This title appears in the Scientific Report : 2014 

Threshold response of stomatal closing ability to leaf abscisic acid concentration during growth
Giday, H. (Corresponding author)
Fanourakis, Dimitrios / Kajaer, K. H. / Fomsgaard, I. S. / Ottosen, C. -O.
Pflanzenwissenschaften; IBG-2
The @journal of experimental botany, 65 (2014) 15, S. 4361 - 4370
Oxford Univ. Press 2014
24863434
10.1093/jxb/eru216
Journal Article
European Plant Phenotyping Network
Plant Science
Sustainable Bioproduction
OpenAccess
Please use the identifier: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jxb/eru216 in citations.
Please use the identifier: http://hdl.handle.net/2128/8036 in citations.
Leaf abscisic acid concentration ([ABA]) during growth influences morpho-physiological traits associated with the plant’s ability to cope with stress. A dose–response curve between [ABA] during growth and the leaf’s ability to regulate water loss during desiccation or rehydrate upon re-watering was obtained. Rosa hybrida plants were grown at two relative air humidities (RHs, 60% or 90%) under different soil water potentials (–0.01, –0.06, or –0.08MPa) or upon grafting onto the rootstock of a cultivar sustaining [ABA] at elevated RH. Measurements included [ABA], stomatal anatomical features, stomatal responsiveness to desiccation, and the ability of leaves, desiccated to varying degrees, to recover their weight (rehydrate) following re-watering. Transpiration efficiency (plant mass per transpired water) was also determined. Soil water deficit resulted in a lower transpiration rate and higher transpiration efficiency at both RHs. The lowest [ABA] was observed in well-watered plants grown at high RH. [ABA] was increased by soil water deficit or grafting, at both RHs. The growth environment-induced changes in stomatal size were mediated by [ABA]. When [ABA] was increased from the level of (well-watered) high RH-grown plants to the value of (well-watered) plants grown at moderate RH, stomatal responsiveness was proportionally improved. A further increase in [ABA] did not affect stomatal responsiveness to desiccation. [ABA] was positively related to the ability of dehydrated leaves to rehydrate. The data indicate a growth [ABA]-related threshold for stomatal sensitivity to desiccation, which was not apparent either for stomatal size or for recovery (rehydration) upon re-watering.