The unprecedented heatwave which hit the Pacific northwest of North America in late June-early July 2021 impacted ecosystems and communities, yet evidence for and analysis of this impact are still missing. Here we bring a unique dataset quantifying the impact on conifer trees, which are keystone species of many northwest ecosystems. Moreover, we take advantage of this exceptional event as a broad, extreme, 'field experiment' to test a fundamental theory in plant physiology and prepare our forests for a harsher future. Overall, the data collected confirm the role of hydraulic vulnerability in drought-induced injury to trees.
Keywords: conifers; desiccation; drought; xylem embolism; xylem vulnerability.
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