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Cambridge Biological Series

Physiology of Plants

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fellow of Christ's college, Cambridge,


the late E. HAMILTON ACTON, MA.,





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First Edition Oct. 1894.

Second Edition Oct. 1895.

Third Edition Feb. 1901.

Reprinted April, 1907.

Jan. 1909.


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Edward Hamilton Acton died in the early part of 1895. This is not the place to speak of what we, his friends, have lost by his death, nor of his promising career as a man of science. All that I can do here is to explain in what way I have dealt with that part of the book for which he was especially responsible.

Part II, on the chemistry of metabolism, was entirely written by Mr Acton, and is here reprinted practically as he left it. The only changes are two or three corrections found in his interleaved copy of the book, and a few verbal and typographical alterations introduced for the sake of uniformity.

The book (as explained in the preface to the 1st Edition) originated in the following way.

In 1883 I began a course of instruction in the physiology of plants, of which the chief feature was the demonstration of experiments in the lecture-room. Some

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years later a different arrangement was made; the students were required to perform the experiments for themselves, and at the same time laboratoiy work in the chemistry of metabolism was organised by Mr Acton. To enable the students to carry out their work, written instructions were needed, and the present book is the result of an extension and elaboration of what we prepared for our classes.

The book makes no pretence to completeness, it contains merely such a selection of experimental and analytical work as seems suitable for botanical students.

Part I, which deals with general physiology, is necessarily of a somewhat more elementary character than Part II, which treats a particular department of physiology in a more special manner, and presupposes a greater amount of knowledge on the part of the student.

Owing to the Second Edition having being stereotyped the changes in the present edition have been necessarily limited in number. The chief additions are:—Exp. 5 (the Bonnier-Mangin apparatus), Exp. 48 A (Farmer's method of demonstrating assimilation), Exp. 61 A (an optical effect witli chlorophyll solution), Exp. 118 (the Horn-hygroscope), Exp. 118 bis (the temperature of leaves), Exp. 206 (the localisation of the sensitive region in Setaiia, &c).

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The inferences to the literature of Part I have been increased in number, and they now give a fuller, though still but a rough guide to the published authorities. The references to Sachs' books appear to have been a'source of difficulty to some of our readers. I therefore give the full titles of those to which reference is made.

Physiologie Vdgetale, recherches sur les conditions cVexistence des plantes, et sur le jeu de leurs organes. Traduit de l'Allemand avec l'autorisation de l'auteur, par Marc Micheli. Paris, V. Masson et Fils, 1868. [This is the translation of Sachs' Handbuch der Experimental-Physiologie der Pflanzen, being volume iv of Hofmeister's Handbuch der Physiologischen Botanik, Leipzig, 1865.]

Arbeiten des botanischen Instituts in Wiirzburg, heraus-gegeben von Prof. Dr Julius Sachs. Leipzig, Engelmann. Band I. 1874, Band n. 1882, Band in. 1888.

Text-book of Botany, morphological and physiological, by Julius Sachs, Professor of Botany in the University of Wurzburg. Edited with an Appendix by Sidney H. Vines, M.A., D.Sc, F.L.S., Fellow and Lecturer of Christ's College, Cambridge. Second Edition, Oxford, at the Clarendon Press, 1882. [This is a translation of Sachs' Lehrbuch der Botanik (Edit. 1874).]

Vorlesungen iiber Pfianzen-Physiologie von Julius Sachs. Leipzig, Englemann, 1882. [An English trans-d. a. h

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viii preface.

lation was published in 1887 by the Clarendon Press under the title Lectures on the Physiology of Plants]

Gesarnmelte Abhandlungen vher Pflanzen-Physiologie von Julius Sachs. Leipzig, Engelmann. Band i. 1892, Band n. 1893. [This is referred to in the text as Sachs' Collected Papers!]

I gladly take this opportunity of expressing my thanks to Mr F. F. Blackman, Lecturer in Botany in the University, for much valuable help in the arrangement of the experiments in Part I. Also to the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company for the use of the cliches for Figs. 25 and 26.


Botanical Laboratory, Cambridge. February, 1901.

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Section A. Respiration. 1. Respiration; production of CO, by germinating seeds or buds. 2. Absorption of C02 by potash. 3. Sachs' method. 4. Winkler-Hempel apparatus. 5. Bonnier-Jlangin apparatus. 6, 7, 8. Intramolecular respiration. 9, 10. Rise of temperature during respiration. 11. Succulents . . pp. l__13.

Section B. The effect of various temperatures: of certain poisons: and of electrical shock. 12. Injurious temperature demonstrated on Oxalis leaf. 13. Do., injected leaf. 14. Do., beetroot. 15. Do., dry and soaked seeds. 16. Circulation of pro-toplasm, Sachs' hot-box. 17. Velten's method. 18. Circulation of protoplasm, effect of C03. 19. Do., chloroform. 20. Oxalis leaf killed by chloroform. 21. Do. by phenol. 22. Do. by induced current. 23. Effect of induced current on circulating protoplasm.........pp. 14__20.


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Section A. Formation of starch. 24. Sachs' Iodine method. 25. Schimper's method. 26. Variegated leaves. 27. Disappearance of starch in darkness. 28. Effect of dull light. 29. Local effect. 30. Gardiner's experiment. 31. Rays of different refran-gibility. 32. Terrestrial leaves under water. 33. Stomata and gaseous exchange. 34. Excess of C02. 35. Plants deprived of C02. 36. Gain in weight. 37. Translocation. 38. Assimilation of sugar. 39. Do., formaldehyde. 40. Leucoplasts.....pp. 21- -34.

Section B. Evolution of oxygen. 41. Bubbles of gas. 42. Light of varying intensity. 43. Dependence on presence of C02. 44. Temperature and gas evolution. 45. Chloroform. 46. Coloured lights. 47. Collection of gas evolved. 48. Engelmann's blood method. 48 a. Farmer's experiment. 49. Phosphorus method. 50. Gas analysis, Pfeffer's method. 51. Gas analysis, Winkler-Hempel apparatus. 52. Timiriazeff's Eudiometer. 53. Engelmann's bacterial method. 54. Diffusion of gas through cuticle . . pp. 35—49.

Section C. Reactions of chlorophyll and of some other pigments. 55. Separation by benzene, ether, olive oil. 56. Action of light. 57. Aeration and effect of light. 58. Action of acid. 59. Action of copper salts. 60. Stability of the copper compound. 61. Spectroscopic examination. 61 a. Part of the red rays not absorbed. 26. Anthocyan in Eicimis, Ac. 63. Floridefe. 64. Brown sea-weeds.........pp. 50—S3.

Section D. Production of chlorophyll, etiolation, sun- and shade-leaves. 65. Appearance of the green colour. 66. Etiolin and light. 67. Pinus. 68. Chlorophyll formation and temperature. 69, 70. Do. and oxygen. 71. Do. and iron salts. 72. Form of etiolated plants. 73. Sun- and shade-leaves.

pp. 54—57.



Section A. Water-culture. 74. Method. 75. Potassium salts necessary. 76. Phosphoric acid necessary. 77. Experiments with Lemna. 78. Calcium oxalate formation. 79. Nitrate reaction..........pp. 58—67

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Section B. Nutrition of Fungi and of Drosera. 80. Method. 81. Various cultures. 82. Puecinia. 83. Hanging-drop cultures. 84. Germination of spores. 85. Drosera, digestion of white of egg. 86. Drosera, benefit from feeding .... pp. 68—72.

Section C. Functions of roots. 87. De Saussure's experiment. 88, 89, 89 a. Boot pressure. 90. Moll's experiment. 91. Absorption .by means of dead roots.......pp. 73—78.



Section A. Absorption of water. 92. Potometer. 93. Kohl's method. 94. Effect of sunshine. 95. Effect of wind. 96. Effect of light. 97—100. Negative pressure. 101. Permeability of membranes. 102. Oozing of water from wood. 103. Permeability of splint-wood. 104. Recovery of flaccid shoot. 105. Emulsion experiment. 106. Injection with cocoa-butter. 107. Compression. 108. Incisions. 109. Cross-cuts. 110. Do., course shown by eosin. 111. Air-pump and potometer. 112. Strasburger's air-pump experiment ........ pp. 79—96.

Section B. loss of water. 113. Loss of weight during transpiration. 114. Transpiration compared with evaporation from water. 115. Loss compared with absorption. 116. Spring balance.

pp. 97—lOl.

Section C. Stomata, bloom, lentlcels. 117. Stomatal transpiration. 118. Horn-hygroscope. 118 bis. Temperature of transpiring leaves. 118 a. Stahl's cobalt method. 118 b. Stomata in withered leaves. 118 c. Effect of salt on the stomata. 119. Stomata and intercellular spaces. 120. Leaf injected with water. 121. Frost effects. 122. Blocking of stomata with water. 123. Movements of stomata. 124. Do. with induced current. 125. Lenticels and intercellular spaces. 126. Bloom as affecting transpiration . pp. 102111.



Section A. Imbibition, Hygroscopic movements, polariscope, osmosis. 127. Laminaria, microscopic observation. 128. Lami-naria, increase not uniform in all directions. 129. Imbibition of seeds,

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temperature effect. 130. Imbibition; salt solution. 131. Stipa, action of. 132, 133. Stipa, temperature. 134. Stipa, salt solution. 135. Stipa, mechanism of movement. 136. Nobbe's experiment. 137. Variability in the swelling of seeds. 138. Eise of temperature accompanying imbibition. 139. Work done during imbibition. 140. Polariscope. 141. Polariscope, observations on strained glass rods. 142. Traube's artificial cell. 143. Slowness of diffusion. 144. Eelation of membrane to diffusing fluid. 145. Absorption of methylene blue by living cell . . . . pp. 112124.

Section B. Turgor. 146. Plasinolysis, microscopic observations. 147. Recovery after plasmolysis. 148. Osmotic strength of cell-sap in terms of KN03. 149. Isotonic coefficient. 150. Do., microscopic method. 151. Hydrostatic pressure in turgescent tissue. 152. Pfeffer's gypsum method.....pp. 125132.

Section C. Tensions of tissues. 153. Longitudinal tensions. 154. Extension of pith in water. 155. Changes in transverse dimensions of pith. 156. Tangential dimension. 157. Shortening of roots. 158. Imperfect elasticity of tissues. 159. Cyclometer. 160. Hofmeister's experiment. 161. Loss of rigidity. 162. Increase in length. 163. Splitting turgescent tissues. 164. Splitting a root. 165. Splitting a pulviuus . . . pp.133141.



Section A. Experiments without special apparatus. 166. Method. 167. Free oxygen necessary. 168. Respiration necessary. 169. Effect of salt solution. 170. Growth at various temperatures.

pp. 142—145.

Section B. Distribution of growth. 171. Distribution in roots. 172. In air-roots. 173. In stems. 174. Grand period, time observation. 175. Growth and plasmolytic shrinking pp.146148.

Section C. Auxanometers. 176. Methods. 177. Descent of the weight measured on a scale. 178. Micrometer screw. 179. Arc-indicator. 180. Microscope. 181. Self-recording aux-anometer. 182. Do., simple form. 183, 184. Growth and temperature, microscopic method. 185. Growth and respiration, micro-

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Bcopic method. 186. Growth and temperature, auxanometer. 187. Growth and light, auxanometer. 188. Growth and light, Phycomyces. 189. Growth and light, Sinapia. 190. Periodicity, auxauometer........PP- l49162.



Section A. Geotropism. 191. Region of growth and region of curvature, roots. 192. Do., stems. 193. Subsequent changes in curvature. 194. Grass-haulms. 195. Noll's experiment, grass-

haulms. 196, 197. Geotropism and respiration. 198. Johnson's experiment. 199. Pinot's experiment. 200. Knight's experiment. 201. Sudden curvature. 202, 203. After effect . pp. 163—172.

Section B. Curvatures due to injury &c. 204. Decapitated

roots. 205. Decapitation prevents perception of stimulus. 205 A. Do., Pfeffer's experiment. 206. Localisation of sensitive region in Sorghum. 207. Curvature due to injury. 208. Ciesielski's experiment. 209. Drooping of leaves in frost.....pp. 173—179.

Section C. Heliotropism. 210. Positive heliotropism. 211. After effect. 212. Light of high refrangibility most effective. 213. Negative heliotropism. 214. Struggle between the effects of light and gravitation. 215. Transmitted stimulus . . pp. ISO183.

Section D. Diaheliotropism, diageotropism &c. 216. Diahelo-tropism. 217. The movements due to specific sensitiveness; klinostat. 217 a. Exclusion of helio- and geotropism. 218. Bectipetality.

