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Epiphytic plants responses to light and water stress.


Nuruddin, Ahmad Ainuddin and Mohd Sanusi, Ruzana Adibah (2011) Epiphytic plants responses to light and water stress. Asian Journal of Plant Sciences, 10 (2). pp. 97-107. ISSN 1682-3974; ESSN:1812-5697


Epiphytes are plants susceptible to the current climate change due to continuous exposure of environmental changes. In this study, we review the epiphytes responses to fluctuations in their surrounding environments. Abiotic factors such as light and water are the important contributors towards the epiphytes growth. Epiphytes might suffer from environmental stresses namely high light intensity and water deficit, affecting its growth and physiological attributes. Epiphytes use several mechanisms to counter aforementioned problems and one of it is through changes of physiological pathways. Some of the epiphytes use Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM) as protection system for survival in severe environments. Future studies should include more approaches used by this plant as defense mechanisms to such stresses and more studies on leaf anatomy, leaf structure and variations in biochemical components for further understanding of the mechanisms involved.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Forestry
Publisher: Asian Network for Scientific Information (ANSINET)
Keywords: Epiphytes; High light intensity; Drought; Physiological pathway; Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM).
Depositing User: Nur Farahin Ramli
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2013 08:06
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 03:47
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/23877
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