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Growth Responses to Sodium by Bryophyllum tubiflorum under Conditions Inducing Crassulacean Acid Metabolism

Peter F. Brownell and Christopher J. Crossland
Plant Physiology
Vol. 54, No. 3 (Sep., 1974), pp. 416-417
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4263741
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Abstract

The dry weight yield of plants of Bryophyllum tubiflorum Harvey, a species with Crassulacean acid metabolism characteristics, increased significantly (P < 1%) in response to added sodium (0.1 milliequivalents per liter NaCl was supplied to the culture solution initially containing less than 0.08 microequivalents per liter of Na) when grown under short day (8 hours) conditions but not when grown under long day conditions (16 hours). From results of other work with Crassulacean acid metabolism species, it appears likely that under long day conditions, the plants assimilate CO2 by the C3 pathway but under short day conditions by the Crassulacean acid metabolism pathway in which metabolic processes common to those operating in the C4 dicarboxylic pathway are active. It is suggested that sodium is involved in plants assimilating CO2 with the C4 and Crassulacean acid metabolism pathways.

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