Carbon starvation during drought-induced tree mortality – are we chasing a myth ?

  title={Carbon starvation during drought-induced tree mortality – are we chasing a myth ?},
  author={H. Hartmann Max-Planck},
  • H. Hartmann Max-Planck
  • Published 2015
Drought-induced tree mortality has received much attention in the recent past. McDowell et al.’s (2008) hydraulic framework links tree hydraulics with carbon dynamics and proposes two non-exclusive mortality mechanisms: carbon starvation (CS) and hydraulic failure (HF). CS is often referred to as the (partial) depletion of non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) in response to stomatal closure, reduced C assimilation and sustained C storage dependency during longer droughts. HF describes a lethal… CONTINUE READING


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