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Water conservation in Artemisia tridentata through redistribution of precipitation

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Ryel, Ronald J, Leffler, A Joshua, Peek, Michael S, Ivans, Carolyn Y, and Caldwell, Martyn M, Water conservation in Artemisia tridentata through redistribution of precipitation: .

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Water conservation is important for plants that maintain physiologically active foliage during prolonged periods of drought. A variety of mechanisms for water conservation exist including stomatal regulation, foliage loss, above- and below-ground allocation patterns, size of xylem vessels and leaf pubescence. Using the results of a field and simulation study with Artemisia tridentata in the Great Basin, USA, we propose an additional mechanism of water conservation that can be used by plants in arid and semi-arid environments following pulses of water availability. Precipitation redistributed more uniformly in the soil column by roots (hydraulic redistribution of water downward) slows the rate at which this water can subsequently be [...]

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