Abstract. Leaf conductance responses to leaf to air water vapour partial pressure difference (VPD) have been measured at air speeds of 0.5 and 3.0 ms−1 in single attached leaves of three species in order to test the hypothesis that leaf conductance response to VPD is controlled by evaporation from the outer surface of the epidermis, rather than by evaporation through stomata. Total conductance decreased linearly with increassing VPD at both air speeds, but was decreased 1.6 3.0 times as much as by a given incrase in VPD at high than at low air speed. depending on species. In all species the relationship between leaf conductance and the gradient for evaporation from the epidermis was the same at both values of boundary layer conductance, supporting the hypothesis that direct epidermal evaporation controls stomatal guard cell behaviour in responses of stomata to VPD in these species.
Plant Cell & Environment – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 1985
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