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Plant Physiol. 1987 Mar;83(3):467-8.

Soybean seed growth in response to long-term exposures to differing oxygen partial pressures.

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  • 1Environmental Physiology Project, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Bldg. 164, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611.


Short-term studies have indicated that alterations in the oxygen partial pressure (pO(2)) around developing soybean (Glycine max [L.] Merr.) seeds may alter seed growth characteristics. A 2-year field study was undertaken to determine the effects on seed development of long-term exposures of individual pods to either sub-ambient or supra-ambient pO(2). Pod chambers were used through which fixed pO(2) were continuously flowed throughout seed development. No effects on maturity date were observed from exposures to either sub-ambient or supra-ambient pO(2). On the other hand, seed weight was reduced by 0.10 pO(2) in both years of the study implicating an O(2) limitation on seed growth rate at this fairly high pO(2). In 1 of the 2 years, supra-ambient pO(2) resulted in increased seed weight.

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