Publications by Tim Brodribb

Xylem cavitation isolates leaky flowers during water stress in pyrethrum

Flowers underpin plant evolution, genetic legacy and global food supply. They are exposed to similar evaporative conditions as leaves, yet floral physiology is a product of different selective forces. We used Tanacetum cinerariifolium, a perennial daisy, to examine the…

Advanced vascular function discovered in a widespread moss

The evolution of terrestrial plants capable of growing upwards into the dry atmosphere profoundly transformed the Earth. A transition from small, ‘non-vascular’ bryophytes to arborescent vascular plants during the Devonian period is partially attributed to the evolutionary innovation…

Hanging by a thread? Forests and drought

Trees are the living foundations on which most terrestrial biodiversity is built. Central to the success of trees are their woody bodies, which connect their elevated photosynthetic canopies with the essential belowground activities of water and nutrient acquisition….

Triggers of tree mortality under drought

Severe droughts have caused widespread tree mortality across many forest biomes with profound effects on the function of ecosystems and carbon balance. Climate change is expected to intensify regional-scale droughts, focusing attention on the physiological basis of drought-induced…

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Mesophyll cells are the main site of abscisic acid biosynthesis in water-stressed leaves

The hormone abscisic acid (ABA) plays a critical role in enhancing plant survival during water deficit. Recent molecular evidence suggests that ABA is synthesized in the phloem companion cells and guard cells. However, the nature of cell turgor…

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

Feng-Ping Zhang, Frances Sussmilch, David S Nichols, Amanda A Cardoso, Timothy J Brodribb, Scott A M McAdam; Leaves, not roots or floral tissue, are the main site of rapid, external pressure-induced ABA biosynthesis in angiosperms, Journal of Experimental Botany, Volume 69, Issue 5, 23 February 2018, Pages 1261–1267, https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/erx480

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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Guard cells in fern stomata are connected by plasmodesmata, but control cytosolic Ca2+ levels autonomously

Voss, L. J., McAdam, S. A., Knoblauch, M. , Rathje, J. M., Brodribb, T. , Hedrich, R. and Roelfsema, M. R. (2018), Guard cells in fern stomata are connected by plasmodesmata, but control cytosolic Ca2+ levels autonomously. New Phytol, 219: 206-215. doi:10.1111/nph.15153

Recent studies have revealed that some responses of fern stomata to environmental signals differ from those of their relatives in seed plants. However, it is unknown whether the biophysical properties of guard cells differ fundamentally between species of…

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Factors determining stomatal and non-stomatal (residual) transpiration and their contribution towards salinity tolerance in contrasting barley genotypes

Eighty barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) genotypes of different geographical origin and contrasting in salinity stress tolerance were grown under glasshouse conditions and exposed to high salinity stress (300 mM NaCl) for four weeks to investigate the relationship between leaf gas…

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Coordinated plasticity maintains hydraulic safety in sunflower leaves

Cardoso AA, Brodribb TJ, Lucani CJ, DaMatta FM, McAdam SAM. Coordinated plasticity maintains hydraulic safety in sunflower leaves. Plant Cell Environ. 2018. https://doi.org/10.1111/pce.13335

The air‐seeding threshold water potential establishes a hydraulic limit on the ability of woody species to survive in water‐limiting environments, but herbs may be more plastic in terms of their ability to adapt to drying conditions. Here we…

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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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