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Easy Come, Easy Go: Capillary Forces Enable Rapid Refilling of Embolized Primary Xylem Vessels

Rolland, Vivien; Bergstrom, Dana M; Lenne, Thomas; Bryant, Gary; Chen, Hua; Wolfe, Joe; Holbrook, Noel Michele; Stanton, Daniel; Ball, Marilyn


Protoxylem plays an important role in the hydraulic function of vascular systems of both herbaceous and woody plants, but relatively little is known about the processes underlying the maintenance of protoxylem function in long-lived tissues. In this study, embolism repair was investigated in relation to xylem structure in two cushion plant species, Azorella macquariensis and Colobanthus muscoides, in which vascular water transport depends on protoxylem. Their protoxylem vessels consisted of a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Plant Physiology
DOI: 10.1104/pp.15.00333


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