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Little Shop of Horrors: A Moving Plot of an other-world's unmanned land...

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For improv's sake it could be any and all plants at once superimposed in quantum entanglement.
Itz on wheels... Goldwing_smilie and on Mars.
Equipped with the latest AI and update-ables, yet self instructing.
The biomass within is stoned with every conceivable plant essence.
It Eats Mars Air like itz got the munchies.
Prime Directive: Improvise a garden-world.

The secret behind maximum plant height—water
March 6, 2019, Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Trees grow in Dinghushan National Nature Reserve (SCBG), Guangdong, China Credit: YE Qing

Physiological coordination between plant height and xylem hydraulic traits is aligned with habitat water availability across Earth's terrestrial biomes, according to a new study. Ecologists from the South China Botanical Garden (SCBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences, conclude that such coordination plays an important role in determining global sorting of plant species, and can be useful in predicting future species distribution under climate change scenarios.

Plants grow taller in wetter places, but what factors set their maximum height? Through previous experiments on tall trees, scientists have revealed that increasing hydraulic resistance associated with increasing plant height limits the distance water can be transported through xylem to the top leaves. This hydraulic resistance thus sets the maximum height of a species in a given habitat.

However, scientists didn't understand how this physiological coordination varied across a broad range of species and environments. Based on a huge dataset of 1,281 species from 369 sites worldwide, the researchers built multiple models linking height, hydraulic traits and water to find general rules. They found that taller species from wet habitats exhibited greater xylem efficiency and lower hydraulic safety, wider conduits, lower conduit density, and lower sapwood density, all of which were associated with habitat water availability.

"People used to think that taller plants might transport water less efficiently because of the longer distances," said Dr. Liu Hui, the first author of this study. "Instead, we found that taller plants had higher hydraulic conductivity across species, which was a main strategy they employ to compensate for the high evaporative demand by leaves and the increased height.
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It is called Darcy's Law."

Until now, most of the hydraulic theories such as Darcy's Law were based on data within species, Dr. Liu said. In contrast, this study distinguished and explained different hydraulic patterns between within and across species.

"Simply put, patterns found within species are based on short-term adaptive responses and are largely shaped by physiological trade-offs or constraints, while patterns across species reflect intrinsic evolutionary differences, which may be formed over millions of years, and are mainly constrained by their environmental niches," Dr. Liu said.

"Our findings greatly extend human knowledge about the relationship between xylem hydraulic traits and plant height from local studies to biomes across the globe," said the corresponding author Prof. Ye Qing, director of the Ecology and Environmental Sciences Center of SCBG. "We highlighted that hydraulic traits can serve as important predictors of global maximum plant height and species distribution patterns."

[Image: 1x1.gif] Explore further: Root water transport measured with hydraulic conductance flow meter

More information: Hui Liu et al, Hydraulic traits are coordinated with maximum plant height at the global scale, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aav1332 

Journal reference: Science Advances [Image: img-dot.gif] [Image: img-dot.gif]
Provided by: Chinese Academy of Sciences

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