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Physiological implications of ultradian oscillations in plant roots


Shabala, SN, Physiological implications of ultradian oscillations in plant roots, Plant and Soil, 255, (1) pp. 217-226. ISSN 0032-079X (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1023/A:1026198927712


Oscillatory processes are ubiquitous in the Plant Kingdom. Surprisingly, many plant physiologists ignored these as physiologically unimportant unwanted 'noise'. Based on the application of the non-invasive ion-selective flux measuring (the MIFE) technique, this paper provides experimental evidence that ultradian oscillations in roots are a widespread phenomenon and reviews some physiological implications of ultradian rhythms in root nutrient acquisition. It is shown that the rhythmical character of root nutrient uptake is a characteristic feature for all measured species (both monocots and dicots; C3 and C4 type of photosynthesis). These oscillations were present in all major functional root zones, including root meristem, elongation and mature zone, and root hair region. For the first time, ultradian ion flux oscillations have been reported from the developing root hairs and from vertically grown roots exhibiting circumnutations. Several types of ultradian oscillations were distinguished, including those associated with extension growth of root tissues, more slow oscillations associated with either root circumnutation or nutrient acquisition in the mature zone, and rhythmical fluctuation in nutrient acquisition, associated with root adaptive responses to environmental stresses. Some underlying ionic mechanisms are discussed. Overall, these results show a crucial role of the rhythmical membrane-transport processes in plant-soil environmental interaction.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Plant physiology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Shabala, SN (Professor Sergey Shabala)
ID Code:26888
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2004-04-21

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