Elizabeth Rengifo

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We studied the seasonal changes in water relations, chlorophyll a fluorescence, and leaf saccharide contents of the tropical flood-tolerant trees Acosmium nitens, Campsiandra laurifolia, Eschweilera tenuifolia, Symmeria paniculata, and Psidium ovatifolium. Xylem water potential increased with flooding to a larger extent than leaf sap osmotic potential in(More)
Seasonal changes in water relations, net photosynthetic rate (P N), and fluorescence of chlorophyll (Chl) a of two perennial C3 deciduous shrubs, Ipomoea carnea and Jatropha gossypifolia, growing in a thorn scrub in Venezuela were studied in order to establish the possible occurrence of photoinhibition during dry season and determine whether changes in(More)
In order to determine how flooding affects sap flow and hydraulic conductivity of the tolerant species, Campsiandra laurifolia, trees growing in a tropical seasonally flooded forest in Venezuela were studied. We hypothesized that trees respond to rising-waters with a decrease in root-water absorption, caused by hypoxia, and stomatal conductance, and that(More)
Water relations and photosynthetic characteristics of plants of Lycium nodosum grown under increasing water deficit (WD), saline spray (SS) or saline irrigation (SI) were studied. Plants of this perennial, deciduous shrub growing in the coastal thorn scrubs of Venezuela show succulent leaves which persist for approx. 1 month after the beginning of the dry(More)
Trees in the flooded forest of the Mapire River in Venezuela suffer a decrease in photosynthetic rate (A) when flood begins, which is reverted at maximum flood. Changes in A are accompanied by similar changes in stomatal conductance (g(s)), and the possibility of changes in photosynthetic capacity is not ruled out. In order to understand how relative(More)
We studied the responses of leaf gas exchange and growth to an increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration in four tropical deciduous species differing in carbon fixation metabolism: Alternanthera crucis, C3-C4; Ipomoea carnea, C3; Jatropha gossypifolia, C3; and Talinum triangulare, inducible-CAM. In the first stage, plants were grown in one open-top chamber(More)
In order to address the question of how elevated CO2 concentration (EC) will affect the water relations and leaf anatomy of tropical species, plants of Jatropha gossypifolia L. and Alternanthera crucis (Moq.) Bondingh were grown in five EC open top chambers (677 μmol mol−1) and five ambient CO2 concentration (AC) open top chambers (454 μmol mol−1) with(More)
In Venezuela 30,000 km2 of land is covered by savannas, of which 410,000 ha have been planted with several species and hybrids of Eucalyptus for lumber and pulp production. Popular concern about possible diminutions in water availability of reservoirs near eucalypt plantations prompted our interest in measuring water use by these trees. Since these savannas(More)
In order to gain knowledge on the physiological and anatomical responses of plants to long-term growth under elevated CO2 concentrations, measurements of water status, leaf gas exchange and leaf anatomical characteristics were made during the rainy and the dry season in plants of Brownea coccinea and Spatiphylum cannifolium growing along a natural CO2(More)
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