Water transport in vesselless angiosperms: conducting efficiency and cavitation safety

U Hacke, J Sperry, Taylor Feild, Y Sano, E Sikkema, J Pittermann

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Abstract

wo structure-function hypotheses were tested for vesselless angiosperm wood. First, vesselless angiosperm wood should have much higher flow resistance than conifer wood because angiosperm tracheids lack low-resistance torus-margo pits. Second, vesselless wood ought to be exceptionally safe from cavitation if the small cumulative area of pits between tracheids confers safety (the pit area hypothesis).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1113 - 1126
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Plant Sciences
Volume168
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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