On 19th August, Fellow Zhou Shuangxi at the Royal Research Institute of plants and food in New Zealand was invited to visit the Institute of Desertification Studies and made an academic report on “Bridging drought physiology experiment and modelling”. Over 10 teachers and students in the Institute participated in it.
Fellow Zhou explained to us that how to make a quantified research on leave’s gas exchanges(photosynthesis) on different functional types of trees respond and adjust to the drought conditions. It was pointed out that stomatal limitation (leaf stomatal conductance) and nonstomatal limitation have a great bearing on the impact of drought on photosynthesis. Besides, long-term low density drought hardening benefits plants adaptability to drought, to which degrees depending on functional types of plants. Young fellows at the Institute of Desertification Studies and Doctor Zhou made a heated and in-depth discussion on thoughts of scientific researches and experimental methods and put forward further plans on exchanges and collaborative research at the seminar. (Liu Yuguo / Institute of Desertification Studies)