Plant hydraulics as a central hub integrating plant and ecosystem function: meeting report for ‘Emerging Frontiers in Plant Hydraulics’ (Washington, DC, May 2015)
Lawren Sack, Marilyn C. Ball, Craig Brodersen, Stephen D. Davis, David L. Des Marais, Lisa A. Donovan, Thomas J. Givnish, Uwe G. Hacke, Travis Huxman, Steven Jansen, Anna L. Jacobsen, Daniel M. Johnson, George W. Koch, Christophe Maurel, Katherine A. McCulloh, Nate G. McDowell, Andrew McElrone, Frederick C. Meinzer, Peter J. Melcher, Gretchen North, Matteo Pellegrini, William T. Pockman, R. Brandon Pratt, Anna Sala, Louis S. Santiago, Jessica A. Savage, Christine Scoffoni, Sanna Sevanto, John Sperry, Stephen D. Tyerman, Danielle Way and N. Michele Holbrook
Version of Record online: 20 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/pce.12732
Plant hydraulics is increasingly recognized as a central hub relating fields within plant biology, ecology, evolution, palaeobiology and agriculture, essential to grand challenges such as anticipating and mitigating the impacts of climate change, and improving the security and sustainability of our food supply. A workshop entitled ‘Emerging Frontiers in Plant Hydraulics’ supported by the National Science Foundation, was held in Washington DC, 2015. We summarize the discussions, including controversies regarding measurements and analyses, the emerging frontiers of up-scaled and down-scaled inter-disciplinary research, and the strengthening of connections between research in plant hydraulics, that in allied fields and global modelling efforts.