Cell enlargement and growth-induced water potentials

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Abstract

Understanding the origin and role of growth-induced water potentials helps to explain how cell enlargement is inhibited without a decrease in turgor when water is depleted in the soil or more rapidly lost by transpiration. In many cases, changes in growth-induced water potentials probably cause the inhibition initially, but eventually the cell walls lose extensibility and specific proteins accumulate so that metabolic changes in the walls probably limit later growth.

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