Leaf water content and potential in corn, sorghum, soybean, and sunflower

Neumann, H.H. and Thurtell, G.W. and Stevenson, K.R. and Beadle, C.L. (1974) Leaf water content and potential in corn, sorghum, soybean, and sunflower. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 54 (1). pp. 185-195.

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The Peltier-cooled thermocouple dewpoint hygrometer technique of in situ measurement of leaf water potential was further developed. The observed response of the instrument agreed so well with theoretical analysis that calibration based on theory was within 1% of that obtained using salt solutions of known water potential. Simultaneous measurements with the hygrometer and a beta gauge were made to derive the leaf water content–potential relationships for several crop plants. Results showed relative water contents dropping only to near 0.95 for mature corn (Zea mays L.); sorghum (Sorghum vulgare Pers.); and sunflower (Helianthus annus L.) leaves, and to 0.90 for not quite mature soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) leaves as potentials declined from near −1 bar to the plant wilting point (−8 to −14 bars). Further decline of leaf water potential resulted in relatively much greater loss of leaf water

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: Departments of Land Resource Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
Subjects: Social Sciences > Management
Divisions: Maize
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2012 10:38
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2012 10:39
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/cjps74-028
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/7591

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