Release of malate during stomatal closure


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Commelina communis (Asiatic Dayflower)

Release of malate from epidermal strips during stomatal closure. 

by Van Kirk C. A., Raschke K. (1978)

Carol A. Van KirkKlaus Raschke

in Plant Physiology 61, 474475 – DOI: –

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Isolated epidermal strips of Vicia faba and Commelina communis release malate into their bathing medium when stomata close. This release was largest (about 0.6 of the initial malate content) when epidermal strips of C. communis were floated on 10−5 M (±)-abscisic acid.


Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

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

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