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Low root reserve accumulation during drought may lead to winter mortality in poplar seedlings.
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PMID:  23347066     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Climate models suggest that more frequent drought events of greater severity and length, associated with climate change, can be expected in the coming decades. Although drought-induced tree mortality has been recognized as an important factor modulating forest demography at the global scale, the mechanisms underlying drought-induced tree mortality remain contentious. Above- and below-ground growth, gas exchange, water relations and carbon reserve accumulation dynamics at the organ and whole-plant scale were quantified in Populus tremuloides and P. balsamifera seedlings in response to severe drought. Seedlings were maintained in drought conditions over one growing and one dormant winter season. Our experiment presents a detailed description of the effect of severe drought on growth and physiological variables, leading to seedling mortality after an extended period of drought and dormancy. After re-watering following the dormant period, drought-exposed seedlings did not re-flush, showing that the root system had died off. The results of this study suggest a complex series of physiological feedbacks between the measured variables in both Populus species. Further, they reveal that reduced reserve accumulation in the root system during drought decreases the conversion of starch to soluble sugars in roots, which may contribute to the root death of drought-exposed seedlings during the dormant season by compromising the frost tolerance of the root system.
David A Galvez; S M Landhäusser; M T Tyree
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  The New phytologist     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1469-8137     ISO Abbreviation:  New Phytol.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9882884     Medline TA:  New Phytol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2013 The Authors. New Phytologist © 2013 New Phytologist Trust.
Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, 4-42 Earth Sciences Building, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2E3, Canada; Forest Sciences Department, University of British Columbia, 4605 - 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada.
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