UMD Professor Studies Tree Anatomy

December 05, 2017 09:11 AM

DULUTH - A professor within the Biology Department at UMD found some interesting results when studying the anatomy of trees. Dr. Jessica Savage, assistant professor, wanted to study how trees are able to move carbohydrates around when they grow really tall.  

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She says scientists have wondered how trees can still move their sugars and carbohydrates around as they grow bigger, and why they don't just slow down, and stop growing at some point if they have to move sugars around.

She found out the answer lies in the anatomy of the tree.

"We found that there are these really large changes in sort of the structure of the vascular system as trees get taller, and that this is how they're able to actually maintain efficiency," said Savage. 

Savage says that she hopes to study other tree species and how they develop.

"This is significant because it changes how we think about growth in trees and the factors that contribute to tree height, and this new knowledge could be applied to other areas of research including crop production," Savage said in a release.     


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