Assistant Professor John Zhang publishes paper in journal New Phytologist

Per Dr. Zhang, the paper, titled Xylem conduit deformation across vascular plants: an evolutionary spandrel or protective valve? is an important contribution to plant hydraulics and plant physiology. It will change our view on how plants transport water; most vascular plants transport water using soft tubings (conduits) in leaves rather than rigid pipes (as we previously thought).”

The contributors include Zhang YJ, Hochberg U, Rockwell FE, Ponomarenko A, Chen YJ, Manandhar A, Graham AC, Holbrook NM.