Transpiration and water relations of evergreen shrub species on an artificial landform for mine waste storage versus an adjacent natural site in semi-arid Western Australia

W. Gwenzi, Christoph Hinz, Timothy Bleby, Erik Veneklaas

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Abstract

In water-limited environments, transpiration may minimize deep drainage on engineered covers used for hazardous waste disposal. However, comparative studies investigating plant ecophysiology and water use on engineered covers and natural sites are limited. Water use patterns and plant-water relations of evergreen shrubs were monitored in semi-arid Western Australia to (1) investigate the response of plant-water relations and shrub transpiration to soil moisture changes and (2) quantify stand transpiration and its contribution to the water balance. The shrubs showed conservative (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)965-981
JournalEcohydrology
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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