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Fern and lycophyte guard cells do not respond to endogenous abscisic acid


McAdam, SAM and Brodribb, TJ, Fern and lycophyte guard cells do not respond to endogenous abscisic acid, Plant Cell, 24, (4) pp. 1510-1521. ISSN 1040-4651 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 American Society of Plant Biologists

DOI: doi:10.1105/tpc.112.096404


Stomatal guard cells regulate plant photosynthesis and transpiration. Central to the control of seed plant stomatal movement is the phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA); however, differences in the sensitivity of guard cells to this ubiquitous chemical have been reported across land plant lineages. Using a phylogenetic approach to investigate guard cell control, we examined the diversity of stomatal responses to endogenous ABA and leaf water potential during water stress. We show that although all species respond similarly to leaf water deficit in terms of enhanced levels of ABA and closed stomata, the function of fern and lycophyte stomata diverged strongly from seed plant species upon rehydration. When instantaneously rehydrated from a waterstressed state, fern and lycophyte stomata rapidly reopened to predrought levels despite the high levels of endogenous ABA in the leaf. In seed plants under the same conditions, high levels of ABA in the leaf prevented rapid reopening of stomata. We conclude that endogenous ABA synthesized by ferns and lycophytes plays little role in the regulation of transpiration, with stomata passively responsive to leaf water potential. These results support a gradualistic model of stomatal control evolution, offering opportunities for molecular and guard cell biochemical studies to gain further insights into stomatal control.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:stomata evolution fern
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:McAdam, SAM (Dr Scott McAdam)
UTAS Author:Brodribb, TJ (Professor Tim Brodribb)
ID Code:82457
Year Published:2012
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (FT100100237)
Web of Science® Times Cited:109
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2013-02-04
Last Modified:2017-11-01

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