Physiological responses of six temperate tree species to water limitation

Dietrich, Lars. Physiological responses of six temperate tree species to water limitation. 2017, Doctoral Thesis, University of Basel, Faculty of Science.


Official URL: http://edoc.unibas.ch/diss/DissB_12676

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Direct evidence for the link between stem diameter variations (SDV) and the daily
canopy water status, i.e. daily water potentials (Ψ), is rare, particularly for tall trees. It
thus remains unclear up to what degree SDV readings are useful to estimate daily canopy
Ψ. We measured SDV with point dendrometers at the stem base of tall, mature
individuals of six European forest tree species in a near-natural temperate forest and
compared them to daily canopy Ψ during the growing seasons of 2014 (wet) and 2015
(dry). SDV were de-trended for growth with two different approaches leading to the socalled
tree water deficit (TWD). We found that midday Ψ can be predicted from TWD,
independent of the growth-de-trending procedure to obtain TWD from SDV. Further,
daily TWD was a better indicator for daily midday Ψ, particularly under dry conditions,
than maximum daily shrinkage (MDS), another common quantity derived from SDV.
Based on data from six temperate tree species, we conclude that TWD measured at the
stem base is a consistent proxy for daily canopy midday Ψ of tall trees over the entire
range of measured conditions.
Keywords: drought, mature trees, maximum daily shrinkage, stem diameter variations,
tree water deficit, water potential
Advisors:Kahmen, Ansgar and Werner, Christiane
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Integrative Biologie > Physiological Plant Ecology (Kahmen)
UniBasel Contributors:Dietrich, Lars and Kahmen, Ansgar
Item Type:Thesis
Thesis Subtype:Doctoral Thesis
Thesis no:12676
Thesis status:Complete
Number of Pages:1 Online-Ressource (215 Seiten)
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