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Xylem traits mediate a trade-off between resistance to freeze-thaw-induced embolism and photosynthetic capacity in overwintering evergreens

Choat, Brendan; Medek, Danielle; Stuart, Stephanie; Pasquet-Kok, Jessica; Egerton, John (Jack); Salari, Hooman; Sack, Lawren; Ball, Marilyn


Hydraulic traits were studied in temperate, woody evergreens in a high-elevation heath community to test for trade-offs between the delivery of water to canopies at rates sufficient to sustain photosynthesis and protection against disruption to vascular transport caused by freeze-thaw-induced embolism. Freeze-thaw-induced loss in hydraulic conductivity was studied in relation to xylem anatomy, leaf- and sapwood-specific hydraulic conductivity and gas exchange characteristics of leaves. We found...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: New Phytologist
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03772.x


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