Taxonomic complexity in the halophyte Limonium vulgare and related taxa (Plumbaginaceae): insights from analysis of morphological, reproductive and karyological data
Limonium is a well-known example of a group of plants that is taxonomically complex due to certain biological characteristics that hamper species’ delineation. The closely related polyploid species Limonium vulgare Mill., L. humile Mill. and L. narbonense Mill. are defined species and can be used for studying patterns of morphological and reproductive variation. The first two taxa are usually found in Atlantic Europe and the third in the Mediterranean region, but a number of intermediate morphological forms may be present alongside typical examples of these species. This study attempts to elucidate morphological, floral and karyological diversity representative of these taxa in the Iberian Peninsula.
Bursts of CO2 released during freezing offer a new perspective on avoidance of winter embolism in trees
Woody plants can suffer from winter embolism as gas bubbles are formed in the water-conducting conduits when freezing occurs: gases are not soluble in ice, and the bubbles may expand and fill the conduits with air during thawing. A major assumption usually made in studies of winter embolism formation is that all of the gas dissolved in the xylem sap is trapped within the conduits and forms bubbles during freezing. The current study tested whether this assumption is actually valid, or whether efflux of gases from the stem during freezing reduces the occurrence of embolism.
ZxNHX controls Na+ and K+ homeostasis at the whole-plant level in Zygophyllum xanthoxylum through feedback regulation of the expression of genes involved in their transport
In order to cope with arid environments, the xerohalophyte Zygophyllum xanthoxylum efficiently compartmentalizes Na+ into vacuoles, mediated by ZxNHX, and maintains stability of K+ in its leaves. However, the function of ZxNHX in controlling Na+ and K+ homeostasis at the whole-plant level remains unclear. In this study, the role of ZxNHX in regulating the expression of genes involved in Na+ and K+ transport and spatial distribution was investigated.