Leaf maximum photosynthetic rate and venation are linked by hydraulics

Timothy Brodribb, Taylor Feild, Gregory Jordan

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Leaf veins are almost ubiquitous across the range of terrestrial plant diversity, yet their influence on leaf photosynthetic performance remains uncertain. We show here that specific physical attributes of the vascular plumbing network are key limiters of the hydraulic and photosynthetic proficiency of any leaf.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1890 - 1898
Number of pages9
JournalPlant Physiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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