Agronomy and Horticulture Department


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Published in Plant Physiology, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Jan., 1930), pp. 69-92. Copyright 1930 American Society of Plant Biologists. Used by permission.


The dependence of root development of most plants upon aeration is clearly shown by water-logging the soil. In a few days, the usual cultivated plants turn yellow, show wilting, and may ultimately die. If the water is kept well aerated, plants may survive though submerged for weeks. Exclusion of oxygen from the roots of most plants interferes with the respiration of the protoplasm of their cells. This results in the death of the cells and consequently the roots fail to function as absorbers for the plant (22).