Abstract

The importance of water in the physiology of plants makes it desirable to have an understanding of the nature and origin of the forces responsible for the movement of water into and out of plant cells and tissues. Only incidental attention will be given to the absorption and translocation of water in the plant as a whole in this chapter because these topics are discussed in detail in Volume 3 of this series. It may seem that the uptake of water by cells must be fully understood by this time, but those most familiar with the literature of this subject know that this is not true. There are differences in opinion concerning the relative importance of osmotic and nonosmotic forces in water uptake, concerning the relation of water uptake to growth and cell enlargement, and even concerning the best terminology to use in discussing the problems.

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