The Physicochemical Hydrodynamics of Vascular Plants

  title={The Physicochemical Hydrodynamics of Vascular Plants},
  author={Abraham D Stroock and Vinay V. Pagay and Maciej Andrzej Zwieniecki and Noel Michele Holbrook},
Plants live dangerously, but gracefully. To remain hydrated, they exploit liquid water in the thermodynamically metastable state of negative pressure, similar to a rope under tension. This tension allows them to pull water out of the soil and up to their leaves. When this liquid rope breaks, owing to cavitation, they catch the ends to keep it from unraveling and then bind it back together. In parallel, they operate a second vascular system for the circulation of metabolites though their tissues… CONTINUE READING
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