Publications by Robert P Skelton

Casting light on xylem vulnerability in an herbaceous species reveals a lack of segmentation

Finding thresholds at which loss of plant functionality occurs during drought is critical for predicting future crop productivity and survival. Xylem resistance to embolism has been suggested as a key trait associated with water-stress tolerance. Although a substantial…

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Casting light on xylem vulnerability in an herbaceous species reveals a lack of segmentation

Skelton, RP, Brodribb, TJ, Choat, B (2017) Catsing light on xylem vulnerability in an herbaceous species reveals a lack of segmentation. New Phytologist 214: 561-569

Summary Finding thresholds at which loss of plant functionality occurs during drought is critical for predicting future crop productivity and survival. Xylem resistance to embolism has been suggested as a key trait associated with water-stress tolerance. Although a…

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Visual quantification of embolism reveals leaf vulnerability to hydraulic failure

Brodribb, T. J., Skelton, R. P., McAdam, S. A. M., Bienaimé, D., Lucani, C. J. and Marmottant, P. (2016), Visual quantification of embolism reveals leaf vulnerability to hydraulic failure. New Phytol, 209: 1403–1409. doi:10.1111/nph.13846

Summary Vascular plant mortality during drought has been strongly linked to a failure of the internal water transport system caused by the rapid invasion of air and subsequent blockage of xylem conduits. Quantification of this critical process is…

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