Cavitation and its discontents: opportunities for resolving current controversies.

  title={Cavitation and its discontents: opportunities for resolving current controversies.},
  author={Fulton E Rockwell and James K. Wheeler and Noel Michele Holbrook},
  journal={Plant physiology},
  volume={164 4},
Cavitation has long been recognized as a key constraint on the structure and functional integrity of the xylem. Yet, recent results call into question how well we understand cavitation in plants. Here, we consider embolism formation in angiosperms at two scales. The first focuses on how air-seeding occurs at the level of pit membranes, raising the question of whether capillary failure is an appropriate physical model. The second addresses methodological uncertainties that affect our ability to… CONTINUE READING
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