Publications by Feng-Ping Zhang

Similar geometric rules govern the distribution of veins and stomata in petals, sepals and leaves

Zhang, F. , Carins Murphy, M. R., Cardoso, A. A., Jordan, G. J. and Brodribb, T. J. (2018), Similar geometric rules govern the distribution of veins and stomata in petals, sepals and leaves. New Phytol. . doi:10.1111/nph.15210

Investment in leaf veins (supplying xylem water) is balanced by stomatal abundance, such that sufficient water transport is provided for stomata to remain open when soil water is abundant. This coordination is mediated by a common dependence of…

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Leaves, not roots or floral tissue, are the main site of rapid, external pressure-induced ABA biosynthesis in angiosperms

Rapid biosynthesis of abscisic acid (ABA) in the leaf, triggered by a decrease in cell volume, is essential for a functional stomatal response. However, it is not known whether rapid biosynthesis of ABA is also triggered in other…

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Floral mass per area and water maintenance traits are correlated with floral longevity in Paphiopedilum (Orchidaceae)

Zhang FP, Yang YJ, Yang QJ, Zhang W, Brodribb TJ, Hao GY, Hu H, Zhang SB (2017) Floral mass per area and water maintenance traits are correlated with floral longevity in Paphiopedilum (Orchidaceae). Frontiers in Plant Science 8:501

Floral longevity (FL) determines the balance between pollination success and flower maintenance. While a longer floral duration enhances the ability of plants to attract pollinators, it can be detrimental if it negatively affects overall plant fitness. Longer-lived leaves…

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Are flowers vulnerable to xylem cavitation during drought?

Zhang F-P, Brodribb TJ (2017) Are flowers vulnerable to xylem cavitation during drought? Proc. R. Soc. B 284:20162642. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2016.2642

Water stress is known to cause xylem cavitation in the leaves, roots and stems of plants, but little is known about the vulnerability of flowers to xylem damage during drought. This is an important gap in our understanding…

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