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6. If the concentration of salt in the soil is too high and the plants may wilt even if the field is thoroughly irrigated. Explain


High salt concentration results in high be osmotic potential of the soil solution, so the plant has to use more energy to absorb water. Under extreme salinity conditions, plants may be unable to absorb water and will wilt even if the surrounding soil is thoroughly irrigated. This is also referred to as the osmotic or water deficit effect of salinity.


7. How phosphorylase enzyme open the stomata in starch sugar interconversion theory?


1. The discovery of enzyme phosphorylase in guard cells by Hanes (1940) greatly supports the starch - sugar interconversion theory.

2. The enzyme phosphorylase hydrolyses starch into sugar and high PH followed and the opening of takes place during the night


Starch ---Phoshorylase sugar

• Photosynthesis occur

• pH – increased

• Movement of water from subsidiary cells to guard cells

• Guard cells become turgid

• Opening of stomata


• Sugar ---Phoshorylase starch

• No Photosynthesis

• pH-lowered

• Movement of water from guard cells

• Guard cells become flaccid

• Closure of stomata


8. List out the non-photosynthetic parts of a plant that need a supply of sucrose?

Answer: Roots-Stem of old plants-flowers & fruits. 


9. What are the parameters which control water potential?

1. Slatyer and Taylor (1960) introduced the concept of water potential.

Definition - water potential is the potential energy of water in a system - compared to pure water when temperature and pressure are kept constant.

2. It is also a measure of how freely water molecules can move in a particular environment or system. Water potential is denoted by the Greek symbol ѱ (psi) and measured in Pascal (Pa). At standard temperature, the water potential of pure water is zero

3. Addition of solute to pure water decreases the kinetic energy thereby decreasing the water potential, from zero to negative.

4. So, Comparatively a solution always has low water potential than pure water. In a group of cells with different water potential, a water potential gradient is generated.

5. Water will move from higher water potential to lower water potential

When potential (ѱ) can be determined by.

Solute concentration or Solute potential ( Ѱs)

Pressure potential (ѰP)

By correlating two factors, water potential is written as,

w = Ѱs) + ѰP

a) Solute potential (Ѱs) or Osmotic potential

1. Denotes the effect of dissolved solute on water potential.

2. In pure water, the addition of solute reduces its free energy and lowers the water potential value from zero to negative.

3. Thus the value of solute potential is always negative. In a solution at standard atmospheric pressure, water potential is always equal to solute potential

(Ѱw = Ѱs ) .

b) Pressure PotentialP)

1. Pressure potential is a mechanical force working against the effect of solute potential.

2. Increased pressure potential will increase water potential and water enters cell and cells become turgid.

3. This positive hydrostatic pressure within the cell is called Turgor. pressure likewise, withdrawal of water from the cell decreases the water potential and the cell becomes flaccid.


10. An artificial cell made of selectively permeable membrane immersed in a beaker (in the figure). Read the values and answer the following questions?

a. Draw an arrow to indicate the direction of water movement

b. Is the solution outside the cell isotonic, hypotonic or hypertonic?

c. Is the cell isotonic, hypotonic or hypertonic?

d. Will the cell become more flaccid, more turgid or stay in original size?

e. With reference to artificial cell state, the process is endosmosis or exosmosis? Give reasons



b) The solution outside the cell is hypotonic,

c) The cell is hypertonic

d) The cell will become more turgid.

e) Endomosis.

Reason : Endomosis is defined as the osmotic entry ofsolvent into a cell when it is placed in pure water/ Hypotonic solution. The solution in the beaker outside the cell is pure water. ( Ѱ w = 0). and water enters into the artifical cell which is placed inside the beaker of pure water. (i.e) from hypotonic to hypertonic solution. 

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