The role of height in a tree’s response to drought
Trees adjust to drought conditions by reducing leaf transpiration and, in turn, sap flow, preventing extensive water loss and embolism. Tall trees are more sensitive to drought stress; however, the mechanisms behind this higher vulnerability are not yet fully understood. The DISTRESS project aims at looking at Darcy’s law of fluid flow to determine tree height’s influence on short- and long-term responses to drought. Through the analysis of different traits in tropical trees and sap flow data from 159 species from different biomes, DISTRESS will lead to a better understanding of tree vulnerability to drought and contribute to better simulations of the effect of climate change on forest ecosystems.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeMSCA-IF-GF - Global Fellowships
Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.
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