Evolution in xylem and stomatal function and their interaction


Xylem and Stomata, Coordinated Through Time and Space

by Brodribb T.J., McAdam S. A. M.,  Carins Murphy M. R. (2016)

Tim Brodribb, School of Biological Sciences, University of Tasmania


Scott Am McAdam, School of Biological Sciences, University of Tasmania



in Plant Cell and Environment · August 2016 – DOI: 10.1111/pce.12817 –



Figure 4. Differential cell expansion in response to variation in light intensity, or variation among species, ‗dilutes’ leaf veins and stomata in unison. This results in proportional
Land plants exhibit a degree of homeostasis in leaf water content to protect against damage to photosynthetic and xylem tissues, and to maintain an efficient allocation of resources.
This is achieved by a strong coordination between the systems regulating water delivery (xylem) and water loss (stomata).
This review discusses evolution in xylem and stomatal function, specifically focussing on the interactions between them.
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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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