Text by Lauri Laanisto
Ülo has written another commentary piece to Tree Physiology (link to the previous one from January), commenting this time the paper by Patricia González-Zurdo and others “Costs of leaf reinforcement in response to winter cold in evergreen species” published in the same Tree Physiology number (link to full text).
This time, obvious from the title as well, Ülo discusses, based on some reanalyses of Gonzales-Zurdo paper, about the frost induced structural changes in the leafs. And how these changes can be rather different in angiosperms and gymnosperms. Contrasting evolutionary differences, especially on abiotic stress tolerance between broad- and needle-leaf trees seem to be quite promising research alley lately. I expect more interesting results to come, and hopefully I´ll soon manage to publish my own results as well. The graphs are getting restless in the unpublished manuscript drawer(s)…
Full citation: Niinemets, Ü. (2016). Does the touch of cold make evergreen leaves tougher? Tree physiology, tpw007, doi: 10.1093/treephys/tpw007. (link to full text)