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Title: Variation in water-use efficiency and delta-C-13 levels in eucalyptus-grandis clones
Authors: Olbrich, BW
Le Roux, D
Poulter, AG
Bond, WJ
Stock, WD
Keywords: Eucalyptus grandis clones
Delta-C-13 levels
Water use efficiency
Civil engineering
Water resources
Issue Date: 1-Oct-1993
Publisher: Elsevier Science BV
Citation: Olbrich, BW, et al. 1993. Variation in water-use efficiency and delta-C-13 levels in eucalyptus-grandis clones. Journal of Hydrology, vol. 150, 04 February, pp 615-633
Abstract: This study aimed to determine whether the delta-C-13 levels in the foliage and twigs of four Eucalyptus grandis clones were related to their water use efficiency (WUE). This relationship has previously been demonstrated in a number of herbaceous species but not in mature trees. The study involved accurate measurements of tree trunk growth and water use over a period of 4 months, with subsequent isotopic analysis of mature foliage from the north and south side of the canopy, and young leaves from the top of the canopy. The water use efficiencies were found to vary from 5.97 X 10(-3) to 12.3 x 10(-3) m3 m-3. Significant differences were observed between clonal-mean water use efficiencies averaged over six sampling periods. The average delta-C-13 of the mature and young foliage was found to be significantly correlated with WUE. However, the correlation was weak, suggesting that the relationship between delta-C-13 and WUE is more complex in trees than suggested in the literature on crop plants. It is suggested that differences between sample trees in carbon allocation and leaf-to-air vapour pressure deficits may account for the poor correlation between delta-C-13 and WUE in the four E. grandis clones studied.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/1539
ISSN: 0022-1694
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