Plant and Soil

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 161–173 | Cite as

Effects of film-forming and silicone antitranspirants on four herbaceous plant species

  • Jay E. Anderson
  • Frank Kreith


Effectiveness of antitranspirants in reducing transpiration was studied in the laboratory in an attempt to evaluate their potential for conservation and reallocation of soil moisture. Film-forming antitranspirants caused about a 50% reduction of transpiration and photosynthesis in all species. Effectiveness decayed slowly over 10–14 days. Effectiveness of the silicone antitranspirant was very short-lived. Water use efficiency was slightly improved following film-forming antitranspirant treatment of three species. Mixing antitranspirants altered their effects.


Silicone Plant Species Soil Moisture Plant Physiology Photosynthesis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jay E. Anderson
    • 1
  • Frank Kreith
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyIdaho State UniversityPocatello
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of ColoradoBoulder

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