Streamside trees that do not use stream water

  title={Streamside trees that do not use stream water},
  author={Todd E Dawson and James R Ehleringer},
A LONG-STANDING axiom is that plant distribution is strongly influenced by soil moisture content1,2. While it has been shown that plant taxa inhabiting streamside communities receive or use more water3, it is assumed that this water is obtained from the stream adjacent to where they are found growing. Here we show, using hydrogen isotope ratio analyses at natural abundance levels, that mature streamside trees growing in or directly next to a perennial stream used little or none of the surface… CONTINUE READING
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