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Separating active and passive influences on stomatal control of transpiration


McAdam, SAM and Brodribb, TJ, Separating active and passive influences on stomatal control of transpiration, Plant Physiology, 164 pp. 1578-1586. ISSN 0032-0889 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 American Society of Plant Biologists

DOI: doi:10.1104/pp.113.231944


Motivated by studies suggesting that the stomata of ferns and lycophytes do not conform to the standard active abscisic acid (ABA)-mediated stomatal control model, we examined stomatal behavior in a conifer species (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) that is phylogenetically midway between the fern and angiosperm clades. Similar to ferns, daytime stomatal closure in response to moderate water stress seemed to be a passive hydraulic process in M. glyptostroboides immediately alleviated by rehydrating excised shoots. Only after prolonged exposure to more extreme water stress did active ABA-mediated stomatal closure become important, because foliar ABA production was triggered after leaf turgor loss. The influence of foliar ABA on stomatal conductance and stomatal aperture was highly predictable and additive with the passive hydraulic influence. M. glyptostroboides thus occupies a stomatal behavior type intermediate between the passively controlled ferns and the characteristic ABA-dependent stomatal closure described in angiosperm herbs. These results highlight the importance of considering phylogeny as a major determinant of stomatal behavior.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Metasequoia, stomata, passive, active, ABA, transpiration
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 biological sciences
UTAS Author:McAdam, SAM (Dr Scott McAdam)
UTAS Author:Brodribb, TJ (Professor Tim Brodribb)
ID Code:95872
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:104
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2014-10-09
Last Modified:2017-11-01

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