Wood Formation Under Drought Stress and Salinity

  • Silke LautnerEmail author
Part of the Plant Cell Monographs book series (CELLMONO, volume 20)


As our environment changes, salinity and drought are becoming increasingly significant abiotic stress factors. Salinity reduces the ability to take up water, and this in turn causes alterations in wood formation; changes that are very often found to correspond closely to those caused by water deficiency. For example, both abiotic stress factors lead to a reduction in the extent of year ring increment, and they also affect xylem element architecture, leading to alterations in the hydraulic properties, as well as the chemical composition of the woody body. The intensity of the response is found to be dependent not only on the intensity of the stress but also on tree species, intraspecific variety, and even on provenances.


Salt Stress Drought Stress Wood Formation Water Deficiency Vessel Element 
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This work was supported by funding from the Center for a Sustainable University, Universität Hamburg, Germany, providing a fellowship in the Postdoctoral Research Group ‘Sustainable Future’.


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  1. 1.Department of Wood ScienceUniversität HamburgHamburgGermany

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