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Wound Response in Trees

A. Bär et al. (2019): Fire effects on tree physiology. Free access, New Phytologist, 223: 1728–1741.

A.R. Biggs (1985): Suberized boundary zones and the chronology of wound response in tree bark. In PDF, Phytopathology, 75: 1191-1195.

B.A. Byers et al. (2020): Fire-scarred fossil tree from the Late Triassic shows a pre-fire drought signal. Free access, Scientific Reports, 10.

B.A. Byers et al. (2014): First known fire scar on a fossil tree trunk provides evidence of Late Triassic wildfire. In PDF, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 411: 180-187. See also here.

A.L. Decombeix et al. (2022): Tyloses in fossil plants: New data from a Mississippian tree, with a review of previous records. In Pdf, Botany Letters, 169: 1-17.
See also here and there.
Note figure 1: Schematic representation of tylosis formation seen in transverse and longitudinal sections.
Figure 4: Tyloses in extant and extinct vascular plants.

! A.-L. Decombeix et al. (2018): Under pressure? Epicormic shoots and traumatic growth zones in high-latitude Triassic trees from East Antarctica. Annals of Botany, 121: 681–689. See also here (in PDF).

H.D. Grissino-Mayer, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Lectures in Dendrochronology. Go to: History of Dendrochronology. PowerPoint presentation.
These expired links are now available through the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine. See especially:
! Tree Rings and Fire History.

M.A.K. Lalica and A.M.F. Tomescu (2023): Complex wound response mechanisms and phellogen evolution–insights from Early Devonian euphyllophytes. Abstract, New Phytologist, 239: 388-398.
"... The earliest occurrences of wound periderm pre-date the oldest known periderm produced systemically as a regular ontogenetic stage (canonical periderm), suggesting that periderm evolved initially as a wound-response mechanism. We hypothesize that canonical periderm evolved by exaptation of this wound sealing mechanism..."

L. Luthardt et al. (2018): Severe growth disturbances in an early Permian calamitalean – traces of a lightning strike? In PDF, Palaeontographica Abteilung B, 298: 1-22.
See also here.
! "... The special injury of the calamitalean described herein [...] exhibits an elongated to triangular shape, a central furrow, a scar-associated event ring of collapsed to distorted tracheids, and was ultimately overgrown by callus parenchyma. We suggest that this scar most likely was caused by a lightning strike ..."

C. Mays et al. (2022): End-Permian burnout: The role of Permian–Triassic wildfires in extinction, carbon cycling, and environmental change in eastern Gondwana. In PDF, Palaios, 37: 292–317.
See also here.
! Note figure 14: Artist’s reconstruction of the humid temperate but fire-adapted glossopterid biome during the end-Permian extinction interval (c. 252.1 Ma). Note the vegetative regeneration along the scorched trunks of the canopy-forming Glossopteris.
"... we conclude that elevated wildfire frequency was a short-lived phenomenon; recurrent wildfire events were unlikely to be the direct cause of the subsequent long-term absence of peat-forming wetland vegetation, and the associated ‘coal gap’ of the Early Triassic. ..."

! M.K. Putz and E.L. Taylor (1996): Wound response in fossil trees from Antarctica and its potential as a paleoenvironmental indicator. PDF file, IAWA Journal, 17: 77-88. See also here.

! F.H. Schweingruber and A. Börner (2018):
The Plant Stem
A Microscopic Aspect
. Springer Nature Switzerland AG. Open access! Excellent!
! Worth checking out: chapter 10.6 (starting on PDF page 161): Cambial wounding – Callus formation, overgrowing of wounds.

J.E. Sáenz-Ceja et al. (2022): Fire scar characteristics in two tropical montane conifer species from central Mexico. Open access, International Journal of Wildland Fire.

! O. Serra et al. (2022): The making of plant armor: the periderm Annual review of plant biology, 73: 405-432.
Note figure 1: Different protective tissues act during primary and secondary growth of stem and roots.
! Figure 4: Wound periderm formation and phellogen regulatory network.

! K.T. Smith et al. (2016): Macroanatomy and compartmentalization of recent fire scars in three North American conifers. In PDF, Can. J. For. Res., 46: 535–542. See also here.
"... The terminology presented here should facilitate communication among tree pathologists, wound anatomists, and dendrochronologists. ..."

M. Stoffel et al. (2019): Tree-ring correlations suggest links between moderate earthquakes and distant rockfalls in the Patagonian Cordillera. Open access, Scientific Reports.

! M. Stoffel and C. Corona (2014): Dendroecological dating of geomorphic disturbance in trees. In PDF, Tree-Ring Research 70: 3-20. See also here.

M. Stoffel and M. Klinkmüller (2013): 3D analysis of anatomical reactions in conifers after mechanical wounding: first qualitative insights from X-ray computed tomography. In PDF, Trees - Structure and Function, 27: 1805-1811. See also here.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Category:Plant anatomy.
Verthyllung (in German).

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