Small groups of stomata on a single leaf blade (stomatal patchiness)

 

Stomatal patchiness

by Pospíšilová J., Šantrůček J. (1994)

in Biologia Plantarum, 1994, 36, 4, 481-510  – doi:10.1007/BF02921169

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http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02921169.

Abstract

Different behaviour of small groups of stomata on a single leaf blade (stomatal patchiness) is reviewed.

The occurrence of stomatal patchiness depends on plant species, age, leaf position, environmental conditions, etc. The possibility of errors in conventional evaluation of stomatal and non-stomatal (biochemical) limitations of photosynthesis resulting from patchy stomatal closure is analysed.

The consequences of stomatal patchiness for leaf and plant photosynthesis and water economy are discussed. A brief survey of the techniques currently used for detection and quantification of stomatal patchiness is presented.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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

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