219. Theory of klinostat, grass-haulms. 220. Do., Cucurbita.

221. Diageotropism, roots. 222. Growth of secondary roots in light. 223. Diageotropism, Narcissus. 224. Horizontal branches. 225. Torsion of internodes. 226. Buds of the yew. 227. Epinasty. 228. Epinasty and geotropism. 229. Nutation of epicotyls

pp. 184—199.



Section A. Stimulus of contact, chemical agency, moisture changes in illumination and temperature. 230. Tendrils, sensi-

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tive to contact. 231. Tendrils, Pfefler's contact experiment. 232. Mi. mosa, movements produced by stimulation. 233. Mimosa, temperature. 234. Mimosa, darkness. 235. Mimosa, continued stimulation. 236. Oxalis acetosella, sensitiveness. 237. Oxalis, Brucke's experiment. 238. Drosera, stimulated by meat. 239. Do., by inorganic matter. 240. Drosera stimulated by dilute solutions. 241. Drosera, inflection indirectly caused. 242. Berberis, irritable stamens. 243. Berberis, efieet of chloroform. 244. Stigma of Mimulus. 245. Centaurea, irritable stamens. 246. Phycomyces, curvature towards iron. 247. Hydrotropism. 248. Movement of chloroplasts. 249. Chemotaxis, antherozoids. 249 a. Chemotaxis: bacteria. 249 e,c. Do., pollen tubes. 250. Opening and closing of tulip, temperature. 251. Tulip, sensitive to small change of temperature. 252. Crocus, mechanism of movement. 253. Light and darkness, daisy. 254. Light and darkness, Trifolium. 255. Nyctitropie

movements, Trifolium. 256. Do., Mimosa, self-recorded. 257. Para-heliotropism, Averrhoa.......pp. 200226.

Section B. Autonomous movements. Periodicity. 258. Cir-cumnutation. 259. Do., twining plants. 260. Autonomous

movements, Trifolium. 261. Do., Averrhoa. 262. Do., Desmo-

dium. 263. Periodicity, light and darkness, daisy. 264. Perio-

dicity, temperature, daisy. 265. Contrast, daisy pp. 227234.




Introductory. Preparation of material to be examined. Preparation of extracts: non-nitrogenous plastic substances. Preparation of extracts: nitrogenous plastic substances. Filtration. Evaporation of solutions. Changes occurring in solutions on keeping pp. 237248.

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Literature. Practical classification of nitrogenous plastic substances. Qualitative examination for proteids insoluble in water, soluble in dilute alkali—for proteids soluble in water—for peptones and albu-moses—for amides—for ammonia, nitrates, nitrites. Estimation of proteids—of peptones and albuinoses. Estimation of amides. Estimation of ammonia, nitrates and nitrites. Experiments on nitrogenous metabolism. Qualitative examination of Onobrychis sativa for proteids <fcc. Comparison of amounts of proteids, peptones, amides in seeds of Onobrycbis and in shoots of the same grown under various conditions. Comparison of amounts of ammonia, nitrates, nitrites in shoots of Onobrychis from plants variously treated . . pp. 249—260.



Literature. Extraction of oils and fats. Qualitative examination of benzene extract. Eeactions of glycerin. Quantitative examination. Determination of total oils and fats—of free fatty acids—of glycerin. Experiments. Determination of oils and fats in seeds of Lepidium— in seedlings of Lepidium, young and old . . . pp.2 61—265.



Literature. Extraction of tannius aud glueosides. Many different bodies included under heading tannin and glucoside. Qualitative tests for tannins. Qualitative tests for phloroglucin. Removal of tannins before examining for sugars. Determination of whether a tannin is a glueoside or not. Glucosides. Identification of salicin. Examination for certain sugars. Experiments. Testing extract of willow-bark for tannin, salicin, sugars. Estimation of certain sugars in young and old fruits of Musa sapientum......pp.266—275.

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Literature. Soluble carbohydrates. Qualitative test for fermentable sugars. Estimation of fermentable sugars. Bern oval of dextrins. Tests for glucoses, cane-sugar, maltose, mannite, pentoses. Estimation of glucoses, cane-sugar, maltose. Calculation of results. Experiments on sugars. Testing leaves of Tropseolum majus for various sugars. Estimation of fermentable sugars in leaves and roots of Beta vulgaris. Estimation of various sugars in leaves of Beta vulgaris under different conditions.

pp. 276—289.



Literature. Estimation of starch and cellulose. Experiments on starch. Estimation of starch in the potato by different processes— in leaves of Acer pseudo-platanus under different conditions. In grains of wheat before and after germination . . . pp. 290—294.



Literature of organic acids. Qualitative examination for organic acids. Determination of 'acidity' of extracts. Literature of inorganic salts. Preparation of ash of tissues. The constituents of the ash. Estimation of chlorine—phosphoric acid—alkalies—in ash. Estimation of calcium oxalate in tissues. Experiments on organic acids. Comparison of acidity of juice from old and young rhubarb petioles—of acidity and amounts of sugars in juice from ripe and unripe apples. Experiments on inorganic salts. Weights of ash from normal and etiolated leaves. Estimation of phosphoric acid and alkalies in leaves and grains of barley—of calcium oxalate in young and old leaves of Sempervivum tectorum ......... pp. 295—302.

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Literature. Extraction of enzymes. Comparison of activity of extracts. Experiments on diastatic ferments. Preparation of solid diastase. Influence of filtration on diastatic power of extracts. Comparison of diastatic power of malt and ungerminated barley—of leaves of Pisurn sativum and Trifolium pratense. Experiments on invertase and glycase. Decomposition of a glucoside (salicin) by an enzyme (synaptase) from another plant .... pp. 303—311.



The increase in weight of growing Spirogyra. The influence of inorganic salts on the formation of starch. The changes in the reserve materials of an oily seed during germination under different conditions.

pp. 312—313.


Notes on the results likely to be obtained in experiments on metabolism ..........PP- 314—322.


List of reagents and material required for experiments on metabolism .........PP- 323—326.

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1 Apparatus for demonstrating respiration < 2

2 Apparatus for estimating G02 produced during respiration . 4 3, 4, 5 Winkler-Hempel apparatus for gas-analysis . . . 7, 8

6 Foil clamp for holding cover-slips together under water, for

use with Velten's hot-stage...... 18

7 Apparatus for the preparation of water free from C02 hut

not free from oxygen....... 28

8 Arrangement for the culture of plants in an atmosphere free

from C02.......... 30

9 Apparatus for gas-analysis for use in experiments on assimi-

lation ........... 42

10 Timiriazeffs eudiometer....... 46

11, 12 Lemna cultivated in various nutrient solutions . . 04, 65

13 Apparatus for demonstrating root pressure .... 75

14 Another apparatus for the same purpose .... 77

15 The potometer, for estimating the absorption of water by a

cut branch.......... 80

16 A modification of Kohl's apparatus for the same purpose 83

17 A method of preventing evaporation from the surface of a

flower-pot .......... 97

18 Apparatus for comparing loss by transpiration with the water

absorbed . ....... 99

19 A spring-balance for use in transpiration experiments . 101

20 A hygrometer made with horn for performing Garreau's

experiment .......... 103

21 Devaux's gelatine method of making an air-tight junction

with the petiole of a leaf....... 108

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22 Apparatus for demonstrating the hygroscopic properties of

the awn of Stipa ........ 114

23 Diagram illustrating the use of turgeseent tissue in De Vries'

experiments on isotonic coefficients..... 120

24 Tracings from split portions of the hypocotyl of Eicinus used

in experiments on isotonic coefficients .... 127

23 Pfeffer's gypsum method....... 132

26 Arrangement for demonstrating that a turgesceut shoot loses

rigidity when bent ........ 139

27 Micrometer-screw used in growth experiments . . . 151

28 Recording auxanometer........ 154

29 Method of using the auxauometer-lever .... 15b

30 Tracing illustrating the effect of an increase of temperature

on growth.......... 160

31 Hanging writer for recording geotropic or other movements

on a revolving drum..... . . 172

32 [Omitted in Edition in.]

33 Curvature of roots produced by small pieces of card attached

to the tips.......... 177

34 Drooping of laurel leaves in a frost..... 179

35 A twig of Veronica salicifolia exposed to oblique illumination 184

36 The klinostat.......... 186

37 Section showing part of the mechanism of the klinostat . 188

38 A seedling Cucurbita which has germinated on the klinostat;

showing the frill-like growth of the heel or peg . . 193

39 Diageotropism of the flower of Narcissus poeticus . . 195

40 Leaves of clover in the day and night position . . . 222

41 The sleep-movements of Mimosa recorded on a drum by

means of a hanging writer...... 223

42 Paraheliotropic movement in Averrhoa bilimbi . . . 225

43 Diagram representing the eircumnutation of a cabbage-

seedling .......... 223

44 Leaf of Desmodium gyrans....... 232

45 Apparatus for distillation under reduced pressure . . 246

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Section A. Respiration. Section B. Temperature—-PoisonsElectricity.

Section A. Respiration.

The presence of free oxygen is a necessary condition of the life of all the higher plants. This fact will be more conveniently demonstrated in the chapters on growth and growth-curvatures. The present section is intended as an introduction to the study of the facts without special reference to the importance of respiration.

(1) Production of C02.

Take a stoppered jar of about 500 c.c. capacity, fill it to one-third of its height with (in spring) horse-chestnut buds or (in winter) with beans which have been soaked in water for 12 hours and have been afterwards placed in damp cocoa-fibre for 12 hours. Place the jar in a warm room, and after 12—24 hours cautiously open the jar and lower a lighted taper which will be extinguished as it enters the C02 produced.

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(2) Absorption of CO? by Potash,

Take a filtering flask of 400 or 500 c.c. capacity, having a lateral opening as shown in fig. 1, to which a

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glass tube, A (4 or 5 mm. bore), is attached by thick rubber tubing and wire ties. The end of A dips into the

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mercury' in the beaker Hg. The flask contains enough germinating barley to cover a piece of wet filter-paper at the bottom of the flask. Barley germinates well in winter: it should be soaked in water for 24 hours and kept in damp air for 24 hours before use. A test-tube T half full of strong KHO is introduced into the flask, which is then closed by a sound tightly fitting rubber cork. As the C02, produced by respiration, is absorbed by the KHO, the mercury in the beaker Hg is sucked up the tube A. In starting the experiment it is necessary to warm the air in the flask before the end of A is forced into the mercury, so that as the air cools again the mercury may be sucked a little way up the tube to a point which will then serve as zero for subsequent observations. The warming may be done by immersing the flask in water at 40° for a few minutes; or it may be warmed by the hands. If the mercury fails to rise within 6 hours the reason is probably to be found in the cork fitting badly. For this reason it is perhaps advisable to run melted wax-mixture1- round the line of contact between the cork and glass.

(3) Sachs' method*.

Place 100 germinating peas in a jar, A, fig. 2, closed by an india-rubber cork pierced by two holes and fitted

1 Or the beaker Hg may be filled with water.

2 Wax-mixture consists of resin 15 parts, bees-wax 35 parts, vaseline 50 parts. The wax and the vaseline are melted together, the resin is powdered, gradually added and stirred.

3 Physiologie (French Translation), 1S6S, p. 295, fig. 35. Also Pfeffer's Physiologie, I. p. 349, fig. 38.


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with glass tubes. One tube is connected with an aspirator so that a current of air is drawn through the vessel and keeps up continuous normal respiration. The other tube serves to admit to the flask air free from C02; for this purpose it is connected with a filtering bottle F containing a few sticks of KHO1. The air is admitted to F through a tube T filled with soda-lime. To make sure that no extraneous C02 enters the flask, another washing bottle B containing baryta-water is fitted between F and the experimental flask, A. The drop-aspirator figured by

Detmer5 answers well; it is made from a distillation tube and is attached to a tap through which a current of water

1 We now use a washing bottle containing KHO instead of the arrangement shown in the figure [1895].

2 Praktikum, p. 179, fig. 76.

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in detached drops passes, and produces a correspondingly slow suction-current of air at the side tube (c in Detmer's figure). The aspirator should be hung about 70 cm. above the table so as to allow the use of an outflow tube of about 60 cm. in length, which insures sufficient suction. The tube which admits air into F should be fitted with a screw clamp so as to regulate the inflow. If the sink in the laboratory is inconveniently placed the air-suction may be carried to any part of the room by means of fine lead-tubing.

Between the flask and the aspirator two washing bottles P, G, containing baryta-water are fitted in which the C02 produced by respiration of the plants is caught as BaC03. With 100 peas the amount of BaC03 may be estimated at intervals of 20 minutes or half-an-hour.

The estimation is made by titration, for which see Sutton, Volumetric Analysis, 5th Ed. pp. 80—89.

