J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2007, Vol. 49 ›› Issue (4): -.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2007.00388.x

Special Issue: Ecology and Global Changes

• Bioenergy Plants •    

Sap Flow of Populus euphratica in a Desert Riparian Forest in an Extreme Arid Region During the Growing Season

Jian-Hua Si, Qi Feng, Xiao-You Zhang, Zong-Qiang Chang, Yong-Hong Su and Hai-Yang Xi   

Abstract: In the present study, the heat pulse technique was applied to investigate the stem sap flow of Populus euphratica in a desert riparian forest in an extreme arid region from April to October 2003 and from May to October 2004. The experimental sites were in Qidaoqiao (101?0'' E, 41?9'' N) and Bayantaolai farm (101?4'' E, 42?1'' N) in Ejina county, in the low reaches of the Heihe River, China. The results indicated that the diurnal change in the velocity of sap flow showed minor fluctuations. At night, the rising of sap flow could be observed in the main tree species because of root pressure. During the growing season, the maximum average velocity was observed in July, followed by August, and the same velocity was observed in September and May; the minimum velocity was observed in October. The transpiration from June to August during the growing season accounted for approximately 70% of the annual total transpiration. The sap flow velocity of P. euphratica trees of different ages could be arranged in the order: 15 yr > 25 yr > 50 yr. Sap flow velocity was closely related to changes in micrometeorological factors, with average sap flow velocity showing a significant linear correlation with net radiation, air temperature and relative humidity.

Key words: desert riparian forest, extreme arid region, heat-pulse technique, Populus euphratica, sap flow velocity.

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