Water relations of climbing ivy in a temperate forest

  title={Water relations of climbing ivy in a temperate forest},
  author={Sebastian Leuzinger and Anja D Hartmann and Christian K{\"o}rner},
Ivy (Hedera helix) is the most important liana in temperate European forests. We studied water relations of adult ivy in a natural, 35 m tall mixed deciduous forest in Switzerland using a construction crane to access the canopy. Predawn leaf water potential at the top of climbing ivy ranged from −0.4 to −0.6 MPa, daily minima ranged from −1.3 to −1.7 MPa. Leaf water potentials as well as relative sap flow were held surprisingly constant throughout different weather conditions, suggesting a… CONTINUE READING
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