Journal article

Quercitol links the physiology, taxonomy and evolution of 279 eucalypt species

Andrew Merchant, Pauline Y Ladiges, Mark A Adams

GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

Aim: Increasing aridity over geological time-scales has driven a high degree of speciation within the Eucalyptus group in Australia. Isolation of gene pools by climatic and edaphic conditions and high rates of out-crossing have given rise to a large diversity of adaptive traits. Among these traits, adaptations of cellular biochemistry are likely to be significant in preserving cellular function during arid conditions. The aim of this study was to determine the quantitative and qualitative distribution of soluble carbohydrates and polyols in Eucalyptus. Location: Australia. Methods: We sampled 279 of the 700+ documented eucalypts (in the three genera comprising the eucalypts: Angophora Cav., ..

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