Biologia Plantarum

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 246–252 | Cite as

Effect of water stress on leaf and root growth, and water uptake ofGmelina arborea ROXB. seedlings

  • O. Osonubi
Original Papers


Young seedlings ofGmelina arborea Roxb. were subjected to 2 weeks of drought. Despite the gradual reduction in stomatal conductance, leaf and root growth was not affected until the later part of the stress period. This was attributed to solute adjustment in the roots of the plants. As the severity of water stress increased, root growth was prolific in all the soil segments. As a result, water in the lowest soil segment was used to maintain plant turgor, which in turn sustains the leaf and root growth during the water-stress treatment. The influence of soil water content and soil water potential upon soil water uptake rate was also evaluated on soil profile basis. Rates of extraction began to decline in all soil segments as soon as soil water potential fell below -0.06 MPa, presumably as a result of vapour gaps between the root and soil (root: soil interface resistance). It is suggested that the growth of roots ofGmelina plants away from drying soil will minimize the resistance to water uptake.


Soil Water Water Stress Water Potential Soil Water Content Stomatal Conductance 
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  • O. Osonubi
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  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of IbadanIbadanNigeria

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