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Xylem: Differentiation, Water Transport and Ecology

  1. Tsvi Sachs

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0002076

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How to Cite

Sachs, T. 2001. Xylem: Differentiation, Water Transport and Ecology. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001

Abstract

The xylem carries water from the roots to the leaves; it is also the major supporting tissue in large plants. Three major areas of current research are concerned with additional mechanisms for the ascent of water; patterning at the plant, tissue and cell levels and its molecular basis; and the ecological significance of xylem diversity.

Keywords:

  • cohesion of water;
  • comparative structure;
  • ecological adaptations;
  • pattern formation;
  • plant hormones;
  • auxin