Stomatal movement, potassium transport and CO2


Stomatal movement and potassium transport in epidermal strips of Zea mays: the effect of CO2

by Pallaghy C. K. (1971)

Michigan State University, East Lansing.

in Planta 101 287–295 – doi: 10.1007/BF00398115 –

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The correlation between stomatal action and potassium movement in the epidermis of Zea mays was examined in isolated epidermal strips floated on distilled water.

Stomatal opening in the isolated epidermis is reversible in response to alternate periods of light or darkness, and is always correlated with a shift in the potassium content of the guard cells.

K accumulates in guard cells during stomatal opening, and moves from the guard cells into the subsidiary cells during rapid stomatal closure.

When epidermal strips are illuminated in normal air, as against CO2-free air, the stomata do not open and there is a virtually complete depletion of K from the stomatal apparatus.

In darkness CO2-containing air inhibits stomatal opening and K accumulation in guard cells, but does not lead to a depletion of K from the stomata as observed in the light.


Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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