Why Trees are Almost Immortal and Other Related Issues

  • Yiannis Manetas
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Abstract

In this chapter, the opportunity given by the impressive longevity and size achieved by some plants is used to analyze the biological background of these outstanding records. Moreover, it is discussed how plants, acting as environmental engineers, adjust and modify the environment both at the micro and global scale, supporting the ecological stability of our planet.

Keywords

Land Plant Annual Ring Mass Extinction Xylem Vessel Atmospheric Composition 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yiannis Manetas
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece

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