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Do 2 H and 18 O in leaf water reflect environmental drivers differently?

Lucas Cernusak
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Adrià Barbeta
Lawrence Flanagan
Paula Martín-Gomez
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Chun‐ta Lai
Niels Munksgaard
Jérôme Ogée
John Roden
Steven Voelker
Lisa Wingate
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Wusheng Yu
Liangju Zhao
Matthias Cuntz


We compiled hydrogen and oxygen stable isotope compositions (delta H-2 and delta O-18) of leaf water from multiple biomes to examine variations with environmental drivers. Leaf water delta H-2 was more closely correlated with delta H-2 of xylem water or atmospheric vapour, whereas leaf water delta O-18 was more closely correlated with air relative humidity. This resulted from the larger proportional range for delta H-2 of meteoric waters relative to the extent of leaf water evaporative enrichment compared with delta O-18. We next expressed leaf water as isotopic enrichment above xylem water (Delta H-2 and Delta O-18) to remove the impact of xylem water isotopic variation. For Delta H-2, leaf water still correlated with atmospheric vapour, whereas Delta O-18 showed no such correlation. This was explained by covariance between air relative humidity and the Delta O-18 of atmospheric vapour. This is consistent with a previously observed diurnal correlation between air relative humidity and the deuterium excess of atmospheric vapour across a range of ecosystems. We conclude that H-2 and O-18 in leaf water do indeed reflect the balance of environmental drivers differently; our results have implications for understanding isotopic effects associated with water cycling in terrestrial ecosystems and for inferring environmental change from isotopic biomarkers that act as proxies for leaf water.
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hal-03678147 , version 1 (25-05-2022)




Lucas Cernusak, Adrià Barbeta, Rosemary Bush, Rebekka Eichstaedt (bögelein), Juan Ferrio, et al.. Do 2 H and 18 O in leaf water reflect environmental drivers differently?. New Phytologist, 2022, ⟨10.1111/nph.18113⟩. ⟨hal-03678147⟩
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