Respiration Measurements in Plant Roots Throughout Development

  • A. M. Johnson-Flanagan
Part of the Modern Methods of Plant Analysis book series (MOLMETHPLANT, volume 9)


Respiration can be defined in the simplest of terms as the consumption of oxygen. In reality, it is a complex process involving chemical reactions in glycolysis and the Krebs cycle and electron transfer in the electron transport chains. The process of respiration is controlled by interactions at many levels, including organ, tissue, cell, organelle and pathway. In addition, there are many other causes of oxygen consumption. Despite these complexities, respiration is usually measured simply as oxygen consumption. The purpose of this chapter is to demonstrate how measurements of oxygen consumption can be used to study differences in respiration in plant roots throughout development. Techniques will be outlined for apportioning respiratory activity, determining the impact of tissue organization and accounting for the confounding effects of extramitochondrial oxygen consumption.


Root Respiration Root Segment Hydroxamic Acid Propyl Gallate Respiration Measurement 
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