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Terence L. Robinson and Bruce H. Barritt

In unstressed apple seedlings (Malus domestics Borkh.), concentrations of free abscisic acid (ABA) decreased in order from apical stem sections, immature expanding leaves, mature stem sections, and mature leaves. PEG-induced water stress stimulated a 2- to 10-fold increase in free ABA concentrations 1 day after treatment, depending on the amount of stress and the tissue. By the 3rd day of stress, free ABA concentrations were nearly the same as the unstressed treatment and remained low for the remainder of the 21-day stress period. Bound ABA concentrations were an order of magnitude lower than free ABA and were not influenced dramatically by water stress. Shoot growth rate, leaf expansion rate, and leaf emergence rate were reduced by water stress in relation to the severity of the stress; this reduction was associated with the initial increase in ABA. However, there was no increase in shoot or leaf growth rates associated with the decline in ABA concentrations by day 3 as growth rates remained depressed on water-stressed plants throughout the 21-day stress period. Water stress reduced evapotranspiration rate and midshoot leaf water potential (ψW)after 1 day, but leaf osmotic potential (ψS) adjusted more slowly, resulting in a loss of leaf turgor. The reduction in leaf turgor pressure (ψP) was highly correlated with decreased shoot growth rate and increased ABA concentrations on day 1 after treatment. By the 3rd day of water stress, ψP bad recovered even in the most severe treatment, and the recovery of turgor was associated with the drop in ABA concentrations. However, the increase in midshoot ψP and the decline in ABA were not associated with any increase in shoot growth rate. The continued inhibition of shoot growth was probably not related to ABA or turgor pressure of mature leaves but may have been related to turgor pressure in the growing tip.

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Mageed Abass and C.B. Rajashekar

Heat tolerance and endogenous ABA levels in leaves and cultured grape cells (Vitis spp., cultivars Venus and Veeblanc) were evaluated during beat acclimation. Plants and cultured cells were acclimated at 38 and 36C, respectively. Heat tolerance increased rapidly after exposing plants or cells to acclimation temperatures, reaching a maximum after 10 to 16 hours and 10 to 12 hours for leaves and cultured cells, respectively. Free and bound ABA levels increased sharply during the first hour of heat acclimation, before leaves and cultured cells reached their maximum beat tolerance. The increase in ABA during heat acclimation was 2- to 3-fold that of the nonacclimated control, and the time of the ABA accumulation peak in tissue roughly corresponded to the maximum heat tolerance in leaves and cultured cells. Heat tolerance was induced in cultured cells by exogenous ABA application. Heat tolerance increased significantly after 24 hours of ABA application at 7.6 or 9.5 μm. The results suggest that ABA may be a factor in high-temperature acclimation and beat-tolerance induction in grapes. Chemical name used: abscisic acid (ABA).

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Anish Malladi and Jacqueline K. Burns

, alkaline xylem pH can cause release of bound ABA in the leaf apoplast ( Sobeih et al., 2004 ). At the guard cell, ABA increases cytosolic Ca 2+ and promotes the efflux of K + and Cl − . The resulting net loss of salt ions from guard cells reduces their

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Aliza Vardi, Ilan Levin, and Nir Carmi

petal-fall stage. ‘Clementine’ mandarin was found to contain higher levels of free ABA than ‘Satsuma,’ whereas bound ABA levels were higher in ‘Satsuma’. In contrast to the situation in tomato discussed earlier, applications of exogenous auxin did not