Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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HUH Seminar Room 125, 22 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

Herbaria Seminar

Robert Skelton, Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, will give a talk on "Plant Hydraulic Traits and Drought Responses: Insights from three continents."

Abstract: Droughts cause major damage to plant communities, and reduce primary productivity. Since maintaining hydration to a plant’s leaves is essential to maintaining cellular functioning, plant hydraulics are a major determinant of crop growth and yield, and mediate how plants die during drought. Yet our appreciation of these crucial factors is hindered by an incomplete understanding of how and when water transport through xylem breaks down, and what the implications are for plant functionality. I will present insights into key processes involved in plant response to drought, drawing upon detailed physiological observations from diverse plant communities occurring in South Africa, Australia and North America. My goal is to explore the diversity of mechanisms underlying plant hydraulic function and leaf productivity, and how these influence plant water management and growth in diverse natural plant communities. 

Contact Name: 

Claire Gallagher

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

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