Air method measurements of apple vessel length distributions with improved apparatus and theory
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Journal of Experimental Botany. 54(389): 1889-1897.
Studies showing that rootstock dwarfing potential is related to plant hydraulic conductance led to the hypothesis that xylem properties are also related. Vessel length distribution and other properties of apple wood from a series of varieties were measured using the 'air method' in order to test this hypothesis. Apparatus was built to measure and monitor conductivity to air of fresh wood segments of different lengths. Theory for determining vessel length distribution was improved to give a single parameter uni-modal vessel length probability density function.
Cohen, Shabtal; Bennink, John; Tyree, Mel. 2003. Air method measurements of apple vessel length distributions with improved apparatus and theory. Journal of Experimental Botany. 54(389): 1889-1897.