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    Mitigating effects of well-timed rainfall on plant mortality

    Global warming accelerates plant water use, increasing plant susceptibility to drought death. From this, it can be hypothesised that higher CO2 concentrations slow plant water use, and should offset the warming effects on mortality. Using six years of data from a field experiment, Hovenden et al. demonstrate that the timing of rainfall has a major […] More

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    What sets apart individual trees that died versus trees that survived an extreme drought?

    Plant responses to drought involve multiple interacting traits and processes, which complicates predictions about which plants will die and which will survive. Species are often characterized by species-specific strategies that enable them to cope with drought. However, great within-species variation exists due to dynamic individual-level adjustments made to maximize carbon gain and reduce water loss […] More