, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 280–287 | Cite as

Changes in response to drought stress of triticale and maize genotypes differing in drought tolerance

  • M. T. GrzesiakEmail author
  • A. Rzepka
  • T. Hura
  • K. Hura
  • A. Skoczowski


Direct effects and after-effects of soil drought for 7 and 14 d were examined on seedling dry matter, leaf water potential (ψ), leaf injury index (LI), and chlorophyll (Chl) content of drought (D) resistant and sensitive triticale and maize genotypes. D caused higher decrease in number of developed leaves and dry matter of shoots and roots in the sensitive genotypes than in the resistant ones. Soil D caused lower decrease of ψ in the triticale than maize leaves. Influence of D on the Chl b content was considerably lower than on the Chl a content. In triticale the most harmful D impact was observed for physiologically younger leaves, in maize for the older ones. A period of 7-d-long recovery was too short for a complete removal of an adverse influence of D.

Additional key words

dry matter partioning shoot to root ratio species differences water potential Zea 







dry matter


recovery from drought


leaf injury index




relative growth rate




leaf water potential


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. T. Grzesiak
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Rzepka
    • 2
  • T. Hura
    • 1
  • K. Hura
    • 3
  • A. Skoczowski
    • 1
  1. 1.The Franciszek Górski Institute of Plant PhysiologyPolish Academy of SciencesCracowPoland
  2. 2.Department of Plant Physiology, Institute of BiologyPedagogical AcademyCracowPoland
  3. 3.Department of Plant PhysiologyCracow Agricultural UniversityCracowPoland

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