Inter-vessel pitting and cavitation in woody Rosaceae and other vesselled plants : a basis for a safety versus efficiency trade-off in xylem transport

@inproceedings{Wheeler2005IntervesselPA,
  title={Inter-vessel pitting and cavitation in woody Rosaceae and other vesselled plants : a basis for a safety versus efficiency trade-off in xylem transport},
  author={James K. Wheeler and John S. Sperry and Uwe G. Hacke and Nguyen Duc Hoang},
  year={2005}
}
The hypothesis that greater safety from cavitation by airseeding through inter-vessel pits comes at the cost of less porous pit membranes with greater flow resistance was tested . Sixteen vessel-bearing species were compared: 11 from the Rosaceae, four from other angiosperm families, and one fern. Unexpectedly, there was no relationship between pit resistance (and hence the prevailing membrane porosity) and cavitation pressure. There was, however, an inverse relationship between pit area per… CONTINUE READING
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