, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 561–568 | Cite as

Changes of leaf water potential and gas exchange during and after drought in triticale and maize genotypes differing in drought tolerance

  • M.T. GrzesiakEmail author
  • S. Grzesiak
  • A. Skoczowski
Original Papers


Influence of drought (D) on changes of leaf water potential (Ψ) and parameters of gas exchange in D-resistant and D-sensitive genotypes of triticale and maize was compared. Soil D (from −0.01 to −2.45 MPa) was simulated by mannitol solutions. At −0.013 MPa significant differences in Ψ, net photosynthetic rate (P N), transpiration rate (E), stomatal conductance (g s), and internal CO2 concentration (C i) of D-resistant and D-sensitive triticale and maize genotypes were not found. Together with the increase in concentration of the mannitol solution the impact of D on E and g s for D-sensitive genotypes (CHD-12, Ankora) became lower than for the D-resistant ones (CHD-247, Tina). Inversely, impact of D on Ψ was higher in D-sensitive than D-resistant genotypes. From 1 to 3 d of D, a higher decrease in P N was observed in D-resistant genotypes than in the D-sensitive ones. Under prolonged D (5–14 d) and simultaneous more severe D the decrease in P N was lower in D-resistant than in D-sensitive genotypes. Changes in Ψ, P N, E, and g s caused by D in genotypes differing in the drought susceptibility were similar for triticale and maize. Compared to control plants, increase of C i was different for triticale and maize genotypes. Hence one of the physiological reasons of different susceptibility to D between sensitive and resistant genotypes is more efficient protection of tissue water status in resistant genotypes reflected in higher decrease in g s and limiting E compared to the sensitive ones. Other reason, observed in D-resistant genotypes during the recovery from D-stress, was more efficient removal of detrimental effects of D.

Additional key words

internal CO2 concentration net photosynthetic rate osmotic drought stomatal conductance transpiration Zea 


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  1. 1.The Franciszek Górski Institute of Plant PhysiologyPolish Academy of SciencesCracowPoland

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