American Potato Journal

, Volume 72, Issue 4, pp 225–241 | Cite as

Porometric measurements indicate wound severity and tuber maturity affect the early stages of wound-healing

  • Edward C. Lulai
  • Paul H. Orr


We demonstrated that porometrically derived wound-healing profiles of whole tubers were greatly affected by the depth or severity of the wound. A rapid decrease in water vapor conductance was detected during the first 24 h of healing after mature, whole tubers were wounded by tangentially cutting into the cortex. The rapid decline in vapor conductance, indicating deposition of soluble waxes, was not concurrent with detectable deposition of polymeric phenolic or polymeric aliphatic components of the suberin polyester; instead these polymerized components were detected after vapor conductance decreased by approximately 80% and was nearly stable. The rate of decline of vapor conductance of wound-healing tubers was hormonally hastened with abscisic acid treatments. Although deeper tangential wounds (3.0 mm) had slower initial rates of wound-healing than did shallow wounds (0.75 mm) through tuber growth and maturation, the ability to wound-heal more rapidly increased as the tubers matured in the field. The vapor conductance of wound healing tubers declined in a log-linear fashion during the first 1 to 3 days after wounding depending upon tuber maturity and genotype.

Additional Key Words

Maturity periderm porometry tuber wound-healing 


Se demostró que los perfiles de cicatrización de las heridas de tubérculos enteros, obtenidos porométricamente, fueron mayormente afectados por la profundidad o severidad de las heridas. Se detecto una reducción rápida en la cunductancia del vapor de agua durante las primeras 24 horas de cicatrización después que se produjeran heridas en tubérculos maduros enteros, cortándolos tangencialmente en la corteza. La rápida reducción en la conductancia del vapor, indicando el deposito de substancias cerosas solubles, no fue concurrente con los depósitos detectables de componentes fenólicos o alifásicos polímeros del poliester de la suberina; en lugar de ello, estos componentes polímeros fueron detectados después que la conductancia del vapor disminuyó en aproximadamente 80% y se mantuvo casi estable. La tasa de disminución de la conductancia del vapor de los tubérculos cuyas heridas estaban cicatrizando fue acelerada hormonalmente con tratamientos de ácido abscísico. No obstante que las heridas tangenciales más profundas (3.0 mm) tuvieron tasas iniciales de cicatrización más lentas que las heridas superficiales (0.75 mm) durante el crecimiento y maduración de los tubérculos, la capacidad de cicatrizar más rápido se incrementó conforme los tubérculos maduraron en el campo. La conductancia del vapor de los tubérculos en cicatrización disminuyó de manera logaritmicolineal durante los tres primeros días después de producida la herida dependiendo de la madurez del tubérculo y del genotipo.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward C. Lulai
    • 1
  • Paul H. Orr
    • 1
  1. 1.Red River Valley Potato Research LaboratoryUSDA-ARSEast Grand Forks

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