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1 Transpiration Mr. West AP Biology

2 1. Definition Transpiration is the evaporation of water from the aerial parts of plants. Of all the water plant absorbs, over 95-99% is transpired to the air as water vapor.

3 4. From where water is transpired? Aerial parts of whole young plant Lenticels (lenticular transpiration) 0.1% Cutin (cuticular transpiration) 3%~10% Stomatum (stomatal transpiration) ~ 90%

4 What is most likely leaving through the stomata of the leaf picture here? Water (H 2 O) What is this process called? Stomatal Transpiration

5 Cuticle Mesophyll Stomata Guard cells Prevents water loss Site of photosynthesis Openings allow gases and water to move in and out of leaf Open and close the stomata Stomatal transpiration

6 Stoma Open Stoma Closed Guard Cells Stoma Importance of transpiration Guard Cells CO 2 O2O2 H2OH2O What goes in? What goes out? What process involves using CO 2 and H 2 O releasing O 2 as a waste product? Photosynthesis What is the plant using this process to make? Carbohydrates-glucose If the plant needs water for photosynthesis, why is water coming out of the stoma?

7 Stoma Open Stoma Closed Function of Stomata Guard Cells These stomata (leaf openings) naturally allow water to evaporate out. Why would the plant close stomata with guard cells? Prevent excess water loss through transpiration. (conserve water) So what is the point of having stomata? Allows gas exchange for photosynthesis

8 How do the guard cells react to the availability of water? Dry – guard cells CLOSE lots of H 2 O – guard cells OPEN Function of Guard Cells

9 Guard Cells 4.Guard cells: cells that open and close the stoma 5.Stomata: openings in leafs surface; when open: GAS EXCHANGE: Allows CO 2 in & O 2 out of leaf TRANSPIRATION: Stomata


11 5. Characteristics of guard cells

12 Guard cell properties and their relationship with stomatal control Thickness of CW varies in the ventral and dorsal part of the guard cells. Contains chloroplast and can perform light reaction. (not dark reaction for the lack of key enzymes) Structurally isolated from epidermal cells for the lack of plasmodesmata (water and ions transmit only through cellular pathway, thus helps to build up water gradient) Little volume, little amount of water absorption or loss controls stomtal aperture.

13 6. Factors influencing stomatal aperture Light Temp. CO2 Water content Plant hormone

14 (1). Light Stomata of most plant open in the day and close at night, while CAM plants are just the opposite. Stomata opening are sensitive to red light and blue light, and blue light is more effective, it stimulates opening by a blue- light receptor: zeaxanthin.


16 (2) Temperature Stomatal aperture increase with Temp, within (the optimal).

17 (3). CO 2 Low CO 2 conc. promotes stomatal opening, while high CO 2 conc. inhibits stomatal opening through its acidification of the guard cell thus inhibits PM hyperpolarization.

18 (4) Water content Stomta open when the leaf contain enough water. When there is a water shortage, they close.

19 (6) Plant hormones CTK promotes opening ABA inhibits

20 Factors that influence transpiration Transpiration from the leaf depends on two major factors: 1.Difference in water vapor gradient 2.Diffusional resistance

21 The driving force of transpiration is the vapor pressure gradient. This is the difference in vapor pressure between the internal spaces in the leaf and the atmosphere around the leaf Diffusional resistance comprises stomatal resistance and boundary layer resistance

22 Transpiration rate=Driving force/resistance water vapor inside the leaf - water vapor of the air = stomatal resistance + boundary layer resistance

23 Environmental factors that affect the rate of transpiration 1.Light Plants transpire more rapidly in the light than in the dark. This is largely because light stimulates the opening of the stomata, Light also speeds up transpiration by warming the leaf.

24 2. Temperature Plants transpire more rapidly at higher temperatures because water evaporates more rapidly as the temperature rises. 3. Humidity When the surrounding air is dry, diffusion of water out of the leaf goes on more rapidly.

25 4. Wind When a breeze is present, the humid air is carried away and replaced by drier air. 5. Soil water A plant cannot continue to transpire rapidly if its water loss is not made up by replacement from the soil. When absorption of water by the roots fails to keep up with the rate of transpiration, loss of turgor occurs, and the stomata close. This immediately reduces the rate of transpiration. If the loss of turgor extends to the rest of the leaf and stem, the plant wilts.turgor

26 If you were an aquatic plant where would your stomata be? Fringed Water-lily Stomata are found only on the upper epidermis because the lower epidermis is submerged in water. If the stomata were to be on the underside, they wouldn't be able to perform their function (i.e to allow water to evaporate and thus contribute to transpiration).

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