Tall trees and sugar transport

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
December 8, 2017

Tall trees and sugar transport

Jessica Savage

New research in Nature Plants by Jessica Savage, Juan Losada, and Missy Holbrook finally answers the long standing question of how trees maintain efficient sugar transport as they grow taller. They found that the phloem structure, the vascular tissue that transports carbohydrates, changes with increasing height. abstract» Harvard Gazette »

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Modeling physical traits on carbohydrate transport

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
January 6, 2013

Modeling physical traits on carbohydrate transport

Maciej Zwieniecki

Angiosperms that are less than 30 meters in height have tremendous variation in leaf size, however, the size range for plants greater than 30 meters is much narrower. By modeling the physical constraints on carbohydrate transport, Maciej Zwieniecki and Kaare Jensen developed a theory to explain these differences. The work is published in Physical Review Letters and featured in Science Now and APS. abstract »

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