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Title: Evolution of Ecophysiological Wood Anatomical Diversity

Source: Research In Progress FPL-RIP-4714-031. Madison, WI: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 2 p.

Author(s): Forest Products Laboratory,

Publication Year: 2016  View PDF »

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Category: Research In Progress

Abstract: A pine, a birch, and an oak can grow within meters of each other—in the same environmental conditions—and any or all of these three trees could be supporting a grape vine’s growth. Each of these organisms represents a completely different wood anatomical solution to ecological and environmental conditions and all four are somewhat unrelated—evolutionarily divergent. This broad, long-term project seeks to understand how unrelated and anatomically different species can inhabit the same environments and how variation in growth form (tree, shrub, and liana) and wood structure influences the ability of woody species to survive in disparate environments. Understanding the fundamental drivers of wood evolution can influence forest management and plantation forestry for solid wood and fiber and improve our understanding of forest responses to disease, invasive species, and global climate change.

Keywords: wood anatomy; evolution; phylogeny; ecophysiology; climate change

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 232 kb(s)

Date posted: 05/13/2016
RITS Product ID: 79181

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