Unveiling the relative contribution of carbon starvation and hydraulic failure in relation to the water use strategy of angiosperm species during drought induced tree mortality.

01 October 2013 → 22 September 2014
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • General biology
    • Plant biology
woody tissue photosynthesis drought mortality hydraulic failure carbon starvation
Project description

As global change-type droughts are expected to lead to increasing forest mortality events, this research will focus on hydraulic failure and carbon starvation in different functional tree types subjected to different drought intensities. Special attention will be paid to internal CO2 as a carbon storage pool enabling woody tissue photosynthesis, a feature which has often been overlooked in mortality studies.