Biologia Plantarum

, 32:138 | Cite as

Influx and efflux of inorganic phosphate in sweet potato slices. effects of abscisic acid on bi-phasic kinetics

  • G. F. Israelstam
  • P. C. T. Chan
Original Paper


Influx and efflux of inorganic phosphate was determined in freshly cut and “aged” slices of sweet potato tubers, in the presence or absence of abscisic acid. Slices aged in the phytohormone took up considerably less phosphate than did the control slices. No difference in the rates of uptake of phosphate by the fresh tissue was observed. Kinetics of uptake of the aged untreated slices, proved to be bi-phasic. This was not the case for the treated slices. Neither the treated nor the untreated uptake curves for the fresh slices were bi-phasic. Efflux of phosphate from the slices aged in abscisic acid was greater than from the untreated slices. The results strongly suggest an effect of abscisic acid on the cell membrane.

Additional index words

Ipomea batatas phytohormones ion uptake 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. F. Israelstam
    • 1
  • P. C. T. Chan
    • 1
  1. 1.Scarborough CampusUniversity of TorontoMilitary Trail, West HillCanada

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