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Effect of Cyanide on Rate of Exudation in Excised Onion Roots
Hilda F. Rosene
American Journal of Botany
Vol. 31, No. 3 (Mar., 1944), pp. 172-174
Published by: Botanical Society of America, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2437640
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When cyanide-free solutions surrounding onion roots (Allium cepa) were replaced by concentrations of .01, .005, .0025, or .001 molar KCN, the rate of exudation fell gradually to an inhibition level. The inhibition level was higher with lower concentrations of cyanide. Percentage inhibition was greater when the initial cyanide-free rate of exudation was higher. Evidence from the experiments on exudation and on oxygen consumption favors the hypothesis that there are gland-like tissues in roots that are actively engaged in water transfer.
American Journal of Botany © 1944 Botanical Society of America, Inc.