Ecophysiological acclimatization to cyclic water stress in Eucalyptus

  • Rogério de Souza Nóia JúniorEmail author
  • Genilda Canuto Amaral
  • José Eduardo Macedo Pezzopane
  • Mariana Duarte Silva Fonseca
  • Ana Paula Câmara da Silva
  • Talita Miranda Teixeira Xavier
Original Paper


Drought is considered the main environmental factor limiting productivity in eucalyptus plantations in Brazil. However, recent studies have reported that exposure to water deficit conditions enables plants to respond to subsequent stresses. Thus, this study investigates the ecophysiological acclimatization of eucalyptus clones submitted to recurrent water deficit cycles. Eucalyptus seedlings were submitted to three recurrent water deficit cycles and anatomical, morphological and physiological changes were analyzed. The results were: (1) Eucalyptus seedlings responded to water deficits by directing carbohydrates to root and stem growth; (2) Size and number of stomata were reduced; (3) Stomatal conductance decreased which allowed the plants to reduce water losses through transpiration, increasing instantaneous water use efficiency; (4) The relationship between gas exchanges and available water contents allowed the seedlings to uptake the retained soil water at higher tensions; and, (5) Physiological recovery from subsequent water deficits became faster. As a result of these changes, the eucalyptus seedlings recovered from the same degree of water stress more rapidly.


Carbon partition Drought Gas exchange Morpho-physiological changes Photosynthetic apparatus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rogério de Souza Nóia Júnior
    • 1
    Email author
  • Genilda Canuto Amaral
    • 2
  • José Eduardo Macedo Pezzopane
    • 2
  • Mariana Duarte Silva Fonseca
    • 2
  • Ana Paula Câmara da Silva
    • 2
  • Talita Miranda Teixeira Xavier
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biosystems Engineering ESALQUniversity of São PauloPiracicabaBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Forestry Sciences NEDTECFederal University of Espirito SantoJerônimo MonteiroBrazil

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