Keeping the Pipes Clear

cbfrontiers130513The vessels that move water around the plant are subject to blockage with air, and specialized mechanisms are in place to repair air embolisms.  Such mechanisms are critical to survival during periods of environmental stress, such as drought.

Long-distance transport of water in the plant’s plumbing is dependent upon many factors working together, including the anatomical basis of the pipes themselves.

UF Horticultural Sciences Assistant Professor Dr. Craig Brodersen has examined the literature in this area, and the results are published in Frontiers in Plant Science.

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