Time is on our side: The importance of considering a recovery period when assessing flooding tolerance in plants

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Abstract

There is wide consensus about the significance of monitoring plant responses during flooding when evaluating specific tolerance. Nonetheless, plant recovery once water recedes has often been overlooked. This note highlights the importance of registering plant performance during a recovery phase. Two opposite types of plant growth responses, during and after flooding, are discussed. It is shown that an apparently poor performance during flooding does not necessarily involve a reduced tolerance, as plants can prioritize saving energy and carbohydrates for later resumption of vigorous growth during recovery. Conversely, maintenance of positive plant growth during flooding can imply extensive depletion of reserves, consequently constraining future plant growth. Therefore, to accurately estimate real tolerance to this stress, plant performance should be appraised during both flooding and recovery periods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)983-987
Number of pages5
JournalEcological Research
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes

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