Rough quantitative determinations may be readily made as follows. Shake up about 21 grams crystallized Barium hydrate with 1 liter of distilled water and allow it to stand for 12 hrs. in a closed flask, or till dissolved. Filter it into a stoppered bottle. Before an experiment introduce, with a pipette, 50 c.c. of this solution into the bottle P, and a further quantity into C. At the end of the experiment, when a considerable quantity of Barium carbonate has been precipitated in P, draw off 20 c.c. of the solutionJ with a pipette and titrate it quickly against

1 The liquid need not be clear, as extremely dilute HC1 has no action on barium carbonate. For an accurate method of estimating the C02 of respiration by titration, see Blackman in the Phil. Trans. 1895, also a full account of his work in Science-Progress, l&'Jo.

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standard decinormal hydrochloric acid, using phenol-phthalein (colourless with acids, pink with alkalis) as an indicator. Compare 20 c.c. of the original baryta solution with the same acid. The difference between the amounts of HC1 required to neutralize the two samples gives a measure of the amount of baryta that has been removed from each 20 c.c. of the liquid by combining with carbon dioxide. The whole amount of C02 produced in the experiment is of course 2| times as great, and it may be readily estimated from the following data:

1 c.c. ~HC1 = 00022gr. C02 = 1-19 c.c. C02 at 15° C.

(4) Winkler-Hempel apparatus.

By this apparatus the volume of C02 given off by respiration in a known time may be roughly estimated.

To get a good result it is well to use a considerable quantity of material, say 200 peas just beginning to germinate. They are placed in a conical flask of 400 c.c. or 500 c.c. capacity and closed by a good rubber cork. After 1 or 2 hours a sample of gas is drawn off for analysis. This may be managed by an arrangement similar to that shown in fig. 3, in which water flows from o to i as the gas is withdrawn. The arrangement figured was meant for experiments on assimilation when several determinations of the C02 in the jar J are made: in the present experiment the test-tube i is omitted and the water flows into the bottom of the flask. Thus only a single sample of gas can be analysed with accuracy since the water

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introduced into the flask absorbs the C02 produced. A second sample of the gas may however be used if it is taken within a few minutes of the first. When the test-tube i is omitted the flask can be shaken before analysis so as to insure that there is no accumulation of C02 at the bottom.

The analysis is made in the following manner:—A strong KHO solution (1 in 2) is introduced into B (fig. 4)

Fig. 3. Exp. 4. Fig. 4. Exp. 4.

until its level reaches A, and then by blowing down B the KHO is forced up the fine tube E and into a thick-walled india-rubber tube connected with it. As soon as the solution appears at the open end of the tube, the clamp 0 is closed. The tubes G and F (fig. 5) of the measuring burette are then a little over half filled with

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distilled water, care being taken that no air bubbles remain in the connecting india-rubber tube. F is then raised till water flows out of H; then the stop-cock L is closed and H is connected by tubing with the vessel J in fig. 3 containing the gas to be analysed. F, now nearly empty, is lowered and L opened, so that a sample of gas is drawn into the burette. L is closed and H disconnected. The volume drawn in is then measured by means of

Fig. 5. Exp. 4.

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the graduations on G, after bringing the water in the two tubes to one level. To absorb the C02, H is connected with the india-rubber tubing G of the absorption pipette (fig. 4). F is raised, and L and the clamp G opened. The gas is thus forced over into D, where it is retained for a minute or so and gently shaken in contact with the KHO, the clamp G and stop-cock L being closed meanwhile. When absorption is believed to be complete the gas is sucked back into G (fig. 5) by lowering F, G and L being open. L is then closed and G and F brought to a level so that the diminished volume of gas can be again read off. The difference gives the amount of C02 originally present. To make sure of complete absorption the gas may be again passed into D, shaken and returned, when it should show no further reduction in volume.

When any potash is sucked back into G along with the gas the tubes must be carefully washed clean before being used for another sample of gas.

(5) Bonnier-Man gin apparatus1.

This instrument may be used for determining the amount of C02 produced in a given time by a known amount of germinating seeds. It gives the advantage of analysing small volumes of gas e.g. 0"3 c.c. It resembles Timiriazeffs eudiometer (see Exp. 52) and the Winkler-Hempel apparatus (see Exp. 4) in requiring no correction for temperature or pressure, and since mercury is the fluid employed it can be satisfactorily used for the estimation

1 Full instructions for the use of the apparatus are given by Aubert, Revue generate de botanique, T. iii. : a copy of the paper is sent out with the instrument.

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of C02 which is not the case in apparatus in which water takes a part. We have not found the Bonnier-Mangin apparatus so easy to work with as Timiriazeff's eudiometer, but this is doubtless due in great part to our not having made with ifc any continuous series of observations. It is claimed by Aubert that the determination of the oxygen, nitrogen and C02 in a sample of gas can be finished in a quarter of an hour. (6) Intramolecular respiration.

To demonstrate the fact, the following simple form of experiment may be tried.

Soak 6 peas in water for 12 hours, when the seed-coats can easily be removed without injury to the embryo; the removal of the testa is necessary to avoid introducing air with the peas, the object of the experiment being to show that C02 is produced in the absence of free oxygen. Fill a test-tube with mercury and invert it in a mercury trough, which should stand in a strong wooden tray. This precaution is advisable in all experiments involving the use of mercury, so that if any accident occurs the mercury may not escape and get into the cracks of the floor.

Pass the peeled peas one at a time under the rim of the test-tube so that they float up into the mercury, and occupy the upper end of the test-tube. On the following day it will be found that the test-tube is half full of gas, and the peas are therefore clearly visible, instead of being partly hidden by mercury.

A few drop.s of water are now passed in under the test-tube rim with a bent pipette, and a fragment of caustic potash added from below, in this way a strong solution of KHO is supplied, by which the C02 is absorbed.

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{7) Another method.

The Torricellian vacuum was used by Wortmann in his work on intramolecular respiration1. A tube closed at one end, and of greater length than the height of the barometric column, is filled with, and inverted over mercury. Three or four peas are floated into the vacuum at the top of the tube. After 24 hours a depression of several cm. will be observed in the height of the column, which will, on the addition of KHO, rise to about its original level, allowance being made for any change in the barometer.

(8) Pfeffer's method.

To get accurate results another method must be followed; the following is taken from Pfeffer's paper in his Tubingen Untersuchungen, Vol. I. p. 637.

The principle is that described in Exp. 3 for estimating ordinary respiration, but instead of air, a current of hydrogen is drawn through the vessel in which the plants are contained. It is necessary to prevent the entrance of extraneous C02 and to make sure that the hydrogen has no admixture of oxygen.

(9) Rise of temperature2.

The following is Sachs' arrangement for showing the rise of temperature in germinating peas3. We have found flowers, such as those of the dandelion {Taraxacum),

1 Sachs' Arbeiten, n. p. 500.

2 The spadis of Arum is the classical material for demonstrating the heat produced by the respiration of plants. The rise of temperature only occurs during such a limited time that the experiment constantly fails and is not to be recommended for class-work.

3 Sachs' Text-book, Ed. n. p. 721. Fig. 472.

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treated in the same way to answer well. Gather a large handful of dandelion flowers1, cutting the stalks just below the head, place them in a large funnel supported in a beaker half filled with KHO. Hang a thermometer so that the bulb is covered by the flowers, and let the control thermometer be snpported in a funnel containing coarse sawdust slightly moistened and loosely packed. This arrangement is meant to equalise the conditions of the two thermometers, and to prevent the thermometer among the flowers acting as a wet-bulb. We find, with the control thermometer hanging simply in the air, that the flowers keep about 2° C. above the control temperature. As before, the whole must be covered with a bell-jar. Sachs uses a tubulated bell of which the opening is plugged with cotton-wool2.

(10) Oxygen necessary.

Several of the earlier observers have shown that when the air is replaced by indifferent gas the temperature falls. Pfeffer3 recommends that the germinating seeds or other material should be placed in a glass balloon having three apertures—one of which serves for a thermometer. When the temperature of the respiring material

1 Or in winter of young flowers and buds of a small-flowered Chrysanthemum.

2 To demonstrate the heat of respiration, Professor Errera of Brussels (as he is good enough to inform us) uses a Leslie's Differential Thermometer. One of the air-bulbs is plunged in a funnel filled with germinating barley and covered loosely with damp paper. The other bulb is in a similar funnel containing killed barley.

3 See Pfeffer, Physiologic, n. p. 403. Fig. 40.

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has been proved to be steadily above that of the surrounding air, the atmosphere in the balloon is replaced by hydrogen, for which purpose the two lateral apertures will serve. The readings of the two thermometers should now become practically equal, and according to Pfeffer it is possible to re-establish the difference by readmitting air. The experiment is a difficult one and should only be attempted by a student of some experience.

(11) Succulents1.

In certain succulents an increase of the acidity of the cell sap is accompanied by a fixation of oxygen.

A leaf of Rochea falcata is taken from the plant at the close of a hot summer-day, cut into pieces and introduced into a graduated gas-tube of simple test-tube form: it may be kept in place by a plug of glass-wool. It is not necessary to stand the tube in mercury, water will serve quite well. We have also employed an arrangement like that given in fig. 1, the KHO being omitted and water replacing the mercury in the beaker Eg. The apparatus is kept in the dark until the following morning, when a considerable rise in the water column is visible. As a control a similar graduated tube is fitted up with non-succulents, such as pieces of young sunflower2.

1 See De Saussure, Recherches Chimiques, (An. xii = 1804), p. 65; also Detmer, Praktikum, p. 224, whose arrangement of the experiment we have adopted.

2 To complete the experiment, the relative acidity of the Rochea in the evening and next morning should be compared. See Part n.

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Section B. The effect of various temperatures : of certain poisons : and of electrical shock.

(12) Temperaturel.

To get a rough idea of the upper limit of temperature which ordinary plants can endure, it is well to make a few simple experiments with plants in which the moment of death is marked by some obvious change, e.g. in colour. Oxalis acetosella is useful for this purpose, because death is indicated by a dingy yellow colour due to the action of the acid cell sap on the chlorophyll.

Fill a beaker with water at 25° C, and suspend in it a thermometer, to the bulb of which a leaf of Oxalis is attached. Heat the water by means of a gas name, and note the temperature at which the leaf loses its fresh green tint. The colour begins to change at about 52° C.

(13) Temperature.

If the Oxalis leaf is previously injected with water under the air-pump, it changes colour at a temperature several degrees lower than in exp. 12. This is a simple way of demonstrating the fact given by Sachs {Physiologie, p. 71) that plants in air endure a temperature which they cannot bear in water.

The cells of the injected Oxalis leaf acquire the temperature of the water more quickly than those of the uninjected leaf, and this is probably the explanation of the difference.

1 See Chapter in., on the general conditions of plant life, in Saelis' Text-Book of Botany, Edition n., also his Physiologie (French Translation), p. 56.

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(14) Temperature.

When a turgid cell is killed, the cell sap escapes through the dead protoplasmic wall, and if the cell sap is coloured, the escape will be a marked occurrence. The Beet-root (Beta) may be used in this way as a rough indicator of the temperature at which the protoplasm is killed. Cut a slice of beet-root, 3 or 4 mm. in thickness, wash it to free it from any cell sap adhering to the cut surfaces, and suspend it with a thermometer in a beaker of water at about 25° C, which is to be heated as in experiment 12, but the temperature should be allowed to rise very slowly. A temperature of 55° or even 57° will be required.

A similar experiment may be more accurately made under the microscope, using one of the methods described below, by which a microscopic object can be subjected to a given temperature.

(15) Dry and soaked seeds1.

The effect of a high temperature depends, among other things, on the condition of the subject of the experiment. Thus, dry seeds can endure a temperature which is fatal to seeds which have been soaked.

Take 20 peas, half of which (a) are to be left in water for 12 hours, or until they are thoroughly soaked, while the other 10 (b) are reserved for comparison. The dry seeds (b) are placed in a dry test-tube, while the imbibed seeds (a) are placed in a test-tube half full of water: both

1 Sachs' Physiologie (French Tr.), p. 72. Fig. 8.

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test-tubes are corked and are immersed in a beaker of water kept by means of thermostat at 60° C. for 2 hours. Both sets of seeds should now be sown in damp sawdust, —the lot (b) having been previously soaked in cold water for twelve hours: it will be found that lot (6) germinate, while (a) do not do so, and show other obvious signs of being dead.

(16) Circulation of ProtojjlasmSachs' Hot-box.

Any parts of plants, in which circulating protoplasm can be observed, serve as material for studying the effects of temperature. The staminal hairs of Tradescantia or other plant-hairs are convenient, or the tentacles of JDrosera may be used. But the leaves of Elodea are perhaps most easily obtainable throughout the year.

