Water transport in plant cuticles: an update.

Kerstiens, Gerhard (2006) Water transport in plant cuticles: an update. Journal of Experimental Botany, 57 (11). pp. 2493-2499. ISSN 1460-2431

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The scale, mechanism, and physiological importance of cuticular transpiration were last reviewed in this journal 5 and 10 years ago. Progress in our basic understanding of the underlying processes and their physiological and structural determinants has remained frustratingly slow ever since. There have been major advances in the quantification of cuticular water permeability of stomata-bearing leaf and fruit surfaces and its dependence on leaf temperature in astomatous surfaces, as well as in our understanding of the respective roles of epicuticular and intracuticular waxes and molecular-scale aqueous pores in its physical control. However, understanding the properties that determine the thousand-fold differences between permeabilities of different cuticles remains a huge challenge. Molecular biology offers unique opportunities to elucidate the relationships between cuticular permeability and structure and chemical composition of cuticles, provided care is taken to quantify the effects of genetic manipulation on cuticular permeability by reliable experimental approaches.

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Journal of Experimental Botany
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?? aqueous porescuticular water permeanceepicuticularepidermal transpirationleaf conductancelipophilic pathwaywaxcherry fruit surfaceisolated cuticular membranesc-14-labeled organic-acidsaqueous poresbarrier propertiesh-3-labeled watersize-selectivityco-perm ??
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