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-Wan-Li Zhao, Ya-Jun Chen, Timothy J. Brodribb, Kun-Fang Cao*. Weak co-ordination between vein and stomatal densities in 105 angiosperm tree species along altitudinal gradients in Southwest China. Functional Plant Biology (in press).

-Yong-Jiang Zhang, Sandra J. Bucci, Nadia S. Arias, Fabian G. Scholz, Guang-You Hao, Kun-Fang Cao and Guillermo Goldstein, 2016. Freezing resistance in Patagonian woody shrubs: the role of cell wall elasticity and stem vessel size. Tree Physiology 36:1007-1018.

-Ya-Jun Chen, Stefan A. Schnitzer, Yong-Jiang Zhang, Ze-Xin Fan, Guillermo Goldstein , Kyle W. Tomlinson, Hua Lin, Jiao-Lin Zhang* and Kun-Fang Cao*.2016. Physiological regulation and efficient xylem water transport regulate diurnal water and carbon balances of tropical lianas. Functional Ecology (in press).

-Wei Huang*, Ying-Jie Yang, Hong Hu, Shi-Bao Zhang, Kun-Fang Cao, 2016. Evidence for the role of cyclic electron flow in photoprotection for oxygen-evolving complex Journal of Plant Physiology (in press).

-Shubin Zhang, Wei Huang, Jiaolin Zhang, Kunfang Cao*, 2016. Differential responses of photosystems I and II to seasonal drought in two Ficus species Acta Oecologica 73:53-60.

-Shi-Dan Zhu#, Hui Liu#, Qiu-Yuan Xu, Kun-Fang Cao, Qing Ye*. 2016. Are leaves more vulnerable to cavitation than branches? Functional Ecology (in press).

-Catherine Roumet, Marine Birouste, Catherine Picon-Cochard;,Murielle Ghestem3, Normaniza Osman4, Sylvain Vrignon-Brenas, Kun-fang Cao, Alexia Stokes. 2016. Root structure – function relationships in 74 species: evidence of a root economics spectrum related to carbon economy. New Phytologist 210: 815–826 (doi: 10.1111/nph.13828).

-Pei-Li Fu, Wen-Jie Liu, Ze-Xin Fan and Kun-Fang Cao* 2016. Is fog an important water source for woody plants in an Asian tropical karst forest during dry season? Ecohydrology (in press, doi: 10.1002/eco.1694).

-Ya-Jun Chen*, Frans Bongers, Kyle Tomlinson, Ze-Xin Fan, Hua Lin, Shu-Bin Zhang, Yu-Long Zheng, Yang-Ping Li, Kun-Fang Cao*, and Jiao-Lin Zhang. 2016. Time lags between crown and basal sap flows in tropical lianas and co-occurring trees. Tree Physiology doi: 10.1093/treephys/tpv103. First published online: October 7, 2015.

-Bartlett, M. K., Y. Zhang, J. Yang, N. Kreidler, S-w. Sun, L. Lin, Y-H. Hu, K-F. Cao, L. Sack. 2016. Drought tolerance as a driver of tropical forest assembly: resolving spatial signatures for multiple processes. Ecology 97 (2) 503-514 (doi: 10.1890/15-0468.1).

-Zafar Siddiq and Kun-Fang Cao*, 2016. Increased water use in dry season in eight dipterocarp species in a common plantation in the northern boundary of Asian tropics. Ecohydrology 9:871-881. (DOI: 10.1002/eco.1689).

-Jiang, G.-F., Hinsinger, D.D. & Strijk, J.S. 2016. Comparison of intraspecific, interspecific and intergeneric chloroplast diversity in cycads. Scientific Reports, 6, 31473.

-Hinsinger, D. D., & Strijk, J. S. 2016. Toward phylogenomics of Lauraceae: The complete chloroplast genome sequence of Litsea glutinosa (Lauraceae), an invasive tree species on Indian and Pacific Ocean islands. Plant Gene.


-Hinsinger, D.D. and Strijk, J.S. 2015. Complete chloroplast genome sequence of Castanopsis concinna (Fagaceae), a threatened species from Hong Kong and southeastern China. Mitochondrial DNA. December 2015. doi:10.3109/19401736.2015.1110800

