#39NPS Trait covariation: structural and functional relationships in plant ecology

Around 125 delegates gathered in Exeter, UK, from 27 to 29 June to discuss the latest developments in the field of plant traits. All the talks recorded at this symposium are now available on our YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLylDstki6x-p7AiL9936h0S5YqosmOr0t

  1. 39th New Phytologist Symposium: Trait covariation
  2. A sense of anticipation surrounded this symposium, which was quickly fully subscribed!
  3. #39NPS Session 1: Trait relationships to plant and ecosystem function

  4. Peter Reich (University of Minnesota) set the stage by quickly asking a fundamental question that would make several reappearances over the course of the meeting.
  5. Peter Reich: What can plant traits tell us about the function of ecosystems?
  6. New Phytologist Editor Belinda Medlyn (University of Western Sydney) was excited to be given the second slot - apparently an unusual occurrence for ecosystem modellers!
  7. Belinda Medlyn: Traits, from leaf to ecosystem: a perspective from an ecophysiological modeller
  8. Medlyn quickly returned to the definition of a trait...
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