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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Louise Comas

Plant Physiologist


Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
Conventional and simplified canopy temperature indices predict water stress in sunflower - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Taghvaeian, S., Comas, L.H., Dejonge, K.C., Trout, T.J. 2014. Conventional and simplified canopy temperature indices predict water stress in sunflower. Agricultural Water Management. 144:69-80.
Patterns in root traits of woody species hosting arbuscular and ectomycorrhizas: implications for the evolution of belowground strategies Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Comas, L.H., Callahan, H.S., Midford, P.E. 2014. Patterns in root traits of woody species hosting arbuscular and ectomycorrhizas: implications for the evolution of belowground strategies. Ecology and Evolution. 1-12. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1147
Experimentally reduced root–microbe interactions reveal limited plasticity in functional root traits in Acer and Quercus Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lee, M., Comas, L.H., Callahan, H.S. 2013. Experimentally prevention of natural root-microbe interactions reveals limited plasticity in functional root traits of Acer and Quercus. Annals Of Botany. 113:513-521. doi:10.1093/aob/mct276
Optimizing ecosystem function by manipulating pasture community composition - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Goslee, S.C., Veith, T.L., Skinner, R.H., Comas, L.H. 2013. Optimizing ecosystem function by manipulating pasture community composition. Basic and Applied Ecology. 14:630-641.
Root traits contributing to plant productivity under drought Reprint Icon - (Review Article)
Comas, L.H., Becker, S., Cruz, V.V., Byrne, P.F., Dierig, D.A. 2013. Root traits contributing to plant productivity under drought. Frontiers in Plant Science. 4:1-16. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2013.00442.
Root traits contributing to plant productivity under drought - (Abstract Only)
Comas, L.H., Becker, S.R., Cruz, V.V., Byrne, P.F., Dierig, D.A. 2013. Root traits contributing to plant productivity under drought. Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops, Washington, DC, Oct 13-16, 2013
Contrasting strategies of water use: seasonal root growth and soil water depletion in maize and sunflower under deficit irrigation - (Abstract Only)
Comas, L.H., Trout, T.J., Dejonge, K.C. 2013. Contrasting strategies of water use: seasonal root growth and soil water depletion in maize and sunflower under deficit irrigation. ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts. Annual Tri-Society meetings (ASA-CSSA-SSSA), Tampa, FL Nov 3-6, 2013.
Effects of soil moisture availability and root development on sunflower stomatal conductance - (Abstract Only)
Niknami, L.S., Comas, L.H. 2013. Effects of soil moisture availability and root development on sunflower stomatal conductance. ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts. Tampa, FL Nov 3-6, 2013.
C3 versus C4 cavitation resistance and embolism repair under different levels of soil moisture availability - (Abstract Only)
Comas, L.H., Young, J.S., Mcelrone, A.J., Wiggans, D.R. 2013. C3 versus C4 cavitation resistance and embolism repair under different levels of soil moisture availability. Meeting Abstract. The 9th International Workshop on Sap Flow; Gent, Belgium; June 4-7, 2013
Maize and sunflower root distribution in response to deficit irrigation - (Abstract Only)
Comas, L.H., Bausch, W.C., Trout, T.J., Shaner, D.L. 2012. Maize and sunflower root distribution in response to deficit irrigation. American Society of Agronomy Meetings. Agronomy Annual Meeting Cincinnati, OH Oct. 21-24, 2012.
Survey of root variation in lesquerella (Physaria fendleri) and analysis of response to temperature treatments - (Abstract Only)
Cruz, V.V., Comas, L.H., Dierig, D.A. 2012. Survey of root variation in lesquerella (Physaria fendleri) and analysis of response to temperature treatments. Crop Science Congress. Trisociety meeting Cincinnati OH, October 21-24, 2012.
Evolutionary patterns and biogeochemical significance of angiosperm root traits Reprint Icon - (Review Article)
Comas, L.H., Mueller, K.E., Taylor, L.L., Miford, P.E., Callahan, H., Beerling, D.J. 2012. Evolutionary patterns and biogeochemical significance of angiosperm root traits. International Journal of Plant Science. pp. 584-595.
