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Viewing leaf structure and evolution from a hydraulic perspective


Brodribb, TJ and Feild, TS and Sack, L, Viewing leaf structure and evolution from a hydraulic perspective, Functional Plant Biology, 37, (6) pp. 488-498. ISSN 1445-4408 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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More than 40 000 km3 year–1 of water flows through the intricate hydraulic pathways inside leaves. This water not only sustains terrestrial productivity, but also constitutes nearly70%of terrestrial evapotranspiration, thereby influencing both global and local climate (Chapin et al. 2002). Thus, the central role played by leaf vascular systems in terrestrial biology provides an important context for research into the function and evolution of water transport in leaves. Significant progress has been made recently towards understanding the linkages between anatomy and water transport efficiency in leaves, and these discoveries provide a novel perspective to view the evolution of land plants.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:photosynthesis, vein density, xylem.
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Biological adaptation
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Brodribb, TJ (Professor Tim Brodribb)
ID Code:67237
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:211
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2011-03-01
Last Modified:2011-05-12
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