Cell Permeability and Water Stress

  • O. Y. Lee-Stadelmann
  • E. J. Stadelmann
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 19)


Deficit of water, which all higher land plants in nature may experience recurrently during their life span, often causes significant changes in their growth, development, morphology, physiology and biochemistry (cf. Hsiao, 1973). These alterations depend ultimately on the effect of water shortage on the living protoplasm. However, the effect of a given water shortage on protoplasm will vary from species to species and, in fact, will be less severe in plants possessing morphological and anatomical features which enable them to reduce water loss or increase water uptake (drought avoidance, cf. Levitt, 1972).


Water Stress Water Permeability Cell Permeability Late Stress Early Stress 
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