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Improving water transport for carbon gain in crops


Brodribb, TJ and Holloway-Phillips, M-M and Bramley, H, Improving water transport for carbon gain in crops, Crop Physiology: Applications for Genetic Improvement and Agronomy, Elsevier, VO Sadras, DF Calderni (ed), United States, pp. 251-281. ISBN 978-012417104-6 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-417104-6.00011-X


The water transport system in plants provides a great and largely unexplored potential for improving the performance of crop plants. Water supply is well known as a critical limitation to crop productivity, but less well known is the fact that a substantial limitation to water supply occurs within the plant, due to a finite capacity of roots, stems and leaves to transport water. Understanding the limitations to maximum water transport in crop plants and what regulates the dynamic permeability of plant tissues provides an opportunity to enhance carbon accumulation and growth by ensuring sufficient water supply. In this chapter we examine the principles of plant water transport, with particular focus on how the anatomy of the xylem water-delivery system in the roots and leaves affects the efficiency with which water is supplied for transpiration under ample and water-deficit soil conditions, and present a vascular-centric view of the potential for improving crop yield.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:aquaporins, hydraulic conductivity, stomata, stomatal regulation, vein density, xylem vulnerability
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Crop and pasture biochemistry and physiology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural crops
Objective Field:Horticultural crops not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Brodribb, TJ (Professor Tim Brodribb)
ID Code:118342
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2017-07-10
Last Modified:2018-04-05

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