Visiting scientist – I-Ling Lai will give an ENVIRON lecture

Welcome to the ENVIRON’s lectures!

You are all invited to another ENVIRON seminar, which will take place on 12th of October at 13:00 in room D- 239, Metsamaja, EMÜ.

Title: The physiological adaptation of yellow false cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa var. formosana) in a perhumid subtropical mountainous cloud forest in Taiwan

Speaker: Dr. I-Ling Lai
Institute of Bioresources, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan


Taiwan is a tiny island in the subtropical East Asia. Due to the high mountain ranges and Northeast Monsoon, up to 70% area of the island are covered by forest. Yellow false cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa var. formosana), a relic giant tree species from Cupressaceae, adapted to the perhumid ecosystem and dominated in the mountainous areas of Taiwan, where fog frequently occurs. The physiological studies of the species from seedlings to old trees were conducted in the forest site. The results show that leaf growth, morphological adjustment and photosynthetic capacity were highly influenced by the obtained light intensity. The special leaf structure of yellow cypress has adapted to foggy condition for uptake nutrients from fog drops and retard formation of water film on stomata.

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