EFFECT OF WATER (DROUGHT) STRESS ON WATER RELATIONS OF HALOXYLON APHYLLUM AND H. PERSICUM*

Document Type: Regular Paper

Authors

1 Agricultural and Natural Resources Research Center, Kerman, I. R. of Iran

2 Faculty of Natural Resources of Sari, Department of Forestry, Sari, I. R. of Iran

Abstract

Root and shoot osmotic and elastic properties of two species of Haloxylon aphyllum and H.
persicum in response to water stress were studied. The main goal of the study was to determine if the tissues
of two species utilize osmotic adjustment and/or enhance their elastic property during prolonged water stress
condition. The results showed that although tissue elasticity of both species of haloxylon was enhanced due to
application of repeated water stress cycles, this condition also increased the tissue osmotic potential.
Therefore, this study concluded that haloxylon species utilize enhancement of elasticity rather than osmotic
adjustment to maintain positive turgor and withstand drought

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