Gas exchanges and stem water potential define stress thresholds for efficient irrigation management in olive (Olea europea L.)

Francesco Paolo Marra, Tiziano Caruso, Giulia Marino, Louise Ferguson, Giulia Marino

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With climate change and decreased water supplies, interest in irrigation scheduling based on plant water status is increasing. Stem water potential (ΨSWP) thresholds for irrigation scheduling in olive have been proposed, however, a physiologically-based evaluation of their reliability is needed. A large dataset collected at variable environmental conditions, growing systems, and genotypes was used to characterize the relation between ΨSWPand gas exchanges for olive. Based on the effect of drought stress on the ecophysiological parameters monitored, we described three levels of stress: no stress (ΨSWPabove about -2 MPa), where the high variability of stomatal conductance (gs) suggests a tight stomatal control of water loss that limit ΨSWPdrop, irrigation volumes applied to overcome this threshold had no effect on assimilation but reduced intrinsic water use efficiency (iWUE); moderate-stress (ΨSWPbetween about -2.0 and -3.5 MPa), where iWUE can be increased without damage to the photosynthetic apparatus of leaves; and high-stress (ΨSWPbelow about -3.5 MPa), where gsdropped below 150 mmol m-2s-1and the intercellular CO2concentration increased proportionally, suggesting non-stomatal limitation to photosynthesis was operative. This study confirmed that olive ΨSWPshould be maintained between -2 and -3.5 MPa for optimal irrigation efficiency and to avoid harmful water stress levels.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-10
Numero di pagine10
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Aquatic Science
  • Water Science and Technology

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