Mount a leaf of Elodea upside down in a drop of water under a large cover-glass ; look for circulating protoplasm near the mid-rib1, and subject it to gradually increasing temperature by means of any of the recognised " hot-stages," e.g. with Sachs' Hot-box. The arrangement is described and figured in Sachs' Text-Book, English Translation, p. 736. It consists of a hollow-walled metal box, into which the microscope is placed so that by filling the walls with warm water the object under observation can be subjected to the desired temperature. A window admits light, and a hole in the moveable lid allows the microscope-tube and fine adjustment to project. The

1 Or at the edges of the leaf. To start circulation the leaves should be cut an hour before they are wanted. Or it may be necessary to warm the preparation for a few minutes.

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felt lining of the lid should be wetted and a little water should be spilt on the floor of the box, so that the atmosphere surrounding the object may be damp. A thermometer passes through a hole in the lid or, as we find more convenient, through a cork fitting one of the lateral openings. The glass slip on which the object is mounted should be separated from the stage of the microscope by a perforated plate of cork, so that the object may assume the temperature of the air, rather than that of the microscope,—although these two temperatures will after a time be nearly identical.

The hot-box may be conveniently supported on wooden blocks and heated by a gas flame. As the warming of a considerable mass of water is a slow process it is advisable to fill the box with water 10° 0. above the room temperature. Notice the accelerating effect of warmth, and record the temperature at which the circulation (1) becomes slower (42°—46° G); (2) stops altogether (about 46°— 50° C).

(17) Velten's method1.

A simpler and quicker plan is that of Velten, which, however, should not be used with a valuable microscope. The objective and the preparation are immersed in water contained in a glass dish standing on the stage of the microscope. A siphon, provided with a tap, allows warm water to run into the dish, while a second siphon and tap

1 Flora, 1876, p. 177, also F. Darwin, Q. Journal Microscopical Science, N.S. Yol. xvh. p. 245. Cf. Pfefler, Zeitschr. fiir wiss. Mikro-skojpie, 1890.

D. A. 2

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provides for the overflow. The object is mounted between two cover-glasses, which are gently clamped together by a

Fig. 6. Exp. 17.

bit of tinfoil of the form shown in fig. 6, the flaps being bent up at 45° along the dotted lines. Unless some such plan is adopted, the upper cover-glass is liable to be washed off by currents in the water.

The same method may be used to subject circulating protoplasm to a low temperature.

(18) Effect of GO,.

To observe the effect of gases on circulating protoplasm, the Elodea leaf is mounted in a small drop of water, on the under surface of a cover-glass forming the roof of a gas chamber: if the cover-glass projects fairly well beyond the edges of the hole on which it lies, the apparatus can be made sufficiently gas-tight by painting the edges of the oover-glass with olive oil; or the glass may be fixed with putty. Having under observation a circulating cell, attach the tube of the gas chamber to the C02-generating apparatus1, and observe that the proto-

1 The C02 must be made to bubble through water before it reaches the gas chamber.

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plasm comes to rest: by disconnecting and allowing air to pass, the circulation can be renewed.

In this experiment the COa acts, not by preventing access of oxygen, but as a narcotic. This can be shown by connecting with a hydrogen-generator; the rapid retardation previously observed will be absent.

{19) Chloroform.

The same ajtparatus serves to demonstrate the effect of chloroform and other hurtful vapours. Shake up one per cent, of chloroform in a bottle of water, through which (by means of an aspirator) a current of air is made to bubble. The air, thus charged with chloroform is allowed to pass through the gas-chamber. The circulation may be stopped without killing the leaf.

(20) Chloroform.

The effects of poisons may also be conveniently demonstrated on the leaf of Oxalis acetosella, using the colour test already described.

Shake up 1 c.c. chloroform in 200 c.c. water in a stoppered bottle and add an Oxalis leaf cut into small pieces. Note the time required for the discoloration to occur.

(21) Carbolic acid. (Phenol?)

Make the same experiment, substituting 0'5 per cent. carbolic acid for chloroform-water.

(22) Teternising current.

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the region between the punctures is killed and becomes discoloured when the current passes: the needle points should not be more than 2—3 mm. apart.

(23) Tetaniiing current.

Two triangles of platinum foil are sealing-waxed on to a glass-slip, the points being about 1 mm. apart. To make the platinum adhere well it is necessary to heat the glass over a flame until the wax between the glass and the metal is thoroughly soft, and then to apply pressure. An Elodea leaf is mounted in water so that a cell, showing circulation, lies between the points, and by connecting the foil triangles with an induction coil, the effect of the tetanising current can be observed. The wires from the coil are most conveniently connected by means of the insulated screw-binders, obtainable from instrument makers; in the absence of screw-binders the following arrangement will be found to answer quite well. A cork ring is sealing-waxed on to each foil-triangle near its base, and into the little vessels so made, mercury is poured, into which the connecting wires are placed. - To get a rough idea of the current needed, it is advisable to note the position of the coil when the current is just bearable on the tongue, and compare it with the position of the coil when the protoplasmic circulation has been stopped.

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Section' A. Formation of Starch. Section B. Evolution of Oxygen. Section C. Reactions of Chlorophyll.

Section D. Conditions of Chlorophyll formation: Etiolation : sun and shade leaves.

Section A. Formation of Starch.

(24) Sachs' Iodine-method1 (Iod-Probe).

This is a macroscopic method well adapted for many experiments. Almost any leaves will serve as material for the demonstration of the method, but since in research it is of importance to employ material which allows of rapid work, the choice of plants is a point to be considered. Submerged water-plants are useful, and among land plants, Tropceolum and clover (Trifolium) are especially valuable. The leaves to be tested are to be boiled for about one minute in water2, when they should be flaccid

1 Sachs' Arbeiten, in. p. 1.

2 Sachs allows a longer period, tiz. 10 minutes; he states also that the addition of a few drops of strong KHO to the boiling water hastens the process.

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and free from intercellular air. They are then placed in alcohol warmed to 50°—60° C.: cold alcohol will remove the chlorophyll equally well but not so quickly: if the specimens are not wanted at once the best results will be obtained by putting them in the sun for a few hours. The preliminary boiling in water must on no account be omitted, it shortens the process of decolorising in the most remarkable manner; of this it is easy to convince oneself by trying, for instance, to decolorise an Enteromorpha without the hot-water treatment. To. produce the iodine reaction, place the decolorised leaves in alcoholic tincture of iodine diluted with water1 to the colour of dark beer. In a few minutes they will be stained, and after washing in fresh water, they should be spread out on a white plate so that their tint—by which the amount of starch is roughly gauged—may be well seen. When full of starch they are almost black, and with less amounts of starch the colour sinks through purple, grey, and greenish grey to the yellow tint of starchless leaves.

(25) Schimper's method2.

In some cases it is necessary to use the microscope, this is especially necessary when the amount of starch present is small, or where, as in Schimper's researches, the distribution of starch in the leaf is minutely studied.

Prepare a strong solution of chloral hydrate by dis-

1 It is not necessary to use distilled water.

2 Bot. Zeitung, 1885.

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solving the crystals in as much distilled water as will just cover them1. The solution is now coloured by the addition of a little tincture of iodine, and is ready for use. Delicate leaves, such as those of submerged water-plants, when placed in Schimper's solution, are rendered so transparent that every detail of starch-distribution can be studied in the leaf examined as a transparent object under the microscope.

(26) Variegated leaves.

Test Sachs' method on a variegated leaf such as that of the ivy (Hedera) or of Arundo donax. In the case of the ivy a rough plan of the green and white parts of the leaf must be traced on paper placed under the leaf, which may best be done by tracing a broken line with a blunt instrument dotted along the lines separating the chlorotic from the green parts of the leaf. The iodine-stained leaf is then compared with the plan. With Arundo no such process is necessary, the chlorotic regions are in longitudinal stripes, and it is only necessary to cut out of the leaf a short piece, which, after staining in iodine, can be replaced between the base and apex of the leaf to which it belonged: the colourless stripes in the fresh parts correspond to yellow stripes in the stained part, and the purple to the green. Both the extraction of the chlorophyll and the staining with iodine are slow processes in the case of Arundo.

(27) Disappearance of starch in darkness.

Either of the methods may be tried on submerged

1 Chloral hydrate 8 parts, water 5 parts.

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water-plants (e.g. Elodea, Potamogeton) which have been placed in the dark room for about four days. The control-plants must be grown either out of doors or in a greenhouse.

(28) Effect of dull light.

Sachs' method may be used to demonstrate a fact, the knowledge of which is of practical value to the physiologist1, namely, that plants in a laboratory suffer from want of light far more than would be readily supposed—and that accordingly experimental plants cannot be too carefully kept in the best light available.

Choose two equally vigorous pots of clover, let one remain in bright diffused light out of doors, and place the other on a table in the middle of the laboratory. The plant in the laboratory must be under a bell-jar on account of the dryness of the air, and therefore to make the control experiment fair the plant out of doors should also be under a bell. After two days compare the amounts of starch in the two plants.

(29) Local effect.

Various means may be used to convince oneself that assimilation is confined to the illuminated regions of a leaf. Part of a leaf may be darkened, while still attached to the plant, by bending it down and burying the apical half in a flower-pot of finely sifted dry earth. The leaf should be buried one day and examined in the afternoon of the following day, taking care before the leaf is uncovered to mark on it the depth to which it was buried. 1 See Detlefsen. Sachs' Arbeiten, in. p. 88.

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(30) Gardiner's experiment1.

A plant growing in a flower-pot (for convenience of moving) is placed in the dark for 24 hours, or until the leaves are found to be free from starch. One of the leaves is now covered with a photographic negative and left exposed to bright light out of doors, or in a greenhouse, until the evening, when the leaf is tested for starch. Tt will be found that an accurate copy of the photograph has been printed in starch.

(31) Effect of rays of different refrangibility.

The effect of the different parts of the spectrum maybe demonstrated by a method similar to that described in Exp. 30, as has been done by Timiriazeff2. In the absence of the necessary apparatus we may compare the effects of light transmitted through coloured fluids. Fill a couple of double-walled bell-jars, (1) with potassium bichromate solution, (2) with ammoniacal CuS04 solution. Under each bell place a young Tropceolum or clover plant in a small pot, or a seedling plant of any kind dug up and placed with its roots in a bottle of water. The bell-jars should stand in saucers of dry earth or sawdust, so as to insure the exclusion of colourless light. They must be exposed to diffused light—in sunshine the temperatures are not the same in the two bell-jars. The exposure should be for 1£ or 2 days. The plants in the blue light will be almost starchless.

1 W. Gardiner, Annals of Botany, it. p. 163. s Timiriazefl, Comptes rendus, T. ex. p. 1346.

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(32) Terrestrial leaves under water.

To show that the leaves of land-plants do not form starch as those of aquatic plants do under water1, it is only necessary to tie a leaf so that it is partly immersed in a beaker of water. The experiment may be started in the morning and concluded on the afternoon of the following day.

(33) The importance of the stomata in supplying the path for gaseous exchange2.

For this experiment leaves should be employed in which the stomata are all on the lower surface. Stahl uses Prunus padus; we find Sparmannia africana gives good results, and no doubt many other plants would answer the purpose. The lower surface of one half of a leaf is carefully painted with vaseline, or as Stahl recommends with melted cocoa-fat and beeswax. The plant having been exposed to a good light for two days, the leaf is subjected to the iodine test. The painted half (in which the stomata are blocked) will be either quite or nearly starchless, while the control half shows a normal amount of starch.

(34) Effect of excess of GO,.

To show that excess of C02 diminishes assimilation' floating water-plants are convenient. We use Callitriche, and possibly Lemna might be used, but these must be

1 Nagainatz (Sachs' Arbeiten, in.) shows that leaves covered with bloom can assimilate under water.

2 Stahl, Botan. Zeitung, 1894. See also Y. F. Blackmail, Phil. Tram. 1895, and in Science Progress, 1895.

8 Go'dlewski. Sachs' Arbeiten, I. p. 343.

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kept a long time in the dark before they are destarchcd. Two graduated jars of 200 c.c. capacity are filled with and inverted over water, and plants of Gallitriche, which have been previously deprived of starch, are passed under the edge and allowed to float up. Into one jar equal quantities of air and C02, while into the other 12 volumes of air to one of C02 are passed. The proportion of C02 in the atmospheres so prepared does not of course remain constant, since the water absorbs the gas. But if the experiment is started in the evening and concluded in the evening of the next day, one jar will certainly contain far more than the optimum of C02, while the other will not fall much below the optimum. A still simpler plan is to use beakers of about 800 c.c. capacity inverted in saucers of water. The beakers are graduated as follows: into one 550 c.c. of water is poured and the level marked with a diamond, a second mark being made after the addition of 50 c.c. The other beaker is marked at 300 and 600 c.c. The beakers are filled with water and inverted in saucers, and the rosettes of Gallitriche floated up under the rims of the beaker. Three hundred c.c. of air are now introduced into one beaker and 550 c.c. into the other, using a finger bellows for the purpose; afterwards C02 is added until each beaker contains 600 c.c. of mixed gas, one containing 50 p.c, the other 8 p.c. of C02. In our experiments the Gallitriche exposed to 50 c.c. C02 showed hardly any starch, while the control-plants were black with it.

