Gas Exchange of Mimosa tenuiflora (Willd.) Poiret Under Water Deficit and Rewatering

Francisco Jose Basilio Alves, Antonio Lucineudo Oliveira Freire


This research aimed to evaluate the physiological responses of Mimosa tenuiflora plants submitted to variable water availability conditions during the nursery stage. Twelve-month-old plants kept in plastic pots containing 5 kg of the substrate composed of the subsoil soil mixture and bovine manure (2:1) were submitted to two treatments: irrigated (control) and water stress, which was imposed through the suspension of irrigation, rewatering after seven days of stress. The relative water content (RWC) and stomatal parameters were evaluated. The M. tenuiflora plants responded quickly to the irrigation suspension, promoting the closure of the stomata, occurring reduction in stomatal conductance, transpiration rate and photosynthesis. The instantaneous efficiency in water use of plants under water deficit remained high only until the middle of the period when irrigation was suspended, and then declined until the last day of the water deficit. After rehydration, the plants showed recovery in all evaluated parameters, indicating that the level of stress imposed did not cause irreversible damages in the cells and tissues.

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Journal of Agricultural Studies   ISSN 2166-0379

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