How do subalpine fir and Engelmann spruce seedlings respond to experimental drought when grown under field conditions?
In the 800s, Mayan cities in southeastern Mexico and Central America were abandoned – just as drought hit the region. But a botanical study shows that the connection between drought and depopulation was not simple.
A combination of morphological and physiological traits contribute to drought mortality, along with responses to night warming.
Gypsum soils are dry and can be found in arid environments. Chemistry shows that a surprising variety of plants survive in them by getting water locked in crystals.
Botanists find petal colour can signal a monkeyflower’s drought tolerance.
New study the journal New Phytologist reveals the importance of soil microbial diversity for tolerating or recovering from drought, warming and nitrogen deposition.
How are relationships between root and shoot growth incluenced by drought and soil type in wheat?
Secondary growth of the roots of annual dicots has functional significance with regards to soil resource acquisition and transport, interactions with soil organisms and carbon sequestration.
Advances in computational models may allow us to quickly predict responses of important food crops to environmental stresses in the field, and to identify the genetic basis of these.
Trait sensitivity to the environment is most visible during earlier stages of development, after which intraspecific trait variation and relationships may stabilize.
A rise in carbon dioxide could affect production of plant defences in unexpected ways.