Dec 1, 1977

Evidence that root pressure flow is required for calcium transport to head leaves of cabbage

Plant Physiology
D A Palzkill, T W Tibbitts


Young cabbage plants (Brassica oleracea L. var. capitata) that were exposed to an atmosphere at 50% relative humidity transpired freely and accumulated significant quantities of (45)Ca in the leaves. Plants that were enclosed by plastic bags to stop transpiration from all leaves exhibited guttation with the development of root pressure and also accumulated significant quantities of (45)Ca in the leaves. (45)Ca accumulation increased in the leaves and tended to decrease in roots and stems with increasing quantities of water transpired or guttated by the plant. When plants were only partially enclosed so that some leaves were covered and the remainder exposed, only the exposed leaves that were transpiring accumulated significant quantities of (45)Ca. The covered leaves of partially enclosed plants exhibited no guttation and accumulated little (45)Ca with no measurable (45)Ca at the margins of the leaves. The results demonstrate that root pressure flow is required to transport adequate amounts of Ca to those tissues in plants that are not undergoing transpirational water loss.

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Brassica oleracea
Cabbage allergenic extract
Calcium Ion Transport
Cabbage preparation
Stem of Organ

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