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  1. Vol. 15 No. 3, p. 443-445
    Received: Aug 28, 1974

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Wind Barriers Most Beneficial at Intermediate Stress1

  1. E. L. Skidmore,
  2. L. J. Hagen and
  3. I. D. Teare2



A slat-fence wind barrier, installed midfield and oriented east-west, was used to investigate leaf-water potential and stomatal resistance of winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) as influenced by barrier-induced microclimate in a semiarid macroclimate. Leaf-water potential, stomatal resistance, and micrometeorological parameters indicated that shelter affected neither leaf-water potential nor stomatal resistance when stress was low. At intermediate stress, leaf-water potential was significantly higher in the sheltered area than in open field. Under high stress, leaf-water potentials of plants hi the two areas did not differ significantly; however, stomatal resistance was higher in the open field than in the sheltered area.

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