, Volume 110, Issue 2, pp 131-144

The effect of nitrogen on the movement of tracers down the stolon of Saxifraga sarmentosa, with some observations on the influence of light

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Summary

The movement of applied 137Cs and of naturally-assimilated 14C down the long stolon of Saxifraga is strongly inhibited by confining a length of 10 to 30 cm of the stolon in an atmosphere of nitrogen. The inhibition is reversible, normal transport being restored after less then 4 h when the stolon is returned to air from 5 h in nitrogen. Callose formation does not seem to be involved. There is evidence that local darkness has a similar adverse effect on phloem transport.

These findings are considered antagonistic to the pressure-flow hypothesis, but favourable to the active mass-flow theories.

This work formed part of that submitted for the degree of Ph.D. of the University of London.