Succinct outlines of the CT theory are found in N. Michele Holbrook, Maclej A. Zwieniecki, and Peter J. Melcher, “The Dynamics of ‘Dead Wood’: Maintenance of Water Transport Through Plant Stems,” Integrative and Comparative Biology
(2002), 492-496, and Pierre Cruiziat and Hanno Richter, “The Cohesion-Tension Theory at Work,” Essay 4.2 (2006), in Plant Physiology Online, Fifth Edition
, 4 pages, website <http://5e.plantphys.net/article.php?ch=4&id=99
>. More detailed review papers are Greenidge, “Ascent of sap” (ref. 21); M.J. Canny, “Flow and Transport in Plants,” Annual RevXylemiew of Fluid Mechanics
(1977), 275-296; and Ernst Steudle, “The Cohesion-Tension Mechanism and the Acquisition of Water by Plant Roots,” Annual Review of Plant Physiology and Plant Molecular Biology
(2001), 847-875. Lengthier treatments are found in in the textbooks of Kramer and Boyer, Water Relations
(ref. 19), pp. 234-251, Kozlowski and Pallardy, Physiology of Woody Plants
(ref. 11), pp. 259-260; M.T. Tyree and M.H. Zimmermann, Xylem Structure and the Ascent of Sap
(Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer-Verlag, 2002), pp. 49-88, this being the second edition of the authoritative Martin H. Zimmermann, Xylem Structure and the Ascent of Sap
(Berlin, Heidlberg, New York, Tokyo: Springer Verlag, 1983), pp. 37-65; Wilfried Ehlers and Michael Goss, Water Dynamics in Plant Production
(Wallingford and Cambridge, Mass.: CABI Publishing, 2003), pp. 82-84; and Park S. Nobel, Physicochemical and Environmental Plant Physiology
(Third Edition Amsterdam: Elsevier Academic Press, 2005), p. 459. For a physicist, the technical review paper by Pickard, “Ascent of Sap in Plants” (ref. 21), may be the most informative and satisfying, though it is somewhat out of date, particularly in relation to mechanisms for refilling embolized xylem conduits. An excellent, up-to-date, somewhat less technical review is John S. Sperry, “Hydraulics of Vascular Water Transport,” in Przemyslaw Wojtaszek, ed., Mechanical Integration of Plant Cells and Plants
[Signaling and Communication in Plants
, Vol. 9] (Berlin and Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2011), pp. 303-327. The literature is huge; these publications represent a very small selection; a useful list of key papers is found in Angeles, et al.
, “Cohesion-Tension Theory” (ref. 4).