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Research Project: Genetics and Genomics of Complex Traits in Grain Crops

Location: Plant Genetics Research

Title: Plant water relations I: uptake and transport

item WILLIAMS, MARY - American Society Of Plant Biologists
item Oliver, Melvin
item PALLARDY, STEPHEN - University Of Missouri

Submitted to: The Plant Cell
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/4/2014
Publication Date: 2/4/2014
Citation: Williams, M., Oliver, M.J., Pallardy, S.G. 2014. Plant water relations I: uptake and transport. The Plant Cell. 26:1.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Plants, like all living things, are mostly water. Water is the matrix of life, and its availability determines the distribution and productivity of plants on earth. Vascular plants evolved structures that enable them to transport water long distances with little input of energy, but the hollow tracheary elements are just one of many adaptations that enable plants to cope with a very dry atmosphere. This review examines the physical laws that govern water uptake and transport, the biological properties of cells and plant tissues that facilitate it, and the strategies that enable plants to survive in diverse environments.