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Plant Physiol. 1980 Apr;65(4):635-40.

Soil Temperature Influences on Root Resistance of Pinus contorta Seedlings.

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Department of Forest and Wood Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523.


The influence of low temperature in the root zone on water uptake in lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl. ex Loud.) was studied under laboratory conditions. To remove soil hydraulic influences, two-year-old seedlings were transferred to solution cultures and maintained in temperature controlled water baths. Short term measurements of leaf conductance, leaf water potential and tritiated water movement were taken at root temperatures from 22 C down to 0 C. Root resistance was calculated to be 67% of total plant resistance at 7 C and 93% at 0 C. In addition an Arrhenius break was found in a plant resistance versus temperature plot, suggesting a significant change with temperature in the membrane pathway in the root water uptake system.

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