Mechanisms for minimizing height-related stomatal conductance declines in tall vines

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Domec , J-C , Berghoff , H , Way , D , Moshelion , M , Palmroth , S , Kets , K , Huang , C-W & Oren , R 2019 , ' Mechanisms for minimizing height-related stomatal conductance declines in tall vines ' , Plant, Cell and Environment , vol. 42 , no. 11 , pp. 3121-3139 . https://doi.org/10.1111/pce.13593

Title: Mechanisms for minimizing height-related stomatal conductance declines in tall vines
Author: Domec, Jean-Christophe; Berghoff, Henry; Way, Danielle; Moshelion, Menachem; Palmroth, Sari; Kets, Katre; Huang, Cheng-Wei; Oren, Ram
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Duke University
University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences
Date: 2019-11
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Plant, Cell and Environment
ISSN: 0140-7791
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/315196
Abstract: The ability to transport water through tall stems hydraulically limits stomatal conductance (g(s)), thereby constraining photosynthesis and growth. However, some plants are able to minimize this height-related decrease in g(s), regardless of path length. We hypothesized that kudzu (Pueraria lobata) prevents strong declines in g(s) with height through appreciable structural and hydraulic compensative alterations. We observed only a 12% decline in maximum g(s) along 15-m-long stems and were able to model this empirical trend. Increasing resistance with transport distance was not compensated by increasing sapwood-to-leaf-area ratio. Compensating for increasing leaf area by adjusting the driving force would require water potential reaching -1.9 MPa, far below the wilting point (-1.2 MPa). The negative effect of stem length was compensated for by decreasing petiole hydraulic resistance and by increasing stem sapwood area and water storage, with capacitive discharge representing 8-12% of the water flux. In addition, large lateral (petiole, leaves) relative to axial hydraulic resistance helped improve water flow distribution to top leaves. These results indicate that g(s) of distal leaves can be similar to that of basal leaves, provided that resistance is highest in petioles, and sufficient amounts of water storage can be used to subsidize the transpiration stream.
Subject: 4112 Forestry
capacitance
Electrical Circuit Analogy
hydraulic compensation
hydraulic resistance
lianas
long-distance transport
Pueraria lobata
VULNERABILITY SEGMENTATION
WATER TRANSPORT-PROPERTIES
XYLEM HYDRAULIC CONDUCTIVITY
electrical circuit analogy
SAPWOOD AREA
KUDZU-VINE
CURRENT-YEAR SHOOTS
TREE HEIGHT
VESSEL SIZE
PUERARIA-LOBATA
LEAF-AREA
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