Surface tension phenomena in the xylem sap of three diffuse porous temperate tree species.

@article{ChristensenDalsgaard2011SurfaceTP,
  title={Surface tension phenomena in the xylem sap of three diffuse porous temperate tree species.},
  author={Karen K. Christensen-Dalsgaard and Melvin T Tyree and Paolo G Mussone},
  journal={Tree physiology},
  year={2011},
  volume={31 4},
  pages={361-8}
}
In plant physiology models involving bubble nucleation, expansion or elimination, it is typically assumed that the surface tension of xylem sap is equal to that of pure water, though this has never been tested. In this study we collected xylem sap from branches of the tree species Populus tremuloides, Betula papyrifera and Sorbus aucuparia over 3 months. We measured the instantaneous surface tension and followed changes over a period of 0.5-5 h using the pendant drop technique. In all three… CONTINUE READING

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