Effects of desiccation on phosphorus and potassium acquisition by a desiccation-tolerant moss and lichen

András Badacsonyi, Jeffrey W. Bates, Z. Tuba

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The hypothesis that desiccation-tolerant mosses and lichens may be more responsive to nutrient inputs accompanying intermittent desiccation than mesophytic forest species was investigated employing species from semi-arid grassland in Hungary. Shoot apices of the moss Syntrichia ruralis and marginal lobes of the lichen Cladonia convoluta were maintained for 7 weeks under controlled conditions. They were cultivated with or without a weekly application of the major inorganic macronutrients, and either under constant hydration or with one or two 24 h periods of desiccation each week. Growth of S. ruralis was stimulated by nutrient additions, but lower weight increments were achieved with increasing frequency of desiccation. All samples of the lichen showed positive growth, and no significant treatment effects were detected. A large net uptake of P occurred in nutrient-treated material of both species that was unaffected by the imposition of desiccation treatments. A smaller net uptake of K into the intracellular fraction was also observed when nutrients were applied, but in the moss this was against a baseline of decreasing K content. In contrast, more of the original K content was retained in C. convoluta. In neither species was any clear evidence found for inhibition of nutrient uptake by the desiccation episodes. It is suggested that the lack of growth response in the lichen arises from an inability to bring together the additional nutrients, presumably mainly absorbed by the mycobiont, with photosynthate produced by the photobiont. (C) 2000 Annals of Botany Company.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-627
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Botany
Volume86
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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mosses and liverworts
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Tortula ruralis

Keywords

  • Cladonia convoluta
  • Desiccation tolerance
  • Mineral nutrition
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Syntrichia ruralis

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  • Horticulture
  • Plant Science

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Effects of desiccation on phosphorus and potassium acquisition by a desiccation-tolerant moss and lichen. / Badacsonyi, András; Bates, Jeffrey W.; Tuba, Z.

In: Annals of Botany, Vol. 86, No. 3, 2000, p. 621-627.

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