Biodiversity of Leaf Traits in Woody Plant Species in Northeastern Mexico: A SynthesisRodriguez HG1*, Maiti R1 and Kumari CA2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Rodriguez HG
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Facultad de Ciencias Forestales
Carr. Nac. No. 85 Km. 45, Linares
Nuevo León 67700, México
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: January 06, 2016 Accepted date: January 29, 2016 Published date: February 01, 2016
Citation: Rodriguez HG, Maiti R, Kumari CA (2016) Biodiversity of Leaf Traits in Woody Plant Species in Northeastern Mexico: A Synthesis. Forest Res 5:169. doi:10.4172/2168-9776.1000169
Copyright: © 2016 Rodriguez HG, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Leaves play a vital role in the growth, development and productivity of woody plants in a forest ecosystem. The present paper deals first with a concise review of research advances undertaken globally on leaf traits of trees and shrubs and then a brief synthesis of results of leaf traits in Linares, Northeastern Mexico. A synthesis is made on research advances on leaf traits, leaf morphology and eco-physiology of trees and shrubs at the global levels and few studies in Northeastern Mexico. There exists a large variability in various leaf morphological traits viz. leaf dimensions and eco-physiological traits viz. leaf area, leaf specific area, leaf dry weight etc. The magnitudes of these traits vary depending on environmental conditions.