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    Rights statement: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication inJournal of Experimental Botany following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Xiaoqing Li, Sally Wilkinson, Jianbo Shen, Brian G Forde, William J Davies; Stomatal and growth responses to hydraulic and chemical changes induced by progressive soil drying, Journal of Experimental Botany, Volume 68, Issue 21-22, 16 December 2017, Pages 5883–5894, https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/erx381 is available online at https://academic.oup.com/jxb/article/68/21-22/5883/4596370

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Stomatal and growth responses to hydraulic and chemical changes induced by progressive soil drying.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>16/12/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Experimental Botany
Issue number21-22
Volume68
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)5883-5894
Publication statusPublished
Early online date6/11/17
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

A better understanding of physiological responses of crops to drought stress is important for ensuring sustained crop productivity under climate change. Here we studied the effect on 15 d-old maize (Zea mays L.) plants of a 6-d non-lethal period of soil drying (soil water potential (SWP) decreased from –0.20 to –0.81 MPa). Root growth was initially stimulated during drying (when SWP decreased from –0.31 to –0.38 MPa, c.f. –0.29 MPa in well-watered pots), followed by inhibition during Days 5–6 (SWP from –0.63 to –0.81 MPa). Abscisic acid (ABA) in the root began to accumulate as the root water potential declined during Days 2–3. Leaf elongation was inhibited from Day 4 (SWP < –0.51 MPa), just after leaf ABA content began to increase, but coinciding with a decline in leaf water potential. The stomatal conductance was restricted earlier in the younger leaf (4th) (on Day 3) than in the older leaf (3rd). The ethylene content of leaves and roots decreased during drying, but after the respective increase in ABA contents. This work identified critical timing of hydraulic and chemical changes at the onset of soil drying, which can be important in initiating early stomatal and growth responses to drought.

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This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication inJournal of Experimental Botany following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Xiaoqing Li, Sally Wilkinson, Jianbo Shen, Brian G Forde, William J Davies; Stomatal and growth responses to hydraulic and chemical changes induced by progressive soil drying, Journal of Experimental Botany, Volume 68, Issue 21-22, 16 December 2017, Pages 5883–5894, https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/erx381 is available online at https://academic.oup.com/jxb/article/68/21-22/5883/4596370