In water-limited systems, pulses of rainfall can trigger a cascade of plant physiological responses. However, the timing and size of the physiological response can vary depending on plant and environmental characteristics, such as rooting depth, plant size, rainfall amount, or antecedent soil moisture. We investigated the influence of pulses of rainfall on the response of sap flow of two dominant evergreen tree species, Eucalyptus crebra
(a broadleaf) and Callitris glaucophylla
(a needle leaved tree), in a remnant open woodland in eastern Australia.
Zeppel, Melanie; Macinnis-Ng, Catrioina M.O.; Ford, Chelcy R.; Eamus, Derek. 2008. The response of sap flow to pulses of rain in a temperate Australian woodland. Plant Soil (2008) 305:121 130