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Title: Strategies of leaf water uptake based on anatomical traits.
Authors: Souza, Daniela Boanares de
Isaias, Rosy Mary dos Santos
Kozovits, Alessandra Rodrigues
Keywords: Apoplastic marker
Leaf absorption rate
Leaf anatomy
Montane ecosystems
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: SOUZA, D. B. de; ISAIAS, R. M. S.; KOZOVITS, A. R. Strategies of leaf water uptake based on anatomical traits. Plant Biology , v. 21, p. 1-9, 2018. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 11 fev. 2019.
Abstract: The ability of leaves to absorb fog water can positively contribute to the water and carbon balance of plants in montane ecosystems, especially in periods of soil water deficit. However, the ecophysiological traits and mechanisms responsible for variations in the speed and total water absorption capacity of leaves are still poorly known. • This study investigated leaf anatomical attributes of seven species occurring in seasonal tropical high-altitude ecosystems (rocky outcrop and forest), which could explain differences in leaf water uptake (LWU) capacities. We tested the hypothesis that different sets of anatomical leaf attributes will be more marked in plant individuals living under these contrasting environmental conditions. Anatomical variations will affect the initial rate of water absorption and the total storage capacity, resulting in different strategies for using the water supplied by fog events. • Water absorption by leaves was inferred indirectly, based on leaf anatomical structure and visual observation of the main access routes (using an apoplastic marker), the diffusion of water through the cuticle, and non-glandular or glandular trichomes in all species. • The results suggest that three LWU strategies coexist in the species studied. The different anatomical patterns influenced the speed and maximum LWU capacity. The three LWU strategies can provide different adaptive advantages to adjust to temporal and spatial variations of water availability in these tropical high-altitude environments.
ISSN: 14358603
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