-John A.N. Parnell, Francesco Pilla, David A. Simpson, Peter van Welzen, Kongkanda Chayamarit, Pranom Chantaranothai, Peter C. Boyce, Paul Bygrave, Caroline Byrne, S. Chen, Charlotte Couch, T. Curtis, Soejatmi Dransfield, Brigitta E.E. Duyfjes, Wichan Eiadthong, Hans-Joachim Esser, Paul J. Grote, Zhu Hua, Matthew Jebb, Don W. Kirkup, Phan Ke Loc, Supree S. Larsen, J. Macklin, A. Madern, Conor Meade, Felix Merklinger, David J. Middleton, Justin Moat, A.Muthama Muasya, Pisut Nakmuenwai, Henrik Pedersen, Colin A. Pendry, Amornrat Prajaksood, Rachun Pooma, Kanchana Pruesapan, Carmen Puglisi, Apirada Sathapattayanon, Phiangphak Sukkharak, George Staples, Joeri Strijk, Somran Suddee, Sarawood Sungkaew, Kornkanok Tangjitman, Atchara Teerawattananon, Jantrararuk Tovaranonte, T. Ung, Anna Trias-Blasi, Willem J.J.O. De Wilde, Paul Wilkin, Tetsukazu Yahara. A re-examination of the life and work of A.F.G. Kerr and of his colleagues and friends, Thai Forest Bulletin, 43, 2015, p111-131.

– Ren-Yi Ma, Jiao-Lin Zhang, Molly A. Cavaleri, Frank Sterck, Joeri S. Strijk, Kun-Fang Cao, 2015. Convergent evolution towards high net carbon gain efficiency contributes to the shade tolerance of palms (Arecaceae). Plos One 10(10): e0140384. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140384

– Sean M. Gleason, Mark Westoby, Steven Jansen, Brendan Choat, Uwe G. Hacke, Robert B. Pratt, Radika Bhaskar, Tim J. Brodribb, Sandra J. Bucci, Kun-Fang Cao, Hervé Cochard, Sylvain Delzon, Jean-Christophe Domec, Ze-Xin Fan, Taylor S. Feild, Anna L. Jacobsen, Dan M. Johnson, Frederic Lens, Hafiz Maherali, Jordi Martínez-Vilalta, Stefan Mayr, Katherine A. McCulloh, Maurizio Mencuccini, Patrick J. Mitchell, Hugh Morris, Andrea Nardini, Jarmila Pittermann, Lenka Plavcová, Stefan G. Schreiber, John S. Sperry, Ian J. Wright, Amy E. Zanne, 2015. Weak tradeoff between xylem safety and xylem-specific hydraulic efficiency across the world’s woody plant species. New Phytologist DOI: 10.1111/nph.13646

– Gbadamassi G. O. Dossa, Ekananda Paudel, Hongyan Wang, Kunfang Cao, Douglas Schaefer, Rhett D. Harrison, 2015. Correct calculation of CO2 efflux using a closed-chamber linked to a non-dispersive infrared gas analyzer. Methods in Ecology and Evolution: doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12451

– Shi-Jian Yang, Yong-Jiang Zhang, Guillermo Goldstein, Mei Sun, Ren-Yi Ma and Kun-Fang Cao, 2015. Determinants of water circulation in a woody bamboo species: afternoon use and night-time recharge of culm water storage. Tree Physiology: doi:10.1093/treephys/tpv071. IF=3.655

– Guofang Liu, William K. Cornwell, Kunfang Cao,Yukun Hu, Richardus S.P. Van Logtestijn; Shijian Yang, Xiufang Xie, Yalin Zhang, Duo Ye, Xu Pan, Xuehua Ye, Zhenying Huang, Ming Dong, Johannes H.C. Cornelissen, 2015. Termites amplify effects of wood traits on decomposition rates among multiple bamboo and dicot woody species. Journal of Ecology: IF=5.521

– Yong-Jiang Zhang, Kun-Fang Cao, Lawren Sack, Nan Li, Xue-Mei Wei and Guillermo Goldstein, 2015. Extending the generality of leaf economic design principles in the cycads, an ancient lineage. New Phytologist 206: 817–829

– Shi-Dan Zhu, Ya-Jun Chen, Kun-Fang Cao, Qing Ye, 2015. Interspecific variation in branch and leaf traits among three Syzygium tree species from different successional tropical forests. Functional Plant Biology 42: 423–432

– Chen, Ya-Jun, Kun-Fang Cao (equal contributor as the first author), Stefan A. Schnitzer, Ze-Xin Fan, Jiao-Lin Zhang, Frans Bongers, 2015. Water-use advantage for lianas over trees in tropical seasonal forests. New Phytologist 205: 128–136


– Murielle Ghestem, Kunfang Cao, Wenzhang Ma, Nick Rowe, Raphaëlle Leclerc, Clément Gadenne, Alexia Stokes 2014. A framework for identifying plant species to be used as ‘ecological engineers’ for fixing soil on unstable slopes. Plos One 9(8): e95876.

– Chen, Ya-Jun, Frans Bongers, Jiao-Lin Zhang, Jin-Yu Liu, & Kun-Fang Cao, 2014. Different biomechanical design and ecophysiological strategies in juveniles of two lianas species of Rhamnaceae with contrasting growth habit. American Journal of Botany 101(6): 925–934.

