“Extreme droughts could lead to widespread death of eucalypts from embolisms, researchers say.
ArborCarbon scientists have co-authored publications that have investigated the link between bioclimate events like drought to the decline of eucalypt forests in Western Australi.
- Some trees can shrink the width of their water transport vessels in response to lack of water
- Eucalypts are not able to do this which puts them at risk of developing air bubbles in their vessels
- This would make them vulnerable to extreme heatwaves and drought due to climate change”