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evolution of leaf size and shape

x.nianhe at rbgkew.org.uk x.nianhe at rbgkew.org.uk
Mon Jan 30 14:41:15 EST 1995

In article <3fu7ih$gv9 at news.iastate.edu> rwallace at iastate.edu (Robert S Wallace) writes:
>In article <3frvrb$c8t at newsbf02.news.aol.com>,
>SaberCat 1 <sabercat1 at aol.com> wrote:
>>Good Luck on your project Krista, but in all my years in botany, I've seen
>>only a handful of papers on leaf shape and size. Check paleobotany
>>journals, I know there are a couple.
>   Professor Karl Niklas has modeled various architectural forms of present
>and extinct plants, and he may have said something about leaf shape.  See
>relatively recent editions of Amer. J. Bot. for some additional references
>in his papers.  I recall he was maximizing for photosynthetic capture while
>maintaining certain mechanical constraints of stem, leaf, etc.  Dr. Niklas
>is at Cornell Univ.
>     Good Luck.
>     RSW

Please look for Professor Yu Chenghong & Chen Zelian's Leaf Architecture.

>Robert S. Wallace
>Assistant Professor of Botany                     "In cerevisiam veritas est."
>Dept. of Botany - Iowa State Univ.
>Ames, Iowa 50011-1020             rwallace at iastate.edu       FAX: 515-294-1337

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