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Callitris tuberculata. © A. Wesolowski

Callitris tuberculata: the most drought-resistant tree in the world

In a context of climate change and forest fragility, an international consortium of scientists led by INRA1 have identified the world’s most drought-resistant tree species in the world. Results of the study, which appear in the June issue of Plant Physiology, were obtained using an instrumental analysis of the cavitation process, and provide new leads for the adaptation of trees to future climate change.

Updated on 06/08/2017
Published on 06/15/2015
Keywords: drought - tree

Drought-induced hydraulic failure is a leading cause of mortality of trees in severe drought conditions. It has become a major concern in light of future climate predictions, with forests across the world showing signs of vulnerability to intense and prolonged drought events.

A single Callitris tuberculata tree among a sample found near Lake Grace in Australia. Bottom right: the tree’s cones.. © A. Wesolowski
A single Callitris tuberculata tree among a sample found near Lake Grace in Australia. Bottom right: the tree’s cones. © A. Wesolowski
In a study of the Callitris, a conifer species highly adapted to extreme drought, an international team led by INRA scientists1 have proven that Callitris tuberculata, found in extremely dry areas of Western Australia, is the most drought-resistant tree in the world. Hydraulic conductance (the circulation of water) is always possible inside these trees, even at pressures close to the practical limit of water metastability, suggesting that the vascular system which transports the water has evolved under drought stress to obtain the absolute limit. This research has identified a limit up to which trees can adapt to drought. Researchers also suggest that Callitris tuberculata, a desert species, will not be able to adapt to a drier climate, despite forecasts from climate specialists that the tree’s habitat will become even more arid.

While other drought resistance mechanisms exist, such as avoidance (seen in ephemerals2) or protection via thick and fleshy parts (seen in succulent plants such as cacti), these are rarely observed in trees.

Cavitation: key to understanding drought resistance

Cavitation is the process by which an air bubble forms in the vascular system of a tree (its ‘xylem’) and bursts the water column, preventing the circulation of sap. Cavitation occurs during periods of severe drought and, at high rates, can kill a tree. Scientists used a prototype for measuring this phenomenon, the Cavitron, to assess drought tolerance in trees (particularly Callitris tuberculata) by examining hydraulic conductance in a tree branch under negative pressure to obtain a cavitation vulnerability curve and information about drought tolerance in different species, populations and genotypes.

Finding ways to adapt to climate change

Findings on drought tolerance in Callitris tree species show that significant leeway exists for improving drought resistance in species found in our temperate climates (oak, pine, spruce, beech). Determining the genetic properties of these characteristics and identifying QTLs (quantitative trait loci, regions in a genome associated with a quantitative characteristic) and genes of interest will be important areas to explore for the future.
 
1. Researchers from the Biodiversity, Genes and Communities Joint Research Unit (BIOGECO, INRA– Université de Bordeaux) and the Integrative Physics and Physiology of Fruit and Forest Trees Joint Research Unit (PIAF , INRA–Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand).
2. Plants with a very short life span which survive dry seasons through seed dormancy (found in arid, desert areas).

Reference
Larter M., Brodribb J., Pfautsch S., Burlett R., Cochard H., Delzon S., 2015, Extreme aridity pushes trees to their physical limits, Plant Physiology. doi:10.1104/pp.15.00223

Contact(s)
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  • Sylvain Delzon (33 (0)5 40 00 38 91 ) Joint Research Unit for Biodiversity, Genes and Communities (INRA, Université de Bordeaux)
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INRA News Office (33 (0)1 42 75 91 86)
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Forest, Grassland and Freshwater Ecology
Associated Centre(s):
Bordeaux-Aquitaine
Cavitrón. © INRA, R. Ségura

The Cavitron prototype is an instrument used to measure drought tolerance in trees by evaluating hydraulic conductance in a tree branch under negative pressure. Centrifugation is used to induce negative pressure in the xylem (to simulate drought) and a hydrostatic pressure gradient at both ends. The branch is centred on a rotor and each end is submerged in tanks. The water levels in each tank vary, and the maximum level is determined by a hole in the tank. This difference creates a hydrostatic gradient which causes water to flow through the root, from the top tank to the bottom one. Measurements at different ‘steps’ (different speeds produce different pressure levels), generate a vulnerability curve in a matter of minutes, against which drought resistance in species and genotypes can be compared. A rotor which could operate at extremely high speeds was specially designed to measure cavitation vulnerability in Callitris trees.