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Gas exchange and hydraulics during drought in crops: Who drives whom?

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posted on 2023-05-20, 06:21 authored by Flexas, J, Marc Carriqui AlcoverMarc Carriqui Alcover, Nadal, M
The correlation between stomatal, mesophyll and leaf hydraulic conductance (Kleaf), and the timing of each during regulation under drought, are not fully understood. Studies which make precise, parallel measurement of these variables during progressive imposition of drought are needed. Wang et al. (2018) provide novel insights, showing that, in rice, a decline of Kleaf is the earliest response to decreasing water availability, and they propose that it triggers the later decline of stomatal and mesophyll conductance. Comparison with results from other species intensifies the debate about the relationships between these variables, as well as between photosynthesis (i.e. productivity) and hydraulic failure (death).


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Journal of Experimental Botany










School of Natural Sciences


Oxford Univ Press

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Other plant production and plant primary products not elsewhere classified; Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences