Stomatal behaviour in buffer solutions


Stomatal behaviour in buffer solutions

by Williams W. T., Shipton M. E. (1950)

in Physiologia Plantarum 3(4): 479-486 –  DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-3054.1950.tb07675.x – 

Wiley Online Library | –


Stomata open when epidermal strips are immersed in neutral unbuffered salt solutions. Unless due account is taken of such “salt effects” in interpreting results, similar experiments. using buffer solutions provide no reliable evidence of the response of stomata to changes in pH.

Such movements are also light-sensitive, and this factor must be controlled. In Pelargonium the movements are not accompanied by evident starch changes; if these occur they are too small to be demonstrated by simple inspection.

In Na acetate solution, however, Pelargonium shows a starch change of hitherto unrecorded type: the rapid complete disappearance of starch from individual guard-cells.


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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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