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Leaf water relations of Eucalyptus cloeziana and Eucalyptus argophloia in response to water deficit


Ngugi, MR and Doley, D and Hunt, MA and Dart, P and Ryan, P, Leaf water relations of Eucalyptus cloeziana and Eucalyptus argophloia in response to water deficit, Tree Physiology, 23, (5) pp. 335-343. ISSN 0829-318X (2003) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1093/treephys/23.5.335


Leaf water relations responses to limited water supply were determined in 7-month-old plants of a dry inland provenance of Eucalyptus argophloia Blakely and in a humid coastal provenance (Gympie) and a dry inland provenance (Hungry Hills) of Eucalyptus cloeziana F. Muell. Each provenance of E. cloeziana exhibited a lower relative water content at the turgor loss point, a lower apoplastic water content, a smaller ratio of dry mass to turgid mass and a lower bulk modulus of elasticity than the single provenance of E. argophloia. Osmotic potential at full turgor and water potential at the turgor loss point were significantly lower in E. argophloia and the inland provenance of E. cloeziana than in the coastal provenance of E. cloeziana. There was limited osmotic adjustment in response to soil drying in E. cloeziana, but not in E. argophloia. Between-species differences in water relations parameters were larger than those between the E. cloeziana provenances. Both E. cloeziana provenances maintained turgor under moderate water stress through a combination of osmotic and elastic adjustments. Eucalyptus argophloia had more rigid cell walls and reached lower water potentials with less reduction in relative water content than either of the E. cloeziana provenances, thereby enabling it to extract water from dryer soils.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:apoplastic water, bulk modulus of elasticity, drought tolerance, leaf anatomy, osmotic adjustments, pressure-volume curves, subtropics
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Tree nutrition and physiology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood plantations
UTAS Author:Hunt, MA (Professor Mark Hunt)
ID Code:102750
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:35
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2015-09-04
Last Modified:2015-10-06
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