Viewing leaf structure and evolution from a hydraulic perspective

Brodribb, Tim J., Feild, Taylor S., and Sack, Lawren (2010) Viewing leaf structure and evolution from a hydraulic perspective. Functional Plant Biology, 37 (6). pp. 488-498.

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Abstract

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 nearly 70% 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.

Item ID: 35648
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1445-4416
Keywords: photosynthesis, vein density, xylem
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), National Science Foundation (USA)
Projects and Grants: NSF (IOB-0714156, IOB-0546784)
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2014 15:56
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0607 Plant Biology > 060705 Plant Physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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