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Chemical regulation of gas exchange and growth of plants in drying soil in the field.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/1996
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Experimental Botany
Number of pages16
<mark>Original language</mark>English


There is now substantial evidence that chemical regulation of shoot physiology occurs in droughted plants in the field. The evidence that ABA may play a role in such regulation is considered, and topics of relevance to the worker interested in determining the ABA relations of plants in the field; such as the methods used for ABA quantification, the relevance of quantifying ABA in various plant tissues, methods of xylem sap collection and timing of sap collection are reviewed. A possible role of tissue sensitivity to ABA in controlling the diurnal changes in stomatal conductance and leaf growth rate seen in the field is also considered.