The 9th International Workshop on Sap Flow, held in Ghent, Belgium, from 4 to 7 June 2013 (convener: Kathy Steppe) was the forum for international exchange of new scientific ideas and discoveries related to sap flow. About 160 participants coming from 30 different countries attended the 9th International Workshop on Sap Flow. The focus was on disseminating the latest research and innovative ideas within the field of plant hydraulic functioning, including drought stress, cavitation, climate change effects on forest ecosystem functioning and mechanistic plant modelling. In addition, the workshop reflected on new measurement methodologies and discussed the tight hydraulic link between xylem and phloem flow. An exciting line up of well-respected keynote speakers (Guillermo Goldstein, Frederick C. Meinzer, H. Jochen Schenk, Teemu Hölttä and Michael J. Clearwater) introduced the five defined topics. Oral and poster contributions related to the topics came from different research fields (individual plants, natural and man-made ecosystems) and stimulated important cross-fertilisation. The excellent scientific program complemented with an exciting social program, including a gastronomical discovery of Ghent during a guided tour and boat trip, made the delegates’ stay very worthwhile.
STReESS was offering five grants for Early Stage Researchers (ESR) to attend. This initiative aims to increase attendance of young scientists at the workshop by providing participation funds. Increasing diversity among the workshop attendees is another primary goal. All ESRs from STReESS-participating countries were strongly encouraged to apply. The following ESRs were selected to participate:
- Claudia Cocozza (Dipartimento di Bioscienze e Territorio, Università del Molise, IT)
Contribution: Stem water relations provide new insights on shrinkage–swelling phenomena in olive trees.
- Paul Copini (Wageningen University, NL)
Contribution: Vessel formation and xylem sap flow in flooded pedunculate oaks.
- Indira Paudel (Volcani Centre, IL)
Contribution: A simple robust model of nectarine orchard sap flow, transpiration, and capacitance based on climate and mid-day stem water potential.
- Johannes Liesche (University of Copenhagen, Department for Plant and Environmental Sciences, DK)
Contribution: Theoretical and experimental determination of phloem translocation velocities in gymnosperm and angiosperm trees.
- Giai Petit (Università degli Studi di Padova – Dip. Territorio e Sistemi Agro-Forestali, IT)
Contribution: Widening of xylem conduits and its effect on the diurnal course of water potential gradients along leaf venations.
More information can be found on the Sap Flow Workshop website