Intensity of hydrostimulation for the induction of root hydrotropism and its sensing by the root cap

Hideyuki Takahashi, T. K. SCOTT

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Roots of Pisum sativum L. and Zea mays L. were exposed to different moisture gradients established by placing both wet cheesecloth (hydrostimulant) and saturated aqueous solutions of various salts in a closed chamber. Atmospheric conditions with different relative humidity (RH) in a range between 98 and 86% RH were obtained at root level, 2 to 3mm from the water‐saturated hydrostimulant. Roots of Silver Queen corn placed vertically with the tips down curved sideways toward the hydrostimulant in response to approximately 94% RH but did not respond positively to RH higher than approximately 95%. The positive hydrotropic response increased linearly as RH was lowered from 95 to 90%. A maximum response was observed at RH between 90 and 86%. However, RH required for the induction of hydrotropism as well as the responsiveness differed among plant species used; gravitropically sensitive roots appeared to require a somewhat greater moisture gradient for the induction of hydrotropism. Decapped roots of corn failed to curve hydrotropically, suggesting the root cap as a major site of hydrosensing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-103
Number of pages5
JournalPlant, Cell & Environment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1993 Jan 1


  • Pisum sativum L.
  • Zea mays L.
  • ageotropum
  • corn
  • gravitropism
  • hydrosensing
  • hydrostimulation
  • hydrotropism
  • pea
  • root cap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Plant Science


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