Changes of non-structural carbohydrates and its impact factors in trees: A review

Yun Pu Zheng, He Xin Wang, Xin Lou, Qing Peng Yang, Ming Xu

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Non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs) are an important energy source for the metabolism of plants. The size of the NSC pool is likely to mirror the overall carbon supply status and its dynamics strongly influences physiological processes in plants. In order to predict the response and adaptation of trees to climate change, this review summarized the current understanding of NSC pool in trees, and mainly focused on its seasonal and spatial variation for analyzing the relationships between environmental factors and NSC allocation. Moreover, the response and adaptation strategies of NSC pool in trees to climate change were also discussed. Finally, some suggestions were proposed for the potential study orientation of NSC pool in trees in future climate conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1188-1196
Number of pages9
JournalChinese Journal of Applied Ecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology


  • Climate change
  • Non-structural carbohydrate (NSC)
  • Response and adaptation
  • Temperature
  • Water

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