- Anti transparent are the materials or chemicals which decrease the water loss from plant leaves by reducing the size and number of stomata. Nearly 99 per cent of the water absorbed by the plant is lost in transpiration. Anti transparent and is any natural applied to transpiring plant surfaces for reducing water loss from the plant. There are of four types.
1. Stomata closing type:
- Most of the Tran aspirants occur through the stomata on the leaf surface. Some fungicides like phenol mercuric acetate (PMA) and herbicides like atrazine in low concentration serve as anti transparent by inducing stomata closing. These might reduce the photosynthesis. PMA was found to decrease transpiration than photosynthesis.
2. Film forming type:
- Plastic and waxy material which form a thin film on the leaf surface and result into physical barrier. For exam ethylene alcohol. It reduces photosynthesis. Tag 9: S – 789 foliage.
3. Refelectance type:
- They are white materials which forma coating on the leaves and increase the leaf reflectance (albedo). By reflecting the radiation, vapor pressure gradient and thus reduce transpiration. Application of S percent kaolin spray reduces transpiration losses. eg. Diatomaceous earth product (Celite), hydrated lime, calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, zines sulfate etc.
4. Growth retardant:
- These chemicals reduce shoot growth and increase root growth and thus enable the plants to resist drought. They may also induce stomata closure. Cycocel is useful for improving water status of the plant.
- Anti transpiration are also useful for reducing transplantation shock of nursery plants Examples / Different anti transparent:
(1) Metabolic inhibitor like phenol mercuric acetate, some alkaline succinct acids.
(2) Growth retardant such as A. B. A. Cyclone.
(3) Herbicides, fungicides
(4) Cyclical acid.
(5) Colorless plastics, silicon oil, wax or plastic.
(6) White reflecting materials (e. G. Kaolin) emulsions or white wash.
Good features of contra aspirant:
(1) Non toxicity
(2) Non permanent damage to stomata mechanism.
(3) Specific effects on gard cells and not to other cells.
(4) Effect on stomata should persist at least for one week.
(5) Chemical or material should be cheap and readily available.
Role of anti transparent in annual field crops:
- In general field crops are highly dependent or current photosynthesis for growth and final yield. Therefore it is unlikely that currently available anti transparent would increase yield of an annual crop unless crop suffers stressed from inadequate water and or a very high evaporative demand, particularly during a moisture sensitive stage of development.
- Fuahring (1973) sprayed stomata inhibiting or film forming anti – Tran aspirants on field grown Sorghum under limited irrigation conditions, he found that grain yield increases Sto 17% and application Ppt antiperspirant just before the boot stage was more effective than later sprays.