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Responses of leaf area LA, stomatal conductance gs, root length RL and root hydraulic conductance per unit of root length Lpunit to top soil dryness were investigated. Pigeon pea Cajanus cajan and sesbania Sesbania sesban were grown in a vertical split-root system. From sixty-six days after sowing, the top soil was dried while the bottom soil was kept wet. Pigeon pea increased LA while maintaining leaf water potential ΨL by reducing gs. Increased transpirational demand through canopy development was compensated for by increasing water extraction in the bottom soil. This was achieved by increasing not only RL but also Lpunit. Sesbania kept constant levels of gs, causing a transient reduction of ΨL. ΨL of sesbania was, then, recovered by increasing only RL, but not Lpunit, in the bottom soil while suspending LA extension, suggesting that sesbania regulated only the root area to LA ratio. This study demonstrated a species-specific significance of Lpunit and coordination among Lpunit, RL, gs and LA in exploitation of wet-deeper soils in response to top soil dryness.

KEYWORDS

Deep Roots; Drought; High Pressure Flow Meter; Hydraulic Resistance; Stomatal Aperture; Water Acquisition

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N. Sekiya and H. Araki -Responses of Root Hydraulic Properties and Transpirational Factors to a Top Soil Drying in Cajanus cajan and Sesbania sesban,- American Journal of Plant Sciences, Vol. 4 No. 12C, 2013, pp. 38-46. doi: 10.4236-ajps.2013.412A3005.





Autor: Nobuhito Sekiya, Hideki Araki

Fuente: http://www.scirp.org/



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