[Plant-education] Re: great papers in plant physiology]

David R. Hershey dh321 at excite.com
Sat Sep 10 18:13:25 EST 2005

I was surprised no articles from Plant Physiology were included in the
list of great plant physiology articles especially given that the Plant
Physiology back issues from 1926 to 2004 are available online for free
courtesy of PubMedCentral and the American Society of Plant Biologists.
Here's the Plant Physiology archive page:

Here's a few (three per decade) pre-1990 articles from Plant
Physiology. One of the benefits of having the older articles readily
available is that students can read the original source for experiments
that they routinely repeat, such as plant micronutrient deficiencies
(articles 1 and 4), nutrient solution pH effects on plants (article 7)
or the light color active in phototropism (article 5).

David R. Hershey

1. Sommer, Anna L. and Lipman, C. B. 1926. Evidence on the
indispensible nature of zinc and boron for higher green plants. Plant
Physiol. 1(3): 231-249.
[Along with Katherine Warrington's work on the boron requirement of
legumes, this established zinc and boron as essential elements for
plants. It is notable because here were two women doing pioneering
plant nutrition research in the 1920s. Sommers went on to help
establish the essentiality of copper in 1931.]

2.Veihmeyer, F. J. and Hendrickson, A. H.. 1928. Soil moisture at
permanent wilting of plants. Plant Physiol.  3(3): 355-357.

3. Lloyd, Francis E. 1929. The mechanism of the water tight door of the
Utricularia trap. Plant Physiol. 4(1): 87-102.1.

4. Sommer, A. L. 1931. Copper as an essential element for plant growth.
Plant Physiol. 6(2): 339-345.

5. Johnston, E. S.  Brackett, F. S. and Hoover, W. H. 1931. Relation of
phototropism to the wave-length of light. Plant Physiol. 6(2): 307-313.


6. Crafts, A.S. 1932. Phloem anatomy, exudation, and transport of
organic nutrients in curcubits. Plant Physiol. 7(2): i4, 183-225.

7. Went, F. W.  1942. Growth, auxin, and tropisms in decapitated Avena
coleoptiles. Plant Physiol. 17(2): 236-249.

8. Spoehr, H. A. 1942. The culture of albino maize. Plant Physiol.
17(3): 397-410.

9. Arnon, D.I. and Johnson, C.M. 1942. Influence of hydrogen ion
concentration on growth of higher plants under controlled conditions.
Plant Physiol. 17(4): 525-539.

10. Bukovac, M.J. and Wittwer, S.H. 1951. Absorption and mobility of
foliar applied nutrients. Plant Physiol.  32(5): 428-435.

11. Scholander, P. F., Ruud, B. and Leivestad, H. 1957. The rise of sap
in a tropical liana. Plant Physiol. January; 32(1): 1-6.

12. Bormann, F.H. 1957. Moisture transfer between plants through
intertwined root systems. Plant Physiol. 32(1): 48-55.

13. Biddulph, O., Nakayama, F. S. and Cory, R. 1961. Transpiration and
ascension of calcium. Plant Physiol. 36(4): 429-436.

14. Epstein, E. 1961. The essential role of calcium in selective cation
absorption. Plant Physiol. 36(4): 437-444

15. Boyer, J.S. 1968. Relationship of water potential to growth of
leaves. Plant Physiol. 43(7): 1056-1062

16. Balegh, S.E. and Biddulph, O. 1970. The photosynthetic action
spectrum of the bean plant. Plant Physiol. 46(1): 1-5.
[Notable because it disproves the common misconceptions that leaves
reflect all green light and do not use green light in photosynthesis.]

17. Humble, G.D. and Rashke, K. 1971. Stomatal opening quantitatively
related to potassium transport: Evidence from electron probe analysis.
Plant Physiol. 48(4): 447-453.

18. Krenzer, E.G. Jr., Moss, D.N. and Crookston, R.K. 1975. Carbon
dioxide compensation points of flowering plants. Plant Physiol. 56(2):

19. Rubin, Judith L., Gaines, C.G. and Jensen, R.A. 1982. Enzymological
basis for herbicidal action of glyphosate. 70(3): 833-839.

20. Grandstedt, R.C. and Huffaker, R.C. 1982. Identification of the
leaf vacuole as a major nitrate storage pool. Plant Physiol. 70(2):

21. Brown, P. H., Welch, R.M. and Cary, E. E. 1987. Nickel: A
micronutrient essential for higher plants. Plant Physiology  85:
[A basic discovery that is missing from many current textbooks.]

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