Tree carbon relations
Almost 90% of the global biomass is stored in trees. Knowing the reactions of trees and forests to the ongoing increase in atmospheric CO2 concentrations and other global climate changes is thus of major importance to predict the future of the earth's biosphere and its feedback with the atmosphere. Together with my research group, I investigate carbon relations of trees with special emphasis on the effects of environmental stress.
A core research topic is the clarification of the physiological controls for the storage of carbon reserves (e.g. starch or storage lipids). While there is detailed knowledge about the regulation of carbon storage and re-mobilization at the level of individual leaves, these mechanisms are still largely unknown for sapwood, which resembles the largest carbon storage pool in trees. By combining experimental studies with field observations, we aim to identify how carbon reserves storage is controlled at the whole tree level, how climatic and biotic stress influences carbon storage, and how tissue concentrations of carbon storage compounds can be used as a proxy for the net tree carbon balance. In addition, we experimentally test the functional significance of a tree's carbon storage pool for its resilience under climatic stress, like drought and cold temperatures.
- Losing half the conductive area hardly impacts the water status of mature trees
Dietrich, L; Hoch, G; Kahmen, A; Korner, C
SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 8 10.1038/s41598-018-33465-0 OCT 9 2018
- Linkage of root morphology to anatomy with increasing nitrogen availability in six temperate tree species
Wang, WN; Wang, Y; Hoch, G; Wang, ZQ; Gu, JC
PLANT AND SOIL, 425 (1-2):189-200; 10.1007/s11104-018-3563-3 APR 2018
- Elevated CO2 compensates for drought effects in lemon saplings via stomatal downregulation, increased soil moisture, and increased wood carbon storage
Paudel, Indira; Halpern, Moshe; Wagner, Yael; et al.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY, 148: 117-127 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2018.01.004 APR 2018
- No carbon "bet hedging" in pine seedlings under prolonged summer drought and elevated CO2
Bachofen, Christoph; Moser, Barbara; Hoch, Guenter; et al.
JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 106 (1): 31-46 10.1111/1365-2745.12822 JAN 2018
- Dying piece by piece: carbohydrate dynamics in aspen (Populus tremuloides) seedlings under severe carbon stress
Wiley, Erin; Hoch, Gunter; Landhausser, Simon M.
JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY, 68 (18): 5221-5232 AUG 15 2017 Article (Details)
- Single-provenance mature conifers show higher non-structural carbohydrate storage and reduced growth in a drier location
Piper, Frida I.; Fajardo, Alex; Hoch, Gunter
TREE PHYSIOLOGY, 37 (8): 1001-1010 AUG 2017 Article (Details)
- Endogenous circadian rhythms in pigment composition induce changes in photochemical efficiency in plant canopies
Ignacio Garcia-Plazaola, Jose; Fernandez-Marin, Beatriz; Pedro Ferrio, Juan; et al.
PLANT CELL AND ENVIRONMENT, 40 (7): 1153-1162 JUL 2017 Article (Details)
- Carbon storage of trees exposed to carbon limitation
- Identifying the functions of different carbon storage compounds
- Drought effects on carbon- and water-relations of plants
- Tree growth and carbon-storage at cold climates
- Upscaling from trees to ecosystem processes (biogeochemistry)
- Tree water-carbon relations (biophysics)
- Applications for forest management (forestry)