Publications by C Kevin Boyce

Angiosperm leaf vein evolution was physiologically and environmentally transformative.

Boyce CK, Brodribb TJ, Feild TS, Zwieniecki MA. 2009. Angiosperm leaf vein evolution was physiologically and environmentally transformative. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 276: 1771-1776.

The veins that irrigate leaves during photosynthesis are demonstrated to be strikingly more abundant in flowering plants than in any other vascular plant lineage. Angiosperm vein densities average 8 mm of vein per mm2 of leaf area and…

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Angiosperms helped put the rain in the rainforests: the impact of plant physiological evolution on tropical biodiversity

Boyce, C. K., J.-E. Lee, T. S. Feild, T. J. Brodribb, M. A. Zwieniecki. 2010. Angiosperms helped put the rain in the rainforests: The impact of plant physiological evolution on tropical biodiversity. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Gardens 97: 527-540

The recycling of transpired water is well known to be an important source of rainfall, particularly in the tropics, and angiosperms have transpiration capacities higher than any other plants throughout evolutionary history. Thus, the evolution and rise to…

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