Water and Plant Life

Volume 19 of the series Ecological Studies pp 169-188

Current Perspectives of Steady-state Stomatal Responses to Environment

  • A. E. Hall
  • , E.-D. Schulze
  • , O. L. Lange

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Plant responses to environment are frequently influenced by stomatal functioning, through effects on plant water use, the development of plant water deficits, net photosynthesis, and temperature relations. In ecophysiology, predicting stomatal responses to environment and relating these responses to the functioning and physical state of plants are important objectives. Qualitative and quantitative differences in stomatal behavior between plant species and ecotypes, or at different phenological stages play important roles in plant performance and adaptation.