Testing hypotheses that link wood anatomy to cavitation resistance and hydraulic conductivity in the genus Acer.

  title={Testing hypotheses that link wood anatomy to cavitation resistance and hydraulic conductivity in the genus Acer.},
  author={Frederic Lens and John S. Sperry and Mairgareth A Christman and Brendan Choat and David Rabaey and Steven Jansen},
  journal={The New phytologist},
  volume={190 3},
• Vulnerability to cavitation and conductive efficiency depend on xylem anatomy. We tested a large range of structure-function hypotheses, some for the first time, within a single genus to minimize phylogenetic 'noise' and maximize detection of functionally relevant variation. • This integrative study combined in-depth anatomical observations using light, scanning and transmission electron microscopy of seven Acer taxa, and compared these observations with empirical measures of xylem hydraulics… CONTINUE READING
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