Drought will not leave your glass empty: Low risk of hydraulic failure revealed by long-term drought observations in world's top wine regions
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Copyright © 2018 The Authors, some rights reserved;. Grapevines are crops of global economic importance that will face increasing drought stress because many varieties are described as highly sensitive to hydraulic failure as frequency and intensity of summer drought increase. We developed and used novel approaches to define water stress thresholds for preventing hydraulic failure, which were compared to the drought stress experienced over a decade in two of the world's top wine regions, Napa and Bordeaux. We identified the physiological thresholds for drought-induced mortality in stems and leaves and found small intervarietal differences. Long-term observations in Napa and Bordeaux revealed that grapevines never reach their lethal water-potential thresholds under seasonal droughts, owing to a vulnerability segmentation promoting petiole embolism and leaf mortality. Our findings will aid farmers in reducing water use without risking grapevine hydraulic integrity.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1126/sciadv.aao6969
Publication InfoCharrier, G; Corso, D; Delmas, CEL; Delzon, S; Domec, Jean-Christophe; Gambetta, GA; ... Zhang, L (2018). Drought will not leave your glass empty: Low risk of hydraulic failure revealed by long-term drought observations in world's top wine regions. Science Advances, 4(1). 10.1126/sciadv.aao6969. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/16149.
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Visiting Professorin the Nicholas School of the Environment
Bordeaux Sciences Agro in FRANCE (primary appointment)Discovery of knowledge in Plant water relations, ecosystem ecology and ecohydrology, with special focus on: - Long-distance water transport under future climate; - Drought tolerance and avoidance; - Patterns of changes in structural and functional traits within individual plants. My goal as a researcher is to improve the fundamental science understanding of how plants and terrestrial ecosystems respond to climate