Patterns in root trait variation among 25 co-existing North American forest species - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Comas, L.H., Eissenstat, D.M. 2009. Patterns in root trait variation among 25 co-existing North American forest species. New Phytologist. 182(4):919-928.
Interactive Effects of Canopy Development, Crop Yield and Soil Moisture Availability on Root Production and Distribution in Concord Grape - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Comas, L.H., Anderson, L.J., Lakso, A.N., Eissenstat, D.M. 2005. Canopy and environmental control of root dynamics in a long-term study of Concord grape. New Phytologist. 167(3):829-840.
Using Biodiversity to Improve Pastures - (Popular Publication)
Comas, L.H., Skinner, R.H., Goslee, S.C. 2004. Using biodiversity to improve pastures. Lancaster Farming. September 11, 2004:E13
Defining Plants by Their Effects on Ecosystem Functions - (Proceedings)
Comas, L.H., Goslee, S.C., Skinner, R.H., Sanderson, M.A. 2004. Defining plants functional types by their potential effects on ecosystem properties. Proceeding of the Ecology Society of America, August 1-6, 2004, Portland, Oregon p. 102.
Defining Plant Functional Types by Their Potential Effects on Ecosystem Properties - (Proceedings)
Comas, L.H., Goslee, S.C., Skinner, R.H., Sanderson, M.A. 2004. Defining plant functional types by their potential effects on ecosystem properties. Ecological Society of America Proceedings. August 1-6, 2004, Portland Oregan. p. 102.
Defining Plant Functional Types by Their Potential Effects on Ecosystem Properties - (Proceedings)
Comas, L.H., Skinner, R.H., Goslee, S.C., Sanderson, M.A. 2004. Defining plant functional types by their potential effects on ecosystem properties [abstract]. Ecological Society of America Abstracts. p. 102. 2004 CDROM.
Effects of Irrigation and Pruning on Concord Grape Productivity and Seasonal Root Development - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lasko, A.N., Eissenstat, D.M., Comas, L.H., Dunst, R. 2003. Effects of irrigation and pruning on Concord grape productivity and seasonal root development. International Water and Irrigation Review. 23(2):32-34.
Linking Root Traits to Maximum Potential Growth Rate in Eleven Mature Temperate Tree Species - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Comas, L.H., Eissenstat, D.M. 2004. Linking root traits to maximum potential growth rate in eleven mature temperate tree species. Functional Ecology. 18(3):388-397.
Using Plant Morphology, Physiology, and Stress Response to Define Plant Functional Groups in Pasture Systems - (Abstract Only)
Comas, L.H., Skinner, R.H., Sanderson, M.A. 2003. Using plant morphology, physiology, and stress response to define plant functional groups in pasture systems [abstract]. Ecological Society of America Proceedings. CDROM.
Is It Worth Managing for Plant Species Diversity in Temperate Grazing Lands? - (Abstract Only)
Sanderson, M.A., Soder, K.J., Goslee, S.C., Skinner, R.H., Gustine, D.L., Comas, L.H., Adler, P.R. 2003. Is it worth managing for plant species diversity in temperate grazing lands? [abstract]. Soil and Water Conservation Society Proceedings. p. 17.
Multiple Risk Factors in Root Survivorships a Fou Year Study in Concord Grape - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Anderson, L.J., Comas, L.H., Lasko, A.N., Eissenstat, D.M. 2003. Multiple risk factors in root suvivorships: a 4-year study in Concord grape. New Phytologist. 158(3):489-501.
Morphological and Physiological Interactions in Diverse Plant Communities - (Abstract Only)
Skinner, R.H., Comas, L.H., Gustine, D.L. 2002. Morphological and physiological interactions in diverse plant communities [abstract]. American Society of Agronomy Meetings. Paper No. C06-skinner075552-oral. 2002 CDROM.
Linking Root Traits to Shoot Traits and Life History in 25 Temperate Forest Species - (Abstract Only)
COMAS, L.H., EISSENSTAT, D. LINKING ROOT TRAITS TO SHOOT TRAITS AND LIFE HISTORY IN 25 TEMPERATE FOREST SPECIES. 2002. ECOLOGY SOCIETY OF AMERICA ABSTRACTS. Abstract p. 102.
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