Evolution of Water Transport and Xylem Structure

@inproceedings{Sperry2003EvolutionOW,
  title={Evolution of Water Transport and Xylem Structure},
  author={John S. Sperry},
  year={2003}
}
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Land plants need water to replace the evaporation that occurs while atmospheric CO2 is diffusing into photosynthetic tissue. [...] Key Result Transport improvements appeared as water demand increased and CO2 dropped to current values in the Carboniferous and Permian. Stomatal regulation and high‐conductivity conduits permitted larger plants and a transition from poikilohydric to homoiohydric water relations. The evolution of conduits from hydroids through tracheids to vessels reflects the need to balance…Expand Abstract

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