Ecology of Water Relations in Plants

Araya, Yoseph Negusse and Garcia-Baquero, Gonzalo (2007). Ecology of Water Relations in Plants. In: ed. Encyclopaedia of life sciences [26 vol. set]. Wiley.



Water is an important and often limiting resource for plant growth. Water can influence plant growth and functioning as a direct resource, or indirectly by influencing availability of other resources such as nutrients and oxygen. Availability of water in soil can be quantified in a number of ways, namely as amount of water stored in soil; as depth of water level from soil surface; duration of specific water level through time; or frequency of occurrence of specified water levels in a set duration of time. Plants are sensitive to water availability and have developed sensing and adaptation strategies to ensure competitive and survival success. Variation in water availabilities can determine the distribution and interaction of plants by influencing their response, thereby establishing a basis for niche differentiation.

Viewing alternatives

Download history


Public Attention

Altmetrics from Altmetric

Number of Citations

Citations from Dimensions

Item Actions