The Choat Lab

Plant Hydraulics and Water Relations

MicroCT experiment at the Australian Synchrotron

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We are currently at the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne to study the hydraulic vulnerability of Eucalyptus trees to drought-induced embolism. The X-ray microCT facility allows us to non-invasively observe embolism in vessels and scan plants repeatedly during a drought treatment.

Below is a short time lapse clip showing how our study trees are mounted onto the microCT stage (which is operated by a robotic arm) and then rotated during the scan:

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