How do conifers survive droughts?

Last updated: 2 Jan, 2020

As the world warms, a new study is helping scientists understand how cone-bearing trees like pines and junipers may respond to drought.


The research addresses a classic question in the field: When conditions are dry for long periods of time, do trees survive by growing new roots to tap water sources, or by relying on established roots that already go deep?



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Read the paper: Mackay et al. (2020) Conifers depend on established roots during drought: results from a coupled model of carbon allocation and hydraulics. New Phytologist 225:2, pp 679-692. doi: 10.1111/nph.16043