2 Outline Water Availability Water Content of Air Water Movement in Aquatic Environments Water Movement Between Soils and Plants Water Regulation on Land Water Acquisition by Animals Water Acquisition by Plants Water Conservation by Plants and Animals Water and Salt Balance in Aquatic Environments
3 Water Availability The tendency of water to move down concentration gradients, and the magnitude of those gradients, determine whether an organism tends to lose or gain water from its environment. Must consider an organism’s microclimate in order to understand its water relations.
4 Water Content of Air Evaporation accounts for much of water lost by terrestrial organisms. As water vapor in the air increases, the water concentration gradient from organisms to air is reduced, thus evaporative loss is decreased. Evaporative coolers work best in dry climates.
5 Water Content of Air Relative Humidity: Water Vapor Density Saturation Water Vapor Density x 100 Water vapor density is measured as the water vapor per unit volume of air. Saturation water vapor density is measured as the quantity of water vapor air can potentially hold. Changes with temperature.
6 Water Content of Air Total Atmospheric Pressure Pressure exerted by all gases in the air. Water Vapor Pressure Partial pressure due to water vapor. Saturation Water Vapor Pressure Pressure exerted by water vapor in air saturated by water. Vapor Pressure Deficit Difference between WVP and SWVP at a particular temperature.
8 Water Movement in Aquatic Environments Water moves down concentration gradient. Water is more concentrated in freshwater environments than in the oceans. Aquatic organisms can be viewed as an aqueous solution bounded by a selectively permeable membrane floating in an another aqueous solution.
9 Water Movement in Aquatic Environments If two environments differ in water or salt concentrations, substances will tend to move down their concentration gradients. Diffusion Osmosis: Diffusion through a semipermeable membrane.
10 Water Movement in Aquatic Environment Isomotic: Body fluids and external fluid are at the same concentration. Hypoosmotic: Body fluids are at a higher concentration than the external environment. Hyperosmotic: Body fluids are at a lower concentration than the external environment.
12 Water Movement Between Soils and Plants Water moving between soil and plants flows down a water potential gradient. Water potential (Ψ) is the capacity to perform work. Dependent on free energy content. Pure Water ψ = 0. Ψ in nature generally negative. Ψ solute measures the reduction in Ψ due to dissolved substances.
14 Water Movement Between Soils and Plants Ψ plant = Ψ solute + Ψ matric + Ψ pressure Matric Forces: Water’s tendency to adhere to container walls. Ψ pressure is the reduction in water potential due to negative pressure created by water evaporating from leaves. As long as Ψ plant < Ψ soil, water flows from the soil to the plant.
15 Water Regulation on Land Terrestrial organisms face (2) major challenges: Evaporative loss to environment. Reduced access to replacement water.
16 Water Regulation on Land - Animals W ia = W d + W f + W a - W e - W s W ia = Animal’s internal water W d = Drinking W f = Food W a = Absorbed by air W e = Evaporation W s = Secretion / Excretion
20 Water Acquisition by Animals Most terrestrial animals satisfy their water needs via eating and drinking. Can also be gained via metabolism through oxidation of glucose: C 6 H 12 O 6 + 6O 2 6CO 2 + 6H 2 O Metabolic water refers to the water released during cellular respiration.
21 Water Acquisition by Plants Extent of plant root development often reflects differences in water availability. Deeper roots often help plants in dry environments extract water from deep within the soil profile. Park found supportive evidence via studies conducted on common Japanese grasses, Digitaria adscendens and Eleusine indica.
22 Water Conservation by Plants and Animals Many terrestrial organisms equipped with waterproof outer covering. Concentrated urine / feces. Condensing water vapor in breath. Behavioral modifications to avoid stress times. Drop leaves in response to drought. Thick leaves Few stomata Periodic dormancy
23 Dissimilar Organisms with Similar Approaches to Desert Life Camels Can withstand water loss up to 20%. Face into sun to reduce exposure. Thick hair: Increased body temperature lowers heat gradient. Saguaro Cactus Trunk / arms act as water storage organs. Dense network of shallow roots. Reduces evaporative loss.
24 Dissimilar Organisms with Similar Approaches to Desert Life
25 Two Arthropods with Opposite Approaches to Desert Life Scorpions Slow down, conserve, and stay out of sun. Long-lived Low metabolic rates Cicadas (Diceroprocta apache) Active on hottest days. Perch on branch tips (cooler microclimates). Reduce abdomen temp by feeding on xylem fluid of pinyon pine trees.
26 Water and Salt Balance in Aquatic Environments Marine Fish and Invertebrates Isomotic organisms do not have to expend energy overcoming osmotic gradient. Sharks, skates, rays - Elevate blood solute concentrations hyperosmotic to seawater. Slowly gain water osmotically. Marine bony fish are strongly hypoosmotic, thus need to drink seawater for salt influx.
28 Water and Salt Balance in Aquatic Environments Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates Hyperosmotic organisms that excrete excess internal water via large amounts of dilute urine. Replace salts by absorbing sodium and chloride at base of gill filaments and by ingesting food.
30 Review Water Availability Water Content of Air Water Movement in Aquatic Environments Water Movement Between Soils and Plants Water Regulation on Land Water Acquisition by Animals Water Acquisition by Plants Water Conservation by Plants and Animals Water and Salt Balance in Aquatic Environments