Measuring the Hydraulic Conductivity of Grass Root Systems

Atara Gal, Elisha Hendel, Zvi Peleg, Nimrod Schwartz*, Nir Sade*

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Root-system hydraulic conductivity (RSHC) is an important physiological characteristic that describes the inherent ability of roots to conduct water across a water-potential gradient between the root and the stem xylem. RSHC is commonly used as an indicator of plant functioning and adaptability to a given environment. A simple, fast, and easy-to-use protocol is described for the quantification of RSHC at the seedling stage in two important monocot species grown in hydroponic solution: Setaria viridis, a C4 model plant, and wheat, a C3 crop plant. This protocol can also be easily modified for use with almost any grass species and environmental treatments, such as salinity or hormone treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere20110
JournalCurrent protocols in plant biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2020


FundersFunder number
Chief Scientist of the Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development12‐01‐0005, 837‐0134‐13
U.S. Agency for International Development Middle East Research and Cooperation34‐037
Israel Science Foundation234/19


    • Setaria viridis
    • Triticum turgidum ssp. durum
    • durum wheat
    • green millet
    • root-system hydraulic conductivity


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