, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 115-127

Regrowth of western wheatgrass utilizing 14C-labeled assimilates stored in belowground parts

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Summary

Results of this study showed that carbohydrates stored in the roots of western wheatgrass are utilized for regrowth following clipping of the aboveground foliage. Shoots remained dependent on carbohydrates stored in roots until sufficient photosynthetic leaf surface was developed to supply carbon to the shoots. During early phenophases, the partitioning of carbohydrates between shoots and roots was identical, indicating equal metabolic demands for carbon from both the shoot and root systems. Subsequent fluctuations in root and shoot carbohydrates may be caused by selected pressure imposed on either the root or shoot systems by physiological changes in these organs.

Respiratory losses of 14C were slower during the early phenophases which may indicate that either the rate of respiration was slower or that recently assimilated nonlabeled carbon sources were utilized for respiration instead of the endogenous sources assimilated earlier in the growth period. re]19760427