Herbaceous plant shifts in photosynthesis and transpiration rates in response to experimentally altered climate regimes in an old-field of New England


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Climate change is predicted to alter regional air temperature, humidity, solar radiation, and soil moisture, all of which directly impact the stomatal activity of plants. The opening and closing of stomata are responsible for the physiological controls of plant carbon and water dynamics. We are investigating shifts in photosynthesis and transpiration rates for four species of plants under twelve different temperature and precipitation regimes at the Boston Area Climate Experiment. Measuring the impacts future climate change scenarios may have to plant communities is critical to understanding the potential feedback processes between plants, soil and climate change.

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