Plant and Soil

, Volume 95, Issue 1, pp 69–76 | Cite as

Water stress preconditioning and cotton root pressure-flux relationships

  • D. M. Oosterhuis
  • H. H. Wiebe


Because little is known about the effects of water stress preconditioning on the pressure-flux relationships of cotton roots, we investigated some of these relationships using detopped root systems of potted cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) plants. Water stress preconditioning decreased root pressure flux by 51% compared to the well-watered control. Preconditioning had no effect on the exponential nature of the increasing pressure-flux relationship, but did displace the curve such that the flux was lessened at all increasing and decreasing pressures applied. We suggest that the exponential flux response to increasing pressure was by infiltration of intercellular air spaces in the root cortex at higher pressures. With inverted water potential gradients, preconditioning resulted in significantly less water flowing from the roots to the soil. These effects of previous water stress history on the various flux relationships might be associated with an increased root resistance following the stress, and it is suggested that the controlling mechanism is located in the endodermis.

Key words

Gossypium hirsutum Hydraulic conductivity Preconditioning Root pressure Water stress 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. M. Oosterhuis
    • 1
  • H. H. Wiebe
    • 1
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentUtah State UniversityLoganUSA

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