of temperature response of respiration in invasive Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry) and two co-occurring native understory shrubs in a northeastern US deciduous forest

ERA Journal ID3297
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsXu, Cheng-Yuan (Author), Schuster, W. S. F. (Author) and Griffin, Kevin L. (Author)
Journal TitleOecologia
Journal Citation153 (4), pp. 809-819
Year2007
Place of PublicationGermany
ISSN0029-8549
1432-1939
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-007-0790-3
Web Address (URL)http://www.springerlink.com/content/100458/
Abstract

In the understory of a closed forest, plant growth is limited by light availability, and early leafing is
proposed to be an important mechanism of plant invasion by providing a spring C ‘‘subsidy’’ when high light is
available. However, studies on respiration, another important process determining plant net C gain, are rare in
understory invasive plants.
In this study, leaf properties and the temperature response of leaf respiration were compared between invasive Berberis thunbergii, an early leafing understory shrub, and two native shrubs, Kalmia latifolia, a broadleaf evergreen and Vaccinium corymbosum, a late leafing deciduous species, in an oak-dominated deciduous forest.
The seasonal trend of the basal respiration rates (R0) and the temperature response coefficient (E0), were different among the three shrubs and species-specific negative correlations were observed between R0 and E0. All three shrubs showed significant correlation between respiration rate on an area basis (20_C) and leaf N on an area basis. The relationship was attributed to the variation of both leaf N on a mass basis and leaf mass per area (LMA) in B. thunbergii, but to LMA only in K. latifolia and V. corymbosum. After modeling leaf respiration throughout 2004, B. thunbergii displayed much higher annual leaf respiration (mass based) than the two native shrubs, indicating a higher cost per unit of biomass investment. Thus, respiratory properties alone were not likely to lead to C balance advantage of B. thunbergii. Future studies on whole plant C budgets and leaf construction cost are needed to address the C balance advantage in early leafing understory shrubs like B. thunbergii.

Keywordscarbon loss; leaf longevity; understory; nitrogen; thermal acclimation
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410202. Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology
310303. Ecological physiology
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Byline AffiliationsCommonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
Black Rock Forest Consortium, United States
Columbia University, United States
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