E3 Talk with Casandra Reyes-García (Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán, Mexico)
18 july 2023 . 12h00 (GMT+1)
Room 2.2.21, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon & Zoom (LINK; pw: 261467)
The Bromeliaceae is a neotropical vascular plant family that has wondered plant ecophysiologists due to their diverse adaptations to living in the canopy. Epiphytes in this family may have water impounding reservoirs between their wide leaf bases, displayed in a rosette (called tanks), or may have reduced thin leaves that are more drought tolerant (called atmospherics). Intricated, scale like leaf trichomes substitute the root function of absorbing water and nutrients.
We recently reviewed the functional groups using a trait database from 204 bromeliad epiphyte species distributed throughout the American continent. We performed a hierarchical cluster analysis with 16 functional traits and a discriminant analysis, and obtained five groups, C3 tank and CAM tank bromeliads with deep tanks, while the atmospheric group was divided into nebulophytes (which specialize in catching fog), bromeliads with shallow tanks, and bromeliads with pseudobulbs. In the present talk I will exemplify the adaptations that differentiate these functional groups and how their distribution relates to climatic variables and canopy structure.
Join us in Room 2.2.21 (FCUL) or by Zoom (LINK; pw: 261467)!
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Tags: e3talk ESFE tropical bromeliads ecophysiology