Uwe Hacke

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair. Functional Plant Biology

Phone: 780-492-8511
Email: uwe.hacke@ualberta.ca
Office: 251 Earth Sciences
Office Hours: By appointment
Address: University of Alberta
251 Earth Sciences
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2E3

Job/Research Area: Functional Plant Biology

Personal website: http://www.ualberta.ca/~hacke/

Uwe Hacke is a participant in the Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) program sponsored by NSERC CREATE.

Major Responsibilities/Research Interests:

I am interested in plant responses to environmental stress, including moisture stress. Water deficits are one of the greatest challenges to tree growth and to the management of forests. Moisture deficits also limit present and future crop production in many parts of the world. Water is a topic of paramount importance for life, and our laboratory studies how plants optimize water use under different and changing environmental conditions.

I have studied water use in different biomes, including desert and temperate forest. We are fascinated by the structure of wood and how it relates to long-distance transport, but are also interested in aquaporins (membrane water channels, present in plants, mammals and most other organisms), and how their expression and activity affects water movement on a cellular and tissue level.

While the question how plants respond to environmental conditions is a central theme in our research, we work on a wide range of projects and use various methods. Our work integrates aspects of functional anatomy, molecular biology, organismic physiology, and eco-physiology.

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Selected Publications


U.G. Hacke, B. Lachenbruch, J. Pittermann, S. Mayr, J.-C. Domec, P.J. Schulte (2015) The hydraulic architecture of conifers. In: Functional and Ecological Xylem Anatomy (ed. U.G. Hacke). Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 39-75.

U.G. Hacke (2015) The hydraulic architecture of Populus. In: Functional and Ecological Xylem Anatomy (ed. U.G. Hacke). Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 103-131.

P.J. Schulte, U.G. Hacke, A.L. Schoonmaker (2015) Pit membrane structure is highly variable and accounts for a major resistance to water flow through tracheid pits in stems and roots of two boreal conifer species. New Phytologist. Abstract.

S.G. Schreiber, U.G. Hacke, A. Hamann (2015) Variation of xylem vessel diameter in a wide-spread boreal forest tree in western Canada: insights from a large-scale reciprocal transplant experiment. Functional Ecology

U.G. Hacke, M.D. Venturas, E.D. MacKinnon, A.L. Jacobsen, J.S. Sperry, R. B. Pratt (2015) The standard centrifuge method accurately measures vulnerability curves of long-vesselled olive stems. New Phytologist 205: 116–127. 


J. Laur, U.G. Hacke (2014) The Role of Water Channel Proteins in Facilitating Recovery of Leaf Hydraulic Conductance from Water Stress in Populus trichocarpa. PLoS ONE 9(11): e111751.

J. Laur, U.G. Hacke (2014) Exploring Picea glauca aquaporins in the context of needle water uptake and xylem refilling. New Phytologist 203: 388–400.

S. Mayr, P. Schmid, J. Laur, S. Rosner, K. Charra-Vaskou, B. Daemon, U.G. Hacke (2014) Uptake of water via branches helps timberline conifers refill embolized xylem in late winter. Plant Physiology 164: 1731–1740. 

U.G. Hacke (2014) Variable plant hydraulic conductance. Tree Physiology 34: 105-108. 

U.G. Hacke(2014) Irradiance-induced changes in hydraulic architecture. Botany 92: 437–442. 


L. Plavcová, S. Jansen, M. Klepsch, U.G. Hacke (2013) Nobody’s perfect: can irregularities in pit structure influence vulnerability to cavitation? Frontiers in Plant Science Vol 4 Article 453.

S.G. Schreiber, C. Ding, A. Hamann, U.G. Hacke, B.R. Thomas, J.S. Brouard (2013) Frost hardiness vs. growth performance in trembling aspen: an experimental test of assisted migration. Journal of Applied Ecology 50: 939-949.

J. Laur, U.G. Hacke (2013) Transpirational demand affects aquaporin expression in poplar roots. Journal of Experimental Botany 64: 2283–2293.

W.R.L. Anderegg, L. Plavcová, L.D.L. Anderegg, U.G. Hacke, J.A. Berry, C.B. Field (2013) Drought’s Legacy: Multi-year hydraulic deterioration underlies widespread aspen forest die-off and portends increased future risk. Global Change Biology.

S.G. Schreiber, A. Hamann, U.G. Hacke, B.R. Thomas (2013) Sixteen years of winter stress: an assessment of cold hardiness, growth performance and survival of hybrid poplar clones at a boreal planting site. Plant, Cell and Environment.

L. Plavcová, U.G. Hacke, A.M. Almeida-Rodriguez, E. Li, C.J. Douglas (2013) Gene expression patterns underlying changes in xylem structure and function in response to increased nitrogen availability in hybrid poplar. Plant, Cell and Environment 36: 186-199

Other selected publications

U.G. Hacke, A.L. Jacobsen, R.B. Pratt, C. Maurel, B. Lachenbruch, J. Zwiazek (2012) Meeting report: New research on plant-water relations examines the molecular, structural, and physiological mechanisms of plant responses to their environment. New Phytologist 196: 345-348

L. Plavcová, U.G. Hacke (2012) Phenotypic and developmental plasticity of xylem in hybrid poplar saplings subjected to experimental drought, nitrogen fertilization and shading. Journal of Experimental Botany 63: 6481-6491

B. Choat et al. (2012) Global convergence in the vulnerability of forests to drought. Nature 491: 752-755

A.L. Jacobsen, R.B. Pratt, M.F. Tobin, U.G. Hacke, F.W. Ewers (2012) A global analysis of xylem vessel length in woody plants. American Journal of Botany 99: 1583-1591

A.M. Almeida-Rodriguez, U.G. Hacke (2012) Cellular localization of aquaporin mRNA in hybrid poplar stems. American Journal of Botany 99: 1249-1254

L. Plavcová, U.G. Hacke (2011) Heterogeneous distribution of pectin epitopes and calcium in different pit types of four angiosperm species. New Phytologist 192: 885-897

S.G. Schreiber, U.G. Hacke, A. Hamann, B.R. Thomas (2011) Genetic variation of hydraulic and wood anatomical traits in hybrid poplar and trembling aspen. New Phytologist 190: 150-160

L. Plavcová, U.G. Hacke, J.S. Sperry (2011) Linking irradiance-induced changes in pit membrane ultrastructure with xylem vulnerability to cavitation. Plant, Cell and Environment 34: 501-513