Andean Plants Freezing Avoidance

In contrast to the behaviour of Afro-alpine plants, Andean Espeletias are injured by freezing of the cell water. Obviously ice formation is occurring intracellularly in these plants. They need to avoid freezing of cellular water and survive the nights in a super-cooled state. As depicted in Fig. 12.15 for all the different organs and tissues of Espeletia spicata and E. timotensis in the Andes, the supercooling points, at which ice formation would happen, are always much lower than the lowest temperatures actually found in these organs and tissues. Ambient temperature is modulated in the tissues by the various strategies discussed in Sect. 12.3.1. Supercooling and freezing avoidance for the Andean giant-rosette plants therefore must be considered as an appropriate mode of achieving sufficient frost resistance.

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