Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/7/2001
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: A major factor in the terrestrial water balance is the amount of water evaporated from plants in a process labeled as transpiration. This review by a USDA-ARS scientist, located at the Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology, Gainesville, FL, is targeted for a wide audience to present the factors that influence the rate of transpiration by plant surfaces. This discussion includes a consideration of the regulation of transpiration by stomata, the small pores on the surfaces of leaves through which water vapor must diffuse to reach the atmosphere. Various approaches for calculating the transpiration rate of plant canopies are also presented.
Technical Abstract: None.