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Ice barriers promote supercooling and prevent frost injury in reproductive buds, flowers and fruits of alpine dwarf shrubs throughout the summer

Kuprian, Edith; Briceno, Veronica; Wagner, Johanna; Neuner, Gilbert


Over-wintering reproductive buds of many woody plants survive frost by supercooling. The bud tissues are isolated from acropetally advancing ice by the presence of ice barriers that restrict ice growth. Plants living in alpine environments also face the risk of ice formation in summer months. Little knowledge exists, how reproductive structures of woody alpine plants are protected from frost injury during episodic summer frosts. In order to address this question, frost resistance of three...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Environmental and Experimental Botany
DOI: 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2014.01.011


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