, Volume 177, Issue 1, pp 35–46

Cell water potential, osmotic potential, and turgor in the epidermis and mesophyll of transpiring leaves

Combined measurements with the cell pressure probe and nanoliter osmometer
  • Hiroshi Nonami
  • E.-D. Schulze

DOI: 10.1007/BF00392152

Cite this article as:
Nonami, H. & Schulze, E. Planta (1989) 177: 35. doi:10.1007/BF00392152


Water potential, osmotic potential and turgor measurements obtained by using a cell pressure probe together with a nanoliter osmometer were compared with measurements obtained with an isopiestic psychrometer. Both types of measurements were conducted in the mature region of Tradescantia virginiana L. leaves under non-transpiring conditions in the dark, and gave similar values of all potentials. This finding indicates that the pressure probe and the osmometer provide accurate measurements of turgor, osmotic potentials and water potentials. Because the pressure probe does not require long equilibration times and can measure turgor of single cells in intact plants, the pressure probe together with the osmometer was used to determine in-situ cell water potentials, osmotic potentials and turgor of epidermal and mesophyll cells of transpiring leaves as functions of stomatal aperture and xylem water potential. When the xylem water potential was-0.1 MPa, the stomatal aperture was at its maximum, but turgor of both epidermal and mesophyll cells was relatively low. As the xylem water potential decreased, the stomatal aperture became gradually smaller, whereas turgor of both epidermal and mesophyll cells first increased and afterward decreased. Water potentials of the mesophyll cells were always lower than those of the epidermal cells. These findings indicate that evaporation of water is mainly occurring from mesophyll cells and that peristomatal transpiration could be less important than it has been proposed previously, although peristomatal transpiration may be directly related to regulation of turgor in the guard cells.

Key words

Osmotic potential (cell)Peristomatal transpirationTradescantia (water relations)Transpiration (peristomatal)Turgor (cell)Water potential (cell)

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© Springer-Verlag 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroshi Nonami
    • 1
  • E.-D. Schulze
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl PflanzenökologieUniversität BayreuthBayreuthFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Marine Plant Biochemistry/Biophysics Research Laboratory, College of Marine Studies Lewes ComplexUniversity of DelawareLewesUSA