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Sex-related differences in leaf traits in an androdioecious shrub under contrasting levels of soil salinity

J. L. Medina-Gavilán, A. Bartual and F. Ojeda
Plant and Soil
Vol. 310, No. 1/2 (2008), pp. 235-243
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24129858
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

This study explores whether male and hermaphrodite plants of Phillyrea angustifolia (Oleaceae) show physiological and structural differences at the leaf level under severe water stress driven by drought and soil salinity. Leaf traits were measured in summer, at the height of the summer drought period, in male and hermaphrodite plants from two adjacent sites under contrasting soil salinity levels. Male plants from the saline site had significantly higher leaf proline content compared to males from the nonsaline site. By contrast, leaf proline levels were similarly low in hermaphrodite plants from both sites. On the other hand, hermaphrodite plants from the saline site had higher leaf stomatal frequency than hermaphrodites from the nonsaline site, whereas this parameter did not differ for male plants across sites. Such differences could be interpreted as the result of two different solutions to the same selective pressure in the androdioecious shrub P. angustifolia.

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