Journal Article

Stomatal conductance, growth and root signaling in young oak seedlings subjected to partial soil drying

C. Fort, M. L. Fauveau, F. Muller, P. Label, A. Granier and E. Dreyer

in Tree Physiology

Volume 17, issue 5, pages 281-289
Published in print May 1997 | ISSN: 0829-318X
Published online May 1997 | e-ISSN: 1758-4469 | DOI:
Stomatal conductance, growth and root signaling in young oak seedlings subjected to partial soil drying

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Leaf conductance, water relations, growth, and abscisic acid (ABA) concentrations in xylem sap, root apices and leaves were assessed in oak seedlings (Quercus robur L.) grown with a root system divided between two compartments and subjected to one of four treatments: (a) well watered, WW; (b) half of root system exposed to soil drying and half kept well watered, WD; (c) whole root system exposed to drought, DD; and (d) half of root system severed, RE. Sharp decreases in plant stomatal conductance, leaf water potential, hydraulic conductance and leaf growth were observed during DD treatment. No significant differences in plant leaf water potential and stomatal conductance were detected between the WW and WD treatments. Nevertheless, the WD treatment resulted in inhibition of leaf expansion and stimulation of root elongation only in the well-watered compartment. Abscisic acid concentrations did not change in leaves, root tips, or xylem sap of WD- compared to WW-treated plants. Increased concentrations of ABA were observed in xylem sap from DD-treated plant roots, but the total flux of ABA to shoots was reduced compared to that in WW-treated plants, because of decreases in transpiration flux. Similar plant responses to the WD and RE treatments indicate that the responses observed in the WD-treated plants were probably not triggered by a positive signal originating from drying roots.

Keywords: abscisic acid; Quercus robur; root growth; shoot growth; water stress; xylem sap

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