Functional Ecology of Epiphytes


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Functional Ecology of Epiphytes

Functional Ecology of Epiphytes

There are still fundamental gaps in our understanding of the functional ecology of epiphytes. What is the importance of CAM? What is the thermal niche of germination? How effective are phytotelms to bridge rainless periods? How plastic is the reaction norm of different species? All this is particularly important in the context of global change – so how susceptible are epiphytes to the expected changes. Such ecophysiological studies connect to the long-term monitoring of communities to obtain a mechanistic understanding of the processes behind the dynamics observed in nature.

Selected publications

Reyes-García C, Pereira-Zaldívar NA, Espadas-Manrique C, Tamayo-Chim M, Chilpa-Galván NC, Cach-Pérez MJ, Ramírez-Medina M, Benavides AM, Hietz P, Zotz G, et al. 2022. New proposal of epiphytic Bromeliaceae functional groups to include nebulophytes and shallow tanks. Plants 11, 3151.

Hietz P, Wagner K, …., Einzmann HJR, … & Zotz G. 2022. Putting vascular epiphytes on the traits map. Journal of Ecology 110: 340-358.

Zotz G, Hietz P & Einzmann HJR. 2021. Functional ecology of vascular epiphytes. Annual Plant Reviews Online 4: 869-905.

Wagner K, Wanek W & Zotz G. 2021. Functional traits of a rainforest vascular epiphyte community: trait covariation and indications for host specificity. Diversity 13: 97.

Paula Oliveira R, Zotz G, Wanek W & Franco A. 2021. Leaf trait co-variation and trade-offs in gallery forest C3 and CAM epiphytes. Biotropica 53: 520-535.

Zotz G, Leja M, Aguilar-Cruz Y & Einzmann HJR. 2020. How much water is in the tank? An allometric analysis with 205 bromeliad species. Flora 264: 151557.

Zotz G, Kappert N, Müller L-LB & Wagner K. 2020. Temperature dependence of germination and growth in Anthurium (Araceae). Plant Biology 22: 184-190.

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