Defoliation significantly affected biomass allocation of Robinia pseudoacacia L. and Sophora japonica L., but leaf physiology readjusted to control levels at the end of the experiment. Considering carbon or sink limitation and relative height growth rate, defoliated R. pseudoacacia grew faster than S. japonica under well-watered conditions, while defoliated S. japonica and R. pseudoacacia had similar performance under drought conditions.
Carbon limitation; Non-structural carbohydrates; Photosynthetic rate; Relative growth rate in the height; Sink limitation; Watering treatment
Li, M., Guo, X., Liu, L. et al. Responses to defoliation of Robinia pseudoacacia L. and Sophora japonica L. are soil water condition dependent. Annals of Forest Science 79, 18 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13595-022-01136-w
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The datasets generated during and/or analyzed during the current study are available in the figshare repository, https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.17004637.v3