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(35) Plants deprived of C02.

To show that the formation of starch depends on the presence of C02 it is necessary to cultivate plants in such a way that they have access to oxygen but not to



Water which has been boiled and allowed to cool in a

Fig. 7. Exp. 35.

closed flask will he free from both 0 and C02. But if the flask is connected with an arrangement preventing

1 Godlewski, Flora, 1873, p. 378.

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the access of C02 while allowing other gases to pass in, the boiled water will after a time become oxygenated.

A convenient method is the following. A flask A (fig. 7) is filled with spring water which has been freshly-boiled, and filtered from precipitated calcium carbonate; it is connected with the bottle B, half filled with strong KHO solution. The water in A is boiled 20 minutes, with the stop-cock G left open. The flame is now removed and G is closed. As the flask A cools, air is sucked in by B, and in passing through the KHO in the bottle B, is freed from C02. The water so prepared is now used for the culture fluid: the vessel containing the plants must be closed by a rubber cork through which passes a tube of soda-lime like the one shown in fig. 8.

A similar flask filled with spring water (to which a little extra C02 may be added by blowing air from the lungs through it) and closed by a U tube containing coarse sand, will serve for a control.

The C02 may also according to Pfeffer1 be removed by careful treatment with lime water.


Seedlings with their roots in water, or plants of Tropceolum or clover in small pots, are to be used. The pot is supported in a crystallising glass (G, fig. 8) half filled with soda-lime, which rests on a ground glass plate, and is covered by a tubulated bell-jar, the lower edge of which is ground, but need not be welted. The ground edge is

1 Pfefier, Physiologie, i. p. 111.

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smeared with wax-mixture, and the junction with the glass plate is made secure by a little embankment of

Fig. 8. Exp. 35.

wax-mixture melted into the angle with a hot wire. The aperture of the bell is closed by a rubber cork pierced for the tube T, which contains soda-lime.

The apparatus should be placed out of doors or in a brightly lighted greenhouse. A control-plant must be fitted up in a similar way except that G may be dispensed with and that T must be filled with sawdust or some indifferent coarsely grained powder. Or 0 may contain H2S04 lest the air in the first jar should be drier than in the control.

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(36) Gain in weight.

Sachs1 has shown that a given area of leaf is heavier in the evening than in the morning, owing to the accumulated products of assimilation.

The following are Sachs' instructions for performing the experiment. Out of a board 3 mm. in thickness cut out a square of 10 cm. to the side and another rectangular piece of 10 x 5 cm.: these are to be used as templates by which to cut out areas of 100 sq. cm. and 50 sq. cm. respectively. The plants used must be large leaved kinds, e.g. Eeliardhus, Gucurbita, Rheum. The experiment must be begun soon after sunrise2. Five or six healthy leaves having been selected, each must be divided longitudinally close to one side of the midrib; the part which is thus freed from the plant is to be investigated at once, while the other half remains on the plant till the evening. Each half-leaf is treated in the following way. It is laid on a fiat board, the lower side of the leaf being upwards, so that the projecting veins may be easily seen. The tenrplates are now fitted in between the larger veins so as to get areas as free as possible from large veins. The rectangular pieces of leaf so obtained are quickly killed by steam. After being allowed to become air dry, they are powdered, dried, and weighed.

In the evening a similar process is gone through with the control halves. The following is the result of one of Sachs' experiments. A hundred sq. cm. were cut out of

1 Arbeiten, in. p. 19.

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the halves of 7 leaves of Helianthus annuus; the dry weight of the 700 sq. cm. was:—

5 a.m. 3"054 grams. 3 p.m. 3-693 „ 639 „ This equals 0'9 grams per sq. meter of leaf surface, per hour. Mutatis mutandis the weighing method is used by Sachs for showing the loss by translocation in the night.

(37) Translocation.

Sachs' iodine method is also useful for studying the translocation of carbohydrates, i.e. that the products of assimilation wander from the leaf to the body of the plant'.

In the evening remove the halves of several leaves and having tested small pieces of each (which should be preserved for further comparison) place the freed halves on wet filter-paper under a bell-jar in a cool dark room; the plant must also be placed under a bell in the same room. . In the morning the half-leaves attached to the plant will have lost more starch than the free halves. We have found Sparmannia give a good result when darkened from 5 p.m. until 10.30 a.m., the half-leaves attached to the plant being starchless and contrasting well with the free halves.

(38) Assimilation of sugar1.

Water-plants, such as Elodea, Potamogeton, Lemna,

1 More accurate methods are described in Part n. Chaps, xiii. and xiv.

2 Bohm, Botan. Zeitung, 1883; Meyer, Hotan. Zeitung, 18S6; Acton, Proc. Royal Soc. Vol. 47.

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or Callitriche, are placed in vessels of 500 c.c. capacity, containing spring water, to one set of which (A), 3 °/« cane-sugar has been added, to (B), 5 °/„ glycerine, while to (C) nothing has been added. It is of importance that specimens similar in size and in general vigour shall be selected, and that the specimens should be small in comparison with the volume of water in the beaker. Leave the vessels in the dark room for 8 or 10 days \ when the plants in (A), (B) and (C) are to be compared as to condition, growth, and especially as to the contained starch. The control specimens will be starchless, and dead or nearly so, while the experimental plants will be obviously better nourished and will contain more or less starch. The glycerine cultures do not as a rule succeed so well as those in cane-sugar. The chief difficulty experienced is the growth of moulds in the solution. Something ma)' be done by washing the vessels with \ p.c. corrosive sublimate and then in boiled distilled water; the culture fluids should be boiled and allowed to cool in vessels closed with cotton-wool plugs. [See Chap, iii.]

Chlorophyll is not necessary for this form of assimilation, colourless parts of plants form starch vigorously. The white flowers of Phlox paniculata are especially useful for this experiment. They are simply floated in the above-described solutions of sugar or glycerine, control specimens being placed in water. In a few days they become rich in starch, while the control flowers are starchless. The employment of colourless objects, such as white flowers, is especially convenient, since the use of

1 In summer Lemna shows an excellent effect in 6 days. D. A. 3

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alcohol as a decoloriser is avoided. The flowers must, however, be boiled before being placed in the iodine fluid.

(39) Formaldehyde.

Loew1 and Bokorny2 have shown that although formaldehyde is poisonous even in very dilute solutions yet that oxymethyl sodium sulfonate (which is easily decomposed into formaldehyde and NaHS03 can be used in culture fluids, in the proportion of 0-l per cent., without injury to Spirogyra. Bokorny (loc. cit.) has shown that if Spirogyra is cultivated, in the light, in a nutrient solution containing O'l per cent, oxymethyl sodium sulfonate, the starch in the plant increases considerably, a result which we have confirmed. The access of C02 must of course be prevented : for this reason the cultures must be examined for moulds, or bacteria which might serve as a source of C02 to the algas. The nutrient solution must contain O'l per cent, disodic phosphate to counteract the evil effects of the NaHS03 set free. After four or five days the plants must be compared with the control specimens which have been grown under identical conditions but without oxymethyl sodium sulfonate.

(40) Starch-formers (leucoplasts).

These may be examined in the tubers of Phajus grandifolius, according to the method given by Stras-burger3. The sections are to be placed in alcoholic tincture of iodine diluted with half its volume of distilled

1 Botan. Centralblatt, xliv. p. 315.

2 Berichte d. D. Bot. Gas. ix. p. 103. » Praktikum, pp. 67, 08.

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water. The relative positions of starch-former and starch-grain and the elongated crystalloid are well shown in Strasburger's figure 29. The leucoplasts in the rhizome of Iris germanica are given in his fig. 30.

Section B. The Evolution of Oxygen.

(41) Bubbles of gas given off.

Place a branch or two of a submerged water-plant, such as Hottonia, Potamogeton crispus, or Elodea, in a beaker filled with spring water which has been in the laboratory for 12—24 hours, and has acquired the temperature of the room. The plants must be tied to glass rods so as to keep the cut ends below the surface (see Pfeffer, Physiologie, Edit. I. Vol. I. fig. 17, and Detmer, fig. 12). In some cases it is convenient to make the cut end the lower. The beaker is to be placed in sunlight, and evolution of gas from the cut ends of the specimens to be observed. To obtain a convenient series of small bubbles Pfeffer recommends varnishing the cut end of the shoot and pricking a fine hole in the membrane so produced. Select a branch which seems to be yielding a satisfactory amount of gas, and record, with a stop-watch, the time which elapses while 10 or 20 bubbles are given off. The observation must be repeated until the rate of bubbling is fairly constant. It is important to know that the evolution of bubbles of gas may be produced by other causes than illumination. Thus a plaut which is exposed to feeble illumination and is not giving off bubbles may be made to do so by being transferred to a beaker


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containing soda-water freshly drawn from a " syphon." Devaux1 has shown that this depends on the internal atmosphere rapidly assuming the gas-pressure of the water, by the diffusion of C02 from outside into the intercellular spaces. For the same reason, apparently, any movement of the water, e.g. stirring it with a glass rod causes an increase in the escape of gas. It is on account of this fact that we avoid the use of freshly drawn spring water, which has, in a less degree, the effect of "syphon" water on the yield of gas, and vitiates any inquiry into the causes which increase or decrease the rate of bubbling.

(42) Light of different intensities.

Now move the beaker into the shade, or cover it with a sheet of white paper, and take a fresh series of readings, and finally replace it in sunshine and record the rate once more. White paper placed round the beaker (which remains open above) may be expected to reduce the rate by about one-half. In the absence of sunshine, an incandescent electric light of 5—10 candle power may be used. We find however that the Incandescent Gas Company's burner is the most convenient source of artificial light. It is necessary to interpose a glass trough filled with water between the light and the plant, to prevent undue heating from the gas. For the same reason the water in the trough must be constantly renewed by means of a pipe connected with the water supply, and an overflow. With either the incandescent gas or the electric light the

1 Ann. Sc. Nat. 1889.

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intensity of illumination may be easily varied by placing the light at various distances from the plant. The variations in the rate of escape of gas do not however seem to be proportional to the changes in the intensity of light, as Wolkoff] found to be the case when diffused light was used for illumination2.

(43) Dependence on C02.

Transfer the plant to a beaker filled with water which has been boiled in the apparatus shown in fig. 7, when the rate of bubbling immediately falls off greatly.

After a time the water may be supplied with C02 by blowing vigorously into it through a glass tube, when the evolution of gas increases in amount. As a check on the result the beaker should finally be placed in the dark, to make sure that the increased rate of bubbling is not a physical effect like that produced by effervescent water.

(44) Temperature.

Provide two beakers of water, one at a temperature of 24°—26° C, the other at 4°—5° C. Place a specimen in the warmer of the two and when the readings are constant transfer it to the cold water. In some of our experiments on Elodea we found that the escape of gas was immediately and completely checked by a change from 26° G. to 7°C. During the experiment take note of any changes in the brightness of the sky; if this precaution is forgotten it is easy to be deceived by a

1 Pringsheim's Jahrb. v.

2 See also Pfeffer, Physiologic, i. p. 208.

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passing cloud causing an alteration in the rate of assimilation. For this reason it is better to use artificial light.

(45) Chloroform1.

Repeat experiment 41 and add a small quantity (10 p.c.) of chloroform-water, that is, of water in which not more than 1 per cent, of chloroform has been shaken. If the experiment is cautiously performed it should be possible to seriously diminish the rate of gas-discharge without killing the plant.

(46) Coloured light*.

Proceed as in experiment 41, and when constant readings are obtained, cover the beaker with a double bell-jar containing ammoniacal copper-sulphate solution and note the result. Sunlight must be employed as the source of light. After an interval of 4 or 5 minutes, when the readings should be approaching constancy, replace the blue jar by another containing potassium bichromate solution, and take a series of readings. It will probably be necessary to alternate the blue and orange light several times before a trustworthy result is obtained, otherwise it is impossible to make sure of avoiding the effect of slight variations in the intensity of the light.

(47) Collection of the gas.

Place a quantity of any of the above-named water-plants in a glass jar of about 12—14 cm. diameter.

