Climate dependence of plant respiration in warmer, drier world

    Project: Research

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    Description

    Plant respiration plays a vital role in regulating the Earth s climate and ecosystem functioning. Although we know that drought can substantially alter rates of plant respiration, we are not yet able to predict drought-mediated changes in respiration. We also lack an understanding of how drought impacts on the temperature dependence of respiration. I will combine laboratory and field experiments to establish process-based understanding that will enable respiratory responses to drought and global warming scenarios to be predicted in global and ecosystem-level models. The importance of respiration in determining the carbon balance of agricultural systems and natural ecosystems experiencing drought will also be determined.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date27/10/0926/10/13

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$891,200.00

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