Aarhus Universitets segl

Do tropical wetland plants possess a convective gas flow mechanism?

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskrift/Konferencebidrag i tidsskrift /Bidrag til avisTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

Internal pressurization and convective gas flow, which can aerate wetland plants more efficiently than diffusion, are common in temperate species. Here, we present the first survey of convective flow in a range of tropical plants. The occurrence of pressurization and convective flow was determined in 20 common wetland plants from the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. The diel variation in pressurization in culms and the convective flow and gas composition from stubbles were examined for Eleocharis dulcis, Phragmites vallatoria and Hymenachne acutigluma, and related to light, humidity and air temperature. Nine of the 20 species studied were able to build up a static pressure of >50Pa, and eight species had convective flow rates higher than 1mlmin-1. There was a clear diel variation, with higher pressures and flows during the day than during the night, when pressures and flows were close to zero. It is concluded that convective flow through shoots and rhizomes is a common mechanism for below-ground aeration of tropical wetland plants and that plants with convective flow might have a competitive advantage for growth in deep water. © 2010 The Authors. New Phytologist © 2010 New Phytologist Trust.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftNew Phytologist
Vol/bind190
Nummer2
Sider (fra-til)379-386
ISSN0028-646X
DOI
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2011

Se relationer på Aarhus Universitet Citationsformater

ID: 22492073