April 13 2011

12:00 LSB 2320

John Sperry
Department of Biology, University of Utah

The importance of maintaining vascular function to plants Moving water well: the hydraulic biology of plants.


As humans, we are acutely aware of the importance of maintaining vascular function. To plants it is no less critical. My laboratory investigates hydro-vascular structure and function in plants in relation to their ecology, physiology, and evolution. A mechanistic understanding of the largely physical constraints of xylem transport flow and its failure by cavitation provides insights into metabolic scaling theory, vascular evolution, adaptation to water and freezing stress, and the prediction of plant responses to a changing environment.











































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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