Influence of Osmotic Adjustment on Leaf Rolling and Tissue Death in Rice (Oryza sativa L.)


Osmotic adjustment, measured by the lowering of the osmotic potential at full turgor, and its influence on leaf rolling and leaf death was assessed in the lowland rice (Oryza sativa L.) cultivar IR36 in both the greenhouse and field. The degree of osmotic adjustment varied with the degree and duration of stress, but was usually 0.5 to 0.6 megapascal (maximally 0.8 to 0.9 megapascal) under severe stress conditions. In leaves in which osmotic adjustment was 0.5 to 0.6 megapascal, leaf rolling and leaf death occurred at lower leaf water potentials in adjusted than in nonadjusted leaves. We conclude that osmotic adjustment aids in the drought resistance of rice by delaying leaf rolling, thereby maintaining gas exchange, and by delaying leaf death

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oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:1066908Last time updated on 5/28/2012

This paper was published in PubMed Central.

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