1 Bonnier and Mangin, Ann. Sc. Nat. 1880.

2 Sachs' Botan. Zeitung. 18G4.

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Press the plants down into the water with an inverted funnel, which should be a large one, and should fit easily inside the jar; its neck should be cut short, so that the opening may be easily submerged. The gas given off by the plants will be guided by the funnel and may be collected in an inverted test-tube filled with water and placed over the opening. If the neck of the funnel is covered with one or two centimeters of india-rubber tubing, and if a test-tube be selected which fits tightly over the tube, no other support for the test-tube is needed. The funnel may be kept in its place by 3 bent glass rods attached to its neck and hooked over the rim of the jar.

When the test-tube is nearly full, the gas may be shown to be oxygen by the glowing of a splinter of deal which has been lighted, and is blown out just before it is thrust into the gas. The test-tube should be of such a size that it can be easily covered with the thumb.

(48) Engelmann's blood method1.

A flask containing defibrinated bullock's blood is attached to the water air-pump and exhausted of oxygen. The fluid appears to boil during the process, which is assisted by the application of a temperature of about 35° C. The blood may be preserved in a venous condition, and may at the same time be charged with the necessary C02 by being tightly corked with a supply of carbonic acid.

Engelmann recommends a filament of Spirogyra about

1 Pfliiger's Archiv, Vol. xlh.

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a centimeter in length, but for an obvious result a single leaf of Elodea or part of a Hottonia leaf seems to us preferable. It is mounted in a large drop of blood whicn is spread into a thick layer by supporting the cover-glass on strips of paper. The preparation is now exposed to sunlight for 3 or 4 minutes, or to bright diffused light for a somewhat longer period. The oxygen given off from the leaf brings back the red arterial tint to the blood. The effect is perhaps most easily seen under a low power of the microscope, the red zone round the leaf giving the impression of a source of light hidden behind the leaf, producing in fact somewhat of a sunset effect. But it is also clearly visible with the naked eye, especially if the preparation is held above a sheet of white paper; it is not so plain if it lies on the paper. The venous blood has a dull, almost grey purple appearance in contrast to the red halo which surrounds and follows the curves of the leaf. The effect is quite clear and unmistakeable. A control specimen should be placed in the dark so as to make sure that the effect is not due to diffusion from the gas in the intercellular spaces of the leaf. Or the specimen which has been illuminated may be darkened, for about 1 hour, or until the red colour disappears, when the light effect may once more be produced.

According to Engelmann the most delicate method of showing the evolution of the oxygen is by means of the spectroscope, the spectrum of the blood changing as the oxyhaemoglobin appears.

We have no experience of Hoppe-SeylerV version of this experiment.

1 Zeitschr.f. physiolog. Chemie, Bd. n. p. 425, 1879.

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(48 a) Farmer's experiment1.

Mount two Elodea leaves in water and seal the preparation with wax-mixture. Place it in the dark for 3 or 4 hours or until the circulation ceases for want of oxygen. Then expose it to incandescent-gas light when the circulation will start in a few minutes.

(49) Boussingault's phosphorus method.

A glass tube, in form like a test-tube 2-5 cm. diameter and 20—25 cm. in length is fitted with a good rubber cork. On the inside of the cork fix a stiff wire which will serve to support about a centimeter of phosphorus. Push half way up the tube a mass of water plants, e.g. Ranunculus aquatilis or Potamogeton sp. Fill the tube with water and partially replace the water by hydrogen to which about 5 per cent, of C02 is added. The cork carrying the phosphorus is then inserted, and the tube is placed in the dark. The white fumes which appear will subside in an hour or two, and the atmosphere in the tube will be clear. It is then placed in sunshine, when the oxygen evolved will again form an obvious white cloud.

(50) Pfeffers method2.

A leaf is exposed to light in a calibrated tube containing a known volume of C02: after a certain number of hours the amount of C02 decomposed is estimated by absorbing what remains with KHO. The tube is almost 36 cm. in length, of which 26 cm. is a calibrated tube of

1 Farmer, Annals of Botany, Vol. x. F. Darwin, Proc. Cambridge Phil. Soc. Vol. ix.

s Sachs' Arbeiten, i. p. 15. See also Pfeffer's Physiologie, i. p. 188.

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14—15 mm. in diameter, T (fig. 9); above this part the tube is blown into a balloon and ends above in a narrow tube B with flat ground edges. The whole tube contains about 120 c.c. The leaf to be experimented on is rolled into a cylinder and gently pushed up the tube with a wooden rod until it reaches the wide part of the tube, where it unfolds of itself. After the experiment is over, the leaf is to be removed by means of a piece of thin iron wire, W, attached to the stalk before the leaf was inserted. During the experiment the wire should be attached outside the tube by an elastic band E. The tube is fixed vertically in a glass beaker, H, having upright sides and containing mercury, and a drop or two (02—0'3 c.c.) of water is placed above the mercury column in the calibrated tube to protect the leaf from mercury fumes. By applying suction at B the mercury column is raised to a desired height. The suction is best applied through a washing bottle containing water, so that the breath of the operator may not come directly in communication with the air in the gas-tube. An india-rubber tube fitting over B serves to connect with the washing bottle, and also to close the tube when desired. When the mercury



Fig. 9. Exp. 50.

Copied from Pfeffer

loc. cit.

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column is at a sufficient height, the tube is temporarily closed with a clip and afterwards more securely by a bit of glass rod M, whose lower surface is ground flat and greased, so that when pushed home it fits close against the ground surface of B.

The height of the column of mercury is now read off on the calibrated tube, and at the same time the height of the little column of water is recorded. Eeadings of the barometer and thermometer are also taken. From 8 to 10 c.c. of C02 which has been washed in NaHC03 to free it from HC1 is now passed into the tube, and the readings are again taken. Before introducing the C03 its purity should be tested by ascertaining that it is entirely absorbed over KHO. The apparatus is now exposed to bright diffused light for 5 or 6 hours, or it may be exposed to sunlight. When the exposure to light is complete the leaf must be pulled out by the wire, and when the apparatus has cooled, readings are again taken.

In order to estimate the quantity of C02 which has been decomposed, about 0'2 or 0'3 c.c. of concentrated KHO is injected into the gas-tube; this Pfeffer recommends to be done by the heat of the hand acting on a closed pipette. After 2 hours the C02 may be assumed to be all absorbed, when readings are again to be taken. The volume of the leaf is also to be ascertained by sinking it in a narrow measuring glass and reading off the altered position of the level; the fluid in the glass may be a mixture of alcohol and water which prevents adhesion of bubbles to the leaf. The volume of the leaf being known it must be applied as a correction to the

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readings of the gas-volume. To obtain the result it is necessary to reduce the readings of the calibrated tube (before and after the injection of KHO) to 0° C. and to 1 meter mercury pressure, and to make allowance for water vapour tension, etc. This is to be done according to the formula of Bunsen1.

It is by no means necessary to employ a tube of the above-described form. We employ tubes of test-tube form of 2 cm. internal diameter and containing 100 c.c. Oleander leaves (which are especially good material in the winter months) fit these tubes well. The mercury is raised to the desired height by a thick-walled india-rubber tube pushed up into the cavity, and connected with a water air-pump. The rubber tube is then closed between the fingers and drawn out: if in this process a few drops of mercury are drawn into the tube, they may be sucked (by turning on the pump) into a bottle fitted like a washing bottle, which serves as a trap between the pump and any vessel to which suction is to be applied.

(51) Winkler-Hempel apparatus.

For demonstration purposes, where it is desirable to avoid barometer readings, calculations, &c, fair results

i _(i.--w)(6-i1-62)

1 1 + 0-00366«° Where z>j = the reduced volume of gas.

v =the observed volume.

m = the correction for meniscus.

b = the barometric reading.

6j = the mercury pressure in the eudiometer.

i2 = the water-vapour tension at the temperature t°. See Bunsen and Iioscoe, Gasometric Analysis.

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may be obtained with the Winkler-Hempel apparatus,— described in exp. 4, p. 6.

The jar, J, fig. 3, containing leaves is filled with air containing about-8°/o of C02: the exact proportion is of no importance, but it must be accurately determined at the beginning of the experiment. The bent tube t serves to draw off a sample of the gas in the jar J, and as it is drawn off, the water flows through the tube I from the beaker o outside, into the second vessel inside i. The tubes t and I are now clamped, and the apparatus exposed to bright light for 4 or 5 hours when a fresh sample of gas is drawn off and analysed. The water introduced absorbs some of the C02 and causes an error, which however is not so serious as to interfere with the results for demonstration purposes.

(52) Timiriazeff's Eudiometer1.

For the analysis of gas given off from water plants we use Timiriazeff's Micro-eudiometer arranged for the analysis of larger quantities of gas, e.g. for 0'5 c.c. instead of " a bubble no bigger than a pin's head."

The apparatus (shown in fig. 10) consists of three parts —the eudiometer E, the pipette P, and the carrier G.

The eudiometer is a tube of 5 mm. internal diameter graduated in O'Ol c.c.: the upper end is covered by a short (25 mm.) length of rubber tube through which passes a glass rod R serving as a piston. The lower end of E is enlarged into a small funnel F to facilitate the entrance of the gas to be analysed. The carrier 0 consists

1 Ann. Sc. Nat. Serie vn. 1885, vol. 11. p. 1.12.

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of a bell-shaped glass vessel 10 mm. in diameter, 20 mm. in height holding about 1 c.c. and attached to a glass rod H serving as a handle. R


Fig. 10. Exp. 52.

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then transferred1 to the vessel of water in which E stands, and the gas in G is poured up into the funnel F at the lower end of E. The funnel is connected with the graduated part of the tube by a capillary passage, so that the gas transferred from the carrier remains in the funnel, whence it is drawn into the eudiometer by pulling out the glass rod B working like the piston of a syringe. The gas having been measured by means of the graduations on E, the piston is pushed in and the bubble forced down into the funnel F.

The pipette P is dilated into a bulb at B and ends below in a bent capillary tube which can be inserted into the funnel of the eudiometer, when by drawing out the pistons of the syringe at the upper end of P, the gas is drawn into the pipette. For estimation of oxygen the pipette contains freshly made solution of potassium pyro-gallate2. After two or three minutes, the gas is returned to the funnel of the eudiometer, drawn in by the eudiometer syringe, and once more measured. The difference between the first and second readings of the eudiometer gives the amount of oxygen absorbed by the pyrogallate: the whole operation is so quickly done that no corrections for barometric or thermometric changes are necessary. Timiriazeff's apparatus cannot with any approach to accuracy be employed for estimating the C02 in a sample of gas.

1 The analysis of gas given off by water plants may also be made in the Bonnier-Mangin apparatus described in Exp. 5.

2 0-4 gram pyrogallic acid in 20 c.c. of KOH (30—50 p. c. solution).

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Since an apparatus of this kind will usually be made in the laboratory it is worth noting that the bore and length of stroke of the syringes, as well as the size of the bulbs blown on tbe pipette and eudiometer must be arranged so that the gas cannot be drawn beyond the bulbs in either case.

(53) Engelmann's bacterial method.

This depends on the extreme sensitiveness of certain bacteria to the presence or absence of free oxygen. One of the difficulties connected with the experiment is the providing a sufficiently sensitive bacterium. Pfeffer recommends that a pea having been killed by boiling shall be allowed to putrefy in 200 c.c. water; according to Detmer a pure culture should be made of the bacteria so obtained. This, though no doubt advisable, is not necessary.

It is best to begin with a study of the behaviour of bacteria mounted simply under a cover-glass. They will be found to swarm round any air-bubbles which may be included in the fluid under the cover-glass; and to collect round the edges of the preparation, and in fact to seek out sources of free oxygen. If the preparations are sealed by a coating of melted vaseline or wax-mixture painted round the edge of the cover-slip, the bacteria ultimately become sluggish and come to rest. It is of this fact that Engelmann's method takes advantage. If a filament of Spirogyra or the leaf of a submerged plant be included with the sealed bacteria we have it in our power, by the exposure of the preparation to light,—to produce free

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oxygen. Thus all that is necessary is to place the preparation in the dark for two or three hours, then to expose it to light, and to watch the swarming of the bacteria round the green plant. The bacteria will be in violent movement within half a minute after exposure to light. If not kept long in the light they may be brought to rest by a quarter of an hour's darkness.

By means of Engelmann's Microspectral Objective it is possible to cast a spectrum on the filament of Spirogyra and to observe the distribution of the swarming bacteria in the different colours. We do not propose to enter into Engelmann's method of "successive observations," for which the student may consult Engelmanu's papers in the Botanische Zeitung from 1881 onwards. (54) Diffusion.

