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Drought-induced tree mortality: a methodologic perspective to assess embolism formation

Supervisors: Dr David Galbraith, Prof. Emanuel Gloor, and Julia Tavares (gyjvt(at)leeds.ac.uk).

Hydraulic failure has been shown as the most likely cause of drought-induced tree mortality around the world. To better predict how forests will be affected by climate change, it is fundamentally important to find the best approach to assess embolism formation and characterize tree vulnerability and resistance to drought. The central aim of the proposed project is to compare two different approaches to assess hydraulic failures in plants. To do so, the student will induce drought conditions in a range of different tree species and evaluate their response to water stress. The findings from this project will be help to better understand causes of tree mortality in Amazonian forests.