– Shi-Bao Zhang, Mei Sun, Kun-Fang Cao, Hong Hu, Jiao-Lin Zhan 2014. Leaf photosynthetic rate of tropical ferns is evolutionarily linked to water transport capacity. PLoS ONE 9(1): e84682. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0084682.

– Shi-Jian Yang, Mei Sun, Yong-Jiang Zhang, Hervé Cochard and Kun-Fang Cao 2014. Strong leaf morphological, anatomical and physiological responses of a subtropical woody bamboo to contrasting light environments. Plant Ecology 215(1):97–109.

– Liu, G., Cornwell, K.C., Pan, X., Cao, K., Ye, X., Huang., Dong, M. and Cornelissen, J.H.C. 2014. Understanding the ecosystem implications of the angiosperm rise to dominance: leaf litter decomposability among magnoliids and other basal angiosperms. Journal of Ecology 2014, 102, 337–344.

– Parnell, J.A.N., Strijk, J.S., Maknoi, C., Trong, L.H., Pooma, R., Sirmongkol, S., Rueangruea, S., Tichai, W. & Ritphit, N. 2014. An expansion of the ranges of Christisonia siamensis Craib and Christisonia schortechinii Prain, the latter species new to Thailand, together with a revised key to Thai Orobanchaceae. Thai Forest Bulletin.

– Strijk, J.S., Rueangruea, S., Sirimongkol, S. and Suddee, S. 2014. Lithocarpus corneus (Lour.) Rehder (Fagaceae), a new record for the Flora of Thailand. Thai Forest Bulletin.

– Strijk, J.S., Sirimongkol, S., Rueangruea, S., Ritphet, N. and Chamchumroon., V. 2014. Lithocarpus orbicarpus (Fagaceae), a new species of Stone Oak from Phang Nga province, Thailand. PhytoKeys 34: 33–45. doi: 10.3897/phytokeys.34.6429.

– Van Welzen, P.C., Strijk, J.S., Van Konijnenburg-van Cittert, J.H.A., Nucete, M. and Merckx, V.S.F.T. 2014. Dated Phylogenies of the Sister Genera Macaranga and Mallotus (Euphorbiaceae): Congruence in Historical Biogeographic Patterns? PLoS ONE 9(1): e85713. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0085713.


– Hao, Guangyou; Wang, Ai-Ying; Sack, Lawren; Goldstein, Guillermo ; Cao, Kun-Fang*, 2013. Is hemiepiphytism an adaptation to high irradiance? Testing seedling responses to light levels and drought in hemiepiphytic and non-hemiepiphytic Ficus. Physiologia Plantarum 148: 74–86.

– Huang, Wei, Pei-Li Fu, Yan-Juan Jiang, Jiao-Lin Zhang, Shi-Bao Zhang, Hong Hu* and Kun-Fang Cao*, 2013.Differences in the responses of photosystem I and photosystem II of three tree species Cleistanthus sumatranus, Celtis philippensis and Pistacia weinmannifolia exposed to a prolonged drought in a tropical limestone forest.Tree Physiology 33:211-220.

– Li, Shuai, Yong-Jiang Zhang, Lawren Sack, Christine Scoffoni, Atsushi Ishida, Ya-Jun Chen, Kun-Fang Cao*, 2013. The heterogeneity and spatial patterning of structure and physiology across the leaf surface in giant leaves of Alocasia macrorrhiza. PLoS One 8(6):e66016.

– Strijk, J.S., Bone, Thébaud, C., Buerki, S., Fritsch, P.W., Hodkinson, T.R. and Strasberg, D. 2013. Timing and tempo of evolutionary diversification in a biodiversity hotspot: Primulaceae on Indian Ocean islands. Journal of Biogeography 41(4), 810–822. doi: 10.1111/jbi.12259.

– Zhang, Yong-Jiang, F.C. Meinzer, Jin-Hua Qi, G. Goldstein, Kun-Fang Cao*, 2013. Midday stomatal conductance is more related to stem rather than leaf water status in subtropical deciduous and evergreen broadleaf trees. Plant, Cell and Environment 36, 149–158.

– Zhang,Shi-Bao, Kun-Fang Cao*, Ze-Xin Fan, Jiao-Lin Zhang, 2013. Potential hydraulic efficiency in angiosperm trees increases with growth-site temperature but has no trade-off with mechanical strength. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22, 971–981.

– Zhang,Yong-Jiang, Qiu-Yun Yang, David W. Lee, Guillermo Goldstein, Kun-Fang Cao*, 2013. Extended leaf senescence promotes carbon gain and nutrient resorption: importance of maintaining winter photosynthesis in subtropical forests. Oecologia (in press, on-line).

– Zhang,Yong-Jiang, Qiu-Yun Yang, David W. Lee, Guillermo Goldstein, Kun-Fang Cao*, 2013. Extended leaf senescence promotes carbon gain and nutrient resorption: importance of maintaining winter photosynthesis in subtropical forests. Oecologia 173:721-730.