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Global convergence in the vulnerability of forests to drought
Shifts in rainfall patterns and increasing temperatures associated with climate change are likely to cause widespread forest decline in regions where droughts are predicted to increase in durationExpand
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TRY – a global database of plant traits
Plant traits – the morphological, anatomical, physiological, biochemical and phenological characteristics of plants and their organs – determine how primary producers respond to environmentalExpand
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Testing hypotheses that link wood anatomy to cavitation resistance and hydraulic conductivity in the genus Acer.
• Vulnerability to cavitation and conductive efficiency depend on xylem anatomy. We tested a large range of structure-function hypotheses, some for the first time, within a single genus to minimizeExpand
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Flowering-time genes modulate meristem determinacy and growth form in Arabidopsis thaliana
Plants have evolved annual and perennial life forms as alternative strategies to adapt reproduction and survival to environmental constraints. In isolated situations, such as islands, woodyExpand
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Weak tradeoff between xylem safety and xylem-specific hydraulic efficiency across the world's woody plant species.
The evolution of lignified xylem allowed for the efficient transport of water under tension, but also exposed the vascular network to the risk of gas emboli and the spread of gas between xylemExpand
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INTERVESSEL PIT MEMBRANE THICKNESS AS A KEY DETERMINANT OF EMBOLISM RESISTANCE IN ANGIOSPERM XYLEM
Pit membranes in bordered pits between neighbouring vessels play a major role in the entry of air-water menisci from an embolised vessel into a water-filled vessel (i.e., air-seeding). Here, weExpand
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Evolution of endemism on a young tropical mountain
Tropical mountains are hot spots of biodiversity and endemism, but the evolutionary origins of their unique biotas are poorly understood. In varying degrees, local and regional extinction,Expand
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Palynological characters and their phylogenetic signal in Rubiaceae
In the 1990s Rubiaceae became a hot spot for systematists, mainly due to the comprehensive treatment of the family by Robbrecht in 1988. Next to the exploration of macromolecular characters to inferExpand
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A synthesis of radial growth patterns preceding tree mortality
Tree mortality is a key factor influencing forest functions and dynamics, but our understanding of the mechanisms leading to mortality and the associated changes in tree growth rates are stillExpand
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Embolism resistance as a key mechanism to understand adaptive plant strategies.
One adaptation of plants to cope with drought or frost stress is to develop wood that is able to withstand the formation and distribution of air bubbles (emboli) in its water conducting xylem cellsExpand
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