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Interaction of flooding and salinity stress on baldcypress (Taxodium distichum)

Tree Physiology

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Abstract

Coastal wetlands of the Southeastern United States are threatened by increases in flooding and salinity as a result of both natural processes and man-induced hydrolic alterations. Furthermore, global climate change scenarios suggest that, as a consequence of rising sea levels, much larger areas of coastal wetlands may be affected by flooding and salinity in the next 50 to 100 years. In this paper, we review studies designed to improve our ability to predict and ameliorate the impacts of increased flooding and salinity stress on baldcypress (Taxodium distichum (L.) Rich.), which is a dominant species of of many coastal forested wetlands. Specifically, we review studies on species-level responses to flooding and salinity stress, alone and in combination, we summarize two studies on intraspecific variation in response to flooding and salinity stress, we analyze the physiological mechanisms thought to be responsible for the interaction between flooding and salinity stress, and we discuss the implications for coastal wetland loss and the prospects for developing salt-tolerant lines of baldcypress.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Interaction of flooding and salinity stress on baldcypress (Taxodium distichum)
Series title:
Tree Physiology
Volume
16
Issue:
1-2
Year Published:
1996
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wetlands Research Center
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Tree Physiology
First page:
307
Last page:
313
Number of Pages:
7