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dc.contributor.authorLenz, Anne-Kristin
dc.contributor.authorBauer, Ulrike
dc.contributor.authorRuxton, Graeme D
dc.identifier.citationLenz , A-K , Bauer , U & Ruxton , G D 2022 , ' An ecological perspective on water shedding from leaves ' , Journal of Experimental Botany , vol. 73 , no. 4 , pp. 1176–1189 .
dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:1743195B2F79A1FEABBD11713C3DDBA5
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-8943-6609/work/106838137
dc.descriptionUB is funded by a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (UF150138) and Anne-Kristin Lenz is supported by a Royal Society Enhancement Award (RGF/EA/180059) held by UB.en
dc.description.abstractWater shedding from leaves is a complex process depending on multiple leaf traits interacting with rain, wind and air humidity, and with the entire plant and surrounding vegetation. Here, we synthesise the current knowledge of the physics of water shedding with implications for plant physiology and ecology. We argue that the drop retention angle is a more meaningful parameter to characterise the water shedding capacity of leaves than the commonly measured static contact angle. The understanding of the mechanics of water shedding is largely derived from laboratory experiments on artificial rather than natural surfaces, often on individual aspects such as surface wettability or drop impacts. In contrast, field studies attempting to identify the adaptive value of leaf traits linked to water shedding are largely correlative in nature, with inconclusive results. We make a strong case for taking the hypothesis-driven experimental approach of biomechanical lab studies into a real-world field setting to gain a comprehensive understanding of leaf water shedding in a whole-plant ecological and evolutionary context.
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dc.subjectDrip tipsen
dc.subjectDrop impacten
dc.subjectEpicuticular waxen
dc.subjectLeaf inclination angleen
dc.subjectLeaf movementen
dc.subjectLeaf trait adaptationen
dc.subjectSplash erosionen
dc.subjectWater repellencyen
dc.subjectWater sheddingen
dc.subjectQK Botanyen
dc.titleAn ecological perspective on water shedding from leavesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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