Ploidy level and hydraulics

December 5, 2012

Ploidy level and hydraulics

In new work published in New Phytologist, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow Guangyou Hao and colleagues compared the hydraulics of diploid, tetraploid, and hexaploid Atriplex canescens. They found that increased ploidy levels (extra sets of chromosomes) was associated with greater resistance to drought-induced hydraulic failure. abstract »