Biologia Plantarum

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 481–510 | Cite as

Stomatal patchiness

  • J. Pospíšilová
  • J. Šantrůček


Different behaviour of small groups of stomata on a single leaf blade (stomatal patchiness) is reviewed. The occurrence of stomatal patchiness depends on plant species, age, leaf position, environmental conditions,etc. The possibility of errors in conventional evaluation of stomatal and non-stomatal (biochemical) limitations of photosynthesis resulting from patchy stomatal closure is analysed. The consequences of stomatal patchiness for leaf and plant photosynthesis and water economy are discussed. A brief survey of the techniques currently used for detection and quantification of stomatal patchiness is presented.


Stomatal Conductance Stomatal Closure Plant Cell Environ Stomatal Density Stomatal Aperture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Pospíšilová
    • 1
  • J. Šantrůček
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Experimental BotanyAcademy of Science of the Czech Republic, Na Karlovce 1Praha 6Czech Republic
  2. 2.Institute of Plant Molecular BiologyAcademy of Science of the Czech RepublicČeské BudějoviceCzech Republic

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