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Effects of extreme drought on specific leaf area of grassland species: A meta-analysis of experimental studies in temperate and sub-Mediterranean systems

Wellstein, Camilla ; Poschlod, Peter ; Gohlke, Andreas ; Chelli, Stefano ; Campetella, Giandiego ; Rosbakh, Sergey ; Canullo, Roberto ; Kreyling, Jürgen ; Jentsch, Anke ; Beierkuhnlein, Carl


Here, we conducted a meta-analysis of experimental drought manipulation studies using rainout shelters in five sites of natural grassland ecosystems of Europe. The single studies assess the effects of extreme drought on the intraspecific variation of the specific leaf area (SLA), a proxy of plant growth. We evaluate and compare the effect size of the SLA response for the functional groups of ...


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