In connection with assimilation the diffusion of gas through the cuticularised epidermis should be studied. Detmer's method1 may be used.

A pierced rubber cork is fitted over a glass tube (3 cm. diameter) so that the surface of the cork is flush with the upper rim of the tube. On the aperture in the cork a piece of fine wire-gauze is laid, and on this a leaf (e.g. that of Platanus or of Nerium) is placed with the stomatal surface uppermost, and firmly cemented with wax-mixture to the cork. The tube is filled with C02, and its lower end plunged into mercury. As the COa diffuses out through the leaf, the mercury rises in the tube. The wire-gauze serves to prevent the leaf bulging inwards into the tube. The best method of filling the 1 Praktikum, p. 107.

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tube is by displacement of the air, which is allowed to leave the tube by a small gap purposely left uncemented between the leaf and the cork, and which can be closed when the air has been replaced by C02.

Section C. Reactions of chlorophyll and of some other pigments.

To study the simpler reactions of chlorophyll we extract the green colour of leaves by means of alcohol. The leaves' are boiled for a few minutes in water, roughly dried with filter-paper and placed in alcohol. The extraction must go on in the dark, because light has a destructive action on the colouring matters.

(55) Separation by Benzol, etc.

Place some of the alcoholic extract in a test-tube, dilute it with a few drops of distilled water; add benzol, shake the mixture, and allow it to settle. The benzol which floats above the alcohol is of a bright greenish blue, while the alcohol dissolves the yellow pigment which forms part of the alcoholic leaf-extract.

A similar separation may be effected by adding to the alcoholic extract:—(a) Ether, (b) Olive oil.

(56) Action of light*.

Fill three test-tubes with alcoholic leaf-extract, cork them and place A in sunlight, B in diffused light, G in the dark. After a few hours note the changes in

1 Almost any leaves will serve the purpose: grass answers well.

2 Sachs Bot. Zeitung, 1864; Physiologie (French Trans.), 18C8, p. 13; Wiesner, Sitz. Wien. Akad. Yol. lxix. 1ST4.

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colour. The solution which has been exposed to sunlight rapidly becomes brown or yellowish brown, while G is unchanged and B is intermediate in tint. In the absence of sunlight the effect may be shown by placing A close to the window, B in a dull corner, and G in the dark. Exposure for 24 hours is necessary. Chlorophyll solution may be compared with an alcoholic extract of etiolin, which is almost completely stable in light.

(57) Aeration in connection with the action of light1. Boil some of the alcoholic solution in a test-tube, so

as to remove the air, cork it2 and allow it to cool. Place it with an unboiled sample in bright diffused light, and note that the absence of oxygen delays the light effect.

(58) Action of acid.

Add a few drops of HC1 or HN03 to the alcoholic extract and note the appearance of a brownish tint; with excess of acid a muddy blue or green is produced owing to the precipitation of phyllocyanin and phylloxanthin3.

(59) Action of copper salts.

By the addition of a little 10°/0 CuS04 solution4 a copper compound is produced, which has the general appearance of chlorophyll, but differs notably in not being

1 N. J. C. Miiller, Pringsheim's Jahrb. to. p. 205.

2 To cork a full test-tube, the best plan is to include a piece of thin -wire between the cork and the glass; this makes a vent for the escape of the fluid, which closes when the wire is pulled out. To prevent the entrance of air the operation of corking should be finished with the test-tube inverted in a fluid, and the wire should be pulled out under the same conditions.

3 See Schunck, Annals of Botany, nr. p. 88.

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fluorescent1. To observe this point compare it with unaltered chlorophyll extract; fluorescence is most easily visible with a strong solution in a narrow test-tube.

(60) Stability of the copper compound*.

Fill two test-tubes A, B, with the copper compound and two others G, D, with unaltered leaf-extract: place A and G in sunlight, B and D in the dark. After some hours note by comparison with B and D that the copper compound is not destroyed while G is affected.

(61) Spectroscopic examination.

To see the characteristic chlorophyll band I in the red, a small direct-vision spectroscope may be used: the solution may be in a test-tube, and ordinary daylight will suffice. In Detmer's Praktikum, p. 17, a convenient holder for test-tubes is figured and described. For the other bands direct sunlight is needed, the solution, which must be a weak one, should be placed in a parallel-sided vessel, and a more elaborate spectroscope should be used.

(61 a) Part of the red rays not absorbed.

If a thick layer (say 5 or 6 cm.) of strong leaf-extract is placed between the observer and a source of light it appears red instead of green. This is an interesting demonstration of the fact that the part of the spectrum on the infra-red side of the BG band is that which is least absorbed by a chlorophyll solution.

(62) Other pigments (Anthocyan).

The red varieties of Ricinus and Amaranthus may be

1 Tschirch, Deut. Bot. Ges. Bd. v. 1887, p. 135. * See Sohunck, Annals of Botany, in. p. 94.

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used. In the last-named the acid anthocyan can be extracted by boiling a leaf in water, which takes up the coloured cell sap, and becomes red. The leaves of the red variety of Ricinus turn green on being heated, but the red colour does not appear in the water used for the purpose. Both the leaves and the water in which they were boiled may be reddened by treatment with acid. The explanation of the facts given by Molisch1 is that as soon as the leaf is killed, the strong alkalinity of the protoplasm makes the anthocyan alkaline, when it acquires a yellow or greenish tint. According to the same author the leaves, e.g. those of Amaranthus, which do yield a red solution on being boiled, contain an acid cell sap which is not entirely neutralised by the alkaline protoplasm, and therefore preserves the red colour of the .anthocyan.

(63) Floridece.

In some species, at any rate, the colouring matter reddens cold fresh water in which the sea-weeds are placed, but the colour is destroyed by boiling. In Polysiphonia it is not destroyed.

(64) Brown sea-weeds.

A portion of Fucus or Laminaria yields a brown colour to water in which it is boiled—while the boiled thallus shows a greenish colour and yields a green alcoholic extract. But it is impossible as far as we have seen to extract the whole of the colouring matters.

1 Botan. Zeilung. 1889, p. 20.

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Section D. Conditions necessary for production of chlorophyll. Etiolation. Sun- and shade-leaves.

(65) Formation of chlorophyll1.

Seedlings of mustard (Si?iapis) are grown in the dark* and are then placed in the morning in a good light close to the window, and the time necessary for the production a of distinct green colour is noted; some effect is visible after one hour.

Place similar etiolated plants in the darkest corner of the laboratory and when chlorophyll has been developed show, by an examination of the leaves with Sachs' test, that light too weak for assimilation is strong enough for chlorophyll-formation.

(66) Etiolin and light.

The following point is of less importance. Compare the colour of etiolated seedlings, which have been exposed to light for one or two hours but have not developed chlorophyll, with control specimens left in the dark. They will be found to be of a darker yellow or orange colour. In this way Elfving3 showed that light increases the formation of etiolin.

(67) Pinus.

Light is not necessary for chlorophyll formation in

1 Wiesner, Die Entstehung d. Chlorophylls. Vienna, 1877.

2 Etiolation proper can only be observed in parts of plants which have developed in the dark. The already formed chlorophyll may-become discoloured by starvation, but this is not etiolation. Many leaves retain their green colour for a long time in darkness.

3 Sachs' Arbeiten, n. p. 495.

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certain Gymnosperms1. The seeds of various species of Finns should be sown three weeks or a month before they are needed for demonstration. Let them be kept in the dark continuously and at a temperature of at least 15° 0. Peas or beans should be grown with them to prove by their appearance that the cupboard is dark enough to etiolate ordinary plants.

(68) Temperature*.

Sink an empty beaker in a larger one half filled with water, and keep the water at 30° or 31° C. by means of a thermostat. Etiolated plants such as seedlings of Sinapis or the epicotyls of beans are placed in the inner beaker, which is covered by a glass plate. A similar vessel contains control plants and is allowed to remain at a room temperature of about 15° 0. After 2 or 3 hours a distinct difference in the greenness of the plants at 31° 0. as compared with the control plants is perceptible. In one experiment with mustard seedlings, in which the control plants were kept at a temperature of 10° C, a distinct effect was perceptible in one hour.

(69) Oxygen necessary for chlorophyll-formation. Germinate mustard in the dark and when the cotyledons are free from the seed-coat pass two or three plants under the rim of an inverted test-tube filled with water. They float3 up to the top of the tube and are thus fully

1 Sachs' Physiologie (French Trans.), p. 8. s Sachs, loc. cit. p. 11.

3 If the seedlings sink instead of floating, as sometimes happens, they may be allowed to lie at the bottom of a beaker of water.

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exposed to light, but they do not become green; while control plants placed on wet filter-paper under a bell-jar soon develope chlorophyll. It is not necessary to use boiled water, the amount of air in ordinary spring water being insufficient for the respiration of land-plants.

(70) Seedlings in hydrogen.

To demonstrate the fact in another way mustard seedlings may be placed in hydrogen. We use the L-shaped vessels recommended by Detmer1. The difference between the experimental seedlings and the control in air is clear after 24 hours. The vessel may be filled with hydrogen by displacement of water.

(71) Iron.

The effect of iron salts in restoring a green colour to chlorotic2 leaves, may be occasionally demonstrated on chance specimens. A chlorotic branch of Robinia in the Botanic Garden at Wiirzburg was restored to a healthy green by screwing a funnel into the tree close to the base of the branch, and pouring into it a solution of an iron salt'.

In the absence of chance material, chlorotic plants must be produced by growing them, by the water culture method, without iron. It is best to grow some five or six iron-starved plants so as to have control plants and to make sure of material for several experiments. The addition of a few drops of a solution of iron chloride should lead to the development of chlorophyll, but ac-

1 Praktikum, p. 26. 2 See Sachs' Arbeiten, in. p. 433.

3 Sachs' Vorlesungen, p. 343.

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cording to our experience success is by no means certain. Another jar may be used for Gris'1 experiment, which consists in painting a leaf with very dilute ferric chloride solution. Here again it is not easy to insure success.

(72) Form of etiolated plants'1.

For a thorough study of the changes of form and structure which accompany etiolation it would be necessary to grow a great variety of plants. The best for the purpose are plants produced from tubers or bulbs, or from large seeds full of reserve material, since here the effects of darkness in producing starvation do not complicate the result. Among Dicotyledons, Dahlia, Helianthus tuberosus, Humulus lupulus, and Beans (Faba and Phaseolus) may be grown. Among Monocotyledons, any of the cereals, Narcissus and Crocus.

In each case control plants of the same species must be grown in light. Compare the two sets as to development of leaf, measured in length and breadth; length and diameter of stem, and length of internode.

(73) Sun- and shade-leaves.

To see the remarkable structural characters described by Stahl3, the leaves of the beech (Fagus) will serve. Transverse sections must be cut from leaves which have grown (1) in the fullest sunshine, and (2) in deep shade. The chief point to note is the difference in the palisade tissue.

1 For an account of the experiments of Gris see Sachs' Physiologic (French Trans.), p. 159. Also Sachs' Arbeiten, in. p. 433, for Chlorosis.

2 Sachs' Bot. Zeitung, 1863.

3 Bot. Zeitung, 1880.

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Section A. Water-culture.

Section B. Experiments on Fungi and on Drosera.

Section C. Absorption and other functions of the root.

Section A. Water-culture.

(74) Method.

To show what elements are necessary for the development of a green plant, and the relative proportions in which they are absorbed by its roots, the method of water-culture should be used, either alone or in combination with studies on the ash obtained by incinerating the plants cultivated.

Full directions for conducting water-culture experiments are given in Sachs' Lectures, Eng. ed. Lect. xvii. p. 283, and in Detmer's Praktikum, ch. i. pp. 1—6l.

Although we have never succeeded in preventing the failure of a small proportion of such experiments, the liability to failure may be much diminished by careful attention to the following precautions. The cylinders

1 Compare also Acton, Proc. Royal Soc. Vol. xlyii. (1889), pp. 152-157.

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used should not contain less than 500 c.c. of the solution1 in an experiment and should therefore be of at least 700 c.c. capacity2. Every cylinder used should be carefully cleaned just before setting up the experiment. For this purpose the cylinders are thoroughly washed, and then rinsed out with strong commercial nitric acid which is removed by distilled water. They are then again rinsed out with a strong aqueous solution of mercuric chloride, and lastly with distilled water, which has been boiled for some time immediately before use, till portions of the wash-water give no trace of turbidity with a solution of silver nitrate.

1 Sachs recommends the following :

Potassium nitrate I/O gram Sodium chloride 0'5

Calcium sulphate 0-5 Magnesium sulphate 0-5 Calcium phosphate 0-5 Water 1000 c.c.

