Tree structure and function: linking architecture, anatomy and physiology
There is a striking diversity of tree architectural and anatomical forms worldwide. It is still unknown why some tree stems are composed of large portions of living cells, while others are mainly built of dead cells. Scientists do not know how architecture and anatomy are coordinated in trees. Tree structural characteristics shape forests' structure and function as well as their response to current and future climate changes. The EU-funded treeMAAP project will study architectural, anatomical and physiological traits in trees to assess how they govern three major functions - water transport, mechanical stability and respiration - using 15 tropical tree species as models. The new knowledge will advance our understanding of wood anatomy, ecology, physiology and vegetation modelling and will stimulate innovative research.
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