Photosynthetica

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 221–226

Responses of Ribulose-1,5-Bisphosphate Carboxylase, Protein Content, and Stomatal Conductance to Water Deficit in Maize, Tomato, and Bean

  • M. Castrillo
  • D. Fernandez
  • A.M. Calcagno
  • I. Trujillo
  • L. Guenni
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1013731210309

Cite this article as:
Castrillo, M., Fernandez, D., Calcagno, A. et al. Photosynthetica (2001) 39: 221. doi:10.1023/A:1013731210309

Abstract

We compared responses of maize, tomato, and bean plants to water stress. Maize reached a severe water deficit (leaf water potential −1.90 MPa) in a longer period of time as compared with tomato and bean plants. Maize stomatal conductance (gs) decreased at mild water deficit. gs of tomato and bean decreased gradually and did not reach values as low as in maize. The protein content was maintained in maize and decreased at low water potential (ψw); in tomato it fluctuated and also decreased at low ψw; in bean it gradually decreased. Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase activity remained high at mild and moderate stress in maize and tomato plants; in bean it remained high only at mild stress.

Lycopersicum esculentumPhaseolus vulgarisproteinwater potentialZea mays

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Castrillo
    • 1
  • D. Fernandez
    • 2
  • A.M. Calcagno
    • 3
  • I. Trujillo
    • 4
  • L. Guenni
    • 5
  1. 1.Depto. Biologia de OrganismosUniversidad Simon BolivarCaracasVenezuela
  2. 2.Dept. Biology, CUH StationUniversity of Puerto RicoHumacaoUSA
  3. 3.Centro de Microbiologia, IVICCaracasVenezuela
  4. 4.Centro de Estudios de Agroecologia TropicalUniversidad Simon RodriguezAltos de la MariposaVenezuela
  5. 5.Depto. Computo Cientifico y EstadisticaUniversidad Simon BolivarCaracasVenezuela