Pfeffer, Physiologic, Vol. I. p. 253, quotes from Knop the following: Calcium nitrate 4 parts by weight

Potassium nitrate 1 ,, ,,

Magnesium sulphate (crystals) 1 „ ,,

Potassium phosphate 1 ,, ,,

One part of the mixture of salts is dissolved in 50 parts of water : for use it is diluted to 2 or 3 per mille. A drop or two of iron chloride must be added to it as in the case of all normal nutrient solutions. Schimper (Flora, 1890, p. 220) gives a variety of useful formulas.

2 Wortmann (Bot. Zeitung, 18^)2, p. 643) recommends the use of very-large vessels for water-culture. He states that in this way the respiration of the roots is better provided for, and that culture fluid remains at a lower and healthier temperature. According to Wortmann the plants flourish far better than in the ordinary small vessels, and moreover require practically no further attention when the culture has once been set up. He uses glass cylinders containing ?GJ liters, which are supplied at a cost of 5 marks each by Messrs EhrharJt and Metzger of Darmstadt.

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The culture solution should be boiled rapidly for at least half-an-hour, the water which evaporates off being replaced from time to time with pure distilled water, and transferred to the cylinder as soon as it has cooled.

Two holes should be cut in the cork, one for the plant and one for a tube to admit air to the interior of the cylinder. For the latter purpose a short glass tube is inserted through the hole in the cork so that the ends project about 5 cm. beyond the upper and under surface; the upper open end is attached to a small bulb tube loosely packed with recently ignited asbestos which will exclude dust etc. but allow a circulation of gases. This tube is also useful for introducing fresh water, when required, without touching the plant, as it is only necessary to remove the bulb tube and afterwards replace it.

To fix the plant in position in the cork, soft asbestos which has been recently heated is preferable to cottonwool, and the material should not project beyond the lower surface of the cork, as it is desirable to keep it as dry as possible, since 'damping off' at the 'collar,' from the attacks of fungi, is the commonest cause of failure in culture experiments1. For the same reason, only those plants should be selected for use which are uninjured at the 'collar,' and great care taken that no injury is inflicted at this part when fixing in position. When changing the plants into fresh cylinders the whole

1 Out of fifty-six unsuccessful experiments where plants died within three weeks, more than thirty were attacked in this way; the plants were seedlings of Epilobium hirsutum and Cheirauthus ciieiri.

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cork should be taken out and put into the new cylinder, but if for any reason the asbestos around the collars should get damp it is better to take a fresh cork and to fix the plant again with dry material.

At the end of each week the plants should be changed into cylinders containing only pure distilled water and left in the same for three or four days, when they may be again placed in the culture solution, using for this purpose a fresh 500 c.c. of the solution put into the vessels with the same precautions as at first. The longer such cultures are continued, if the plants keep healthy, the more striking will be the results, but three weeks, during average summer weather, will be sufficient to demonstrate the facts illustrated in the selected experiments.

Pure chemicals should be used in making up culture solutions; the solutions do not keep well even in the dark and should be freshly made for each set of experiments. A useful rough rule for making up such solutions is to dissolve twice the weights of the solids, given in grams per liter, in an ordinary blue glass Winchester quart bottle, containing roughly 2 liters.

Water-plants cannot generally be recommended for accurate experiments extending over any considerable time, as we have found it much more difficult to grow them satisfactorily in culture solutions than to grow ordinary plants with the roots immersed.

Strong seedlings of any common green plants may be used; of the plants used by Acton (loc. cit.) the best were found to be Epilobium hirsutum and Gheiranthus cheiri.

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long, shoots of plants with the cut end in the solution may be used; shoots of Alisma plantayo and Scrophularia aquatica are good for this purpose, and when it is convenient to have a woody stem, branches of Acer pseudoplatanus or Tilia europma answer well.

(75) Potassium salts necessary.

Take three plants, A, B, G, as nearly as possible of equal weight and equally developed. Dry A at 100° 0. and determine its dry weight. Grow B in normal culture solution and 0 in a fluid containing the same salts as the normal solution but with an equivalent weight of sodium —instead of the potassium—salt. Continue the cultures for about three weeks, then take out the plants B and C, dry them at 100° and determine their dry weights. B should be considerably heavier than G.

To confirm the fact that the greater increase in weight shown by B is associated with the actual absorption of the potassium, B and G should be incinerated after weighing and the absolute amounts of K20 in the whole ash of each determined.

Instructions for obtaining the ash and making an accurate estimation of the K20 are given in Part II.

(76) Phosphoric acid necessary.

The same method is used as in the last experiment but a somewhat longer time will be required for satisfactory results. The solution which contains no salt of phosphoric acid may have the usual calcium phosphate replaced by an equivalent quantity of calcium nitrate.

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Instructions for determining P205 in the ash are given in Part II.

In this as the preceding experiment it need scarcely be pointed out that it is much better to start five or six separate cultures under each set of conditions than to rely on one only. If all develope well, the mean result of the best three may be taken in each case.

(77) Experiments with Lemna.

Though as above stated water-plants are not generally to be recommended, yet we have found Lemna minor useful for purposes of demonstration. They grow rapidly, and their increase being principally in one plane is easily noticed at a glance. Moreover a rough numerical estimate of the amount of increase in a given time can be made by counting the fronds; thus in fig. 11 the culture S, which has about 21 fronds, consisted originally of six separate fronds, as shown in culture W.

We grow the Lemna in narrow cylinders containing 300 c.c. of fluid; if the cylinders are darkened by black cardboard covers the cultures keep reasonably free from algre.

Fig. 11 gives the result of an experiment carried on in a greenhouse in the winter. Three jars S, K, W, were prepared, in each of which six fronds were placed. S contained 0-25 °/o Sachs' mixture of salts; K contained 0'25 °/0 potassium nitrate, while W contained only distilled water, a drop of dialysed iron being added to each culture. The amount of increase is shown in the figure, the difference in root production as well as in the amount of frond is noticeable. In this and similar experiments

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the Lemna died in a short time in distilled water; whether this is due simply to starvation or to some other cause we have not ascertained.


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(P). Four or five weeks (in May) are necessary to give the result. Owing to an accident the figures do not show the strong growth of roots in (S)1.

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(78) Calcium oxalate formation.

The leaves of JZsculus hippocastanum, of Acer negundo, Ulmus campestris, and Humulus lupulus are according to Schimper1 useful to demonstrate the fact that calcium oxalate accumulates in leaves with age. Young and old leaves of some of these species, having been rendered transparent by chloral hydrate, should be compared under the microscope. The method described in Chapter v. of detecting small amounts of calcium oxalate with the polariscope may be used, but will probably not be needed. The formation of the oxalate is connected with illumination: in jEscuIus, as Schimper states, this is especially noticeable, leaves which have grown in full sunshine having far more crystals than leaves developed in the shade. The formation is also connected with the presence of chlorophyll. The comparison of a pure green and a white leaflet of a leaf of Acer negundo is, as Schimper states, especially instructive. In the white leaflets only a small amount of minute crystals occur. The variegated Pelargonium may also be used.

(79) Nitrate reaction.

Schimper has shown that the appearance of calcium oxalate is connected with the decomposition of calcium nitrate in the leaf. The calcium being deposited as an oxalate while the nitric acid is assimilated. The disappearance of nitrate out of leaves shows therefore the same relation to light and to the presence or absence of chloro-

1 Botan. Zeilung, 1888, p. 83.

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phyll that he has shown to exist for the oxalate formation. The presence of nitrates is to be tested by the diphenyl-amin-sulphate test1; a not too thin section of a leaf or leaf-stalk is placed on a glass-slide and a drop of diphenyl-amin sulphate added; if nitrate is present a deep blue colour appears. Schimper recommends the leaves of the elder, Sambucus nigra, adding that the large leaves developed on the long spring shoots should be avoided, and that leaves developed in shade on short twigs should be employed. The cut leaves having been tested and found to contain nitrate arc placed with their stalks in water and exposed to light. He describes an experiment in which the leaves lost the greater part of the nitrate in four or five days under these circumstances2. When a variegated elder is used for the experiment, the diminution of nitrate takes place in the green, not in the chlorotic parts. The importance of light was also shown in the case of Taraxacum dens leonis, Aristolochia sipho and some other plants by observing that after some weeks of sunny weather the sun-leaves gave no nitrate reaction while the shade-leaves showed a moderate or even strong reaction. We find that plants of Pelargonium zonale, grown in pots, give good results in a few days, in summer. One set should be exposed to bright light, the other set kept in deep shade.

1 Molisch, Deutsch. Bot, Gesellsch. 1883. For the precautions necessary in drawing conclusions from observations based on this test see Zimmerman, Botanische 3Iihrotechnik, 1892, p. 49.

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Section B. Nutrition of Fungi1 and of Drosera.

(80) Method.

Make the following5 nutritive solution (X).

Dextrose 5 to 10'0 gram3

Peptone 1 to 2 0

Ammonium nitrate l'O

Potassium nitrate 0'5

Magnesium sulphate crystals 0-25 Potassium monophosphate 023

Calcium chloride 001

Pure water 1000

Take 1000 c.c. of solution N and add to it 100 grams of pure gelatine (Coignet's gold label); sterilise in a flask plugged with cotton-wool, filter while hot and distribute into sterile plugged tubes: sterilise and preserve for use.

Expose a saucer of solution N to the air, until it is infected with one of the blue moulds:—Penicillium or Aspergillus. With a sterilised needle remove spores of the mould selected and shake up in a small flask of pure water: rapidly filter through a sterile funnel, plugged with cotton-wool to make the spores separate from one another. Add one drop, or more, according to the quantity of spores in the water, to a tube of the gelatine just liquefied, and pour it into a sterile glass dish. When set, put it aside at 20° C. in the dark ; after 48 hours or so there will

1 For the form of the instructions here given we are indebted to Professor Marshall Ward.

2 Or any of the solutions given on p. 172 of Zopf, Die Pilzt. Solution N is compiled from Elfving, Studien iiber die Einwirkung da Lichtt on/ die Pilzt, 1890, p. 30.

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probably be isolated pure cultures of the mould. Take spores from these with a sterile needle, and touch the nutrient gelatine of a series of the prepared tubes: this gives pure cultures of fungus for stock.

(81) Various cultures.

Prepare a series of small flasks (200 c.c), plugged with cotton-wool and sterilised. To the flasks (A to E) add 50 c.c. of the following liquids:

A. Pure distilled water.

B. Solution N minus the dextrose.

C. Solution N minus the peptone and nitrates.

D. A 10 °/o solution of dextrose only.

E. Solution K

[N.B. These experiments need the greatest possible care to avoid any trace of impurity in the salts, water etc.]

Add to each flask one drop of pure water in which spores have been shaken, and separated by filtering through cotton-wool as described above, taking care that the drop contains only a few spores. If properly done each drop should contain about a dozen spores. Place the flasks in a temperature of 20° to 25° C, and compare the growths, which will be as follows :—

A. ' Xo perceptible growth1.

B. Fair growth at first which soon, however, comes to an end.

1 The miscroscope shows that the spores germinate, but the mycelium does not continue its growth.

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C Hardly perceptible growth which soon stops.

D. Fair growth at first, ceasing soon.

E. Standard growth, rapid and large.

If sufficient care is taken as to absolute purity (a difficult bit of manipulation1), it is possible to show, by leaving one out at a time, that S, P, K, Mg are necessary; Ca is not necessary.

Also to show that, Avith Penicillium, magnesium sulphate can be replaced by magnesium sulphite or hyposulphite, but not by some other sulphur compounds.

The question whether K can be replaced by Rb or Cs is not decided: it seems clear that it cannot be replaced by Na or Li. See Pfeffer, Pjlanzenphysiologie, Ed. n., vol. I., p. 404.

(82) Vaccinia.

Obtain teleutospores of Puccinia graminis which have wintered on the straw of wheat or Triticum repens, and sow in February—April in, (A) water, (B) nutritive solution, and keep at 10—15° C. in the dark.

Both will germinate, and even proceed to develope the sporidia, but these die off eventually.

Their further developement can only be got by infecting young leaves of the barberry (Berberis vulgaris).

The same thing is true of other Uredinece.

(83) Hanging-drop cultures.

A damp-culture cell is to be prepared as follows3. A

1 Owing to the cotton-wool, dust, glass, wa'er &e. rather than tha chemicals themselves.

2 See Nageli, Erntthrung der niederen Pihe.

8 H. Marshall Ward, Philosophical Transactions, 1892, e, p. 130.

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deep glass ring is placed on a broad glass slide and a drop of previously sterilised olive oil allowed to run in, or melted paraffin may be run in, in the same way while the slide and ring are hot; this cements the ring to the slide, while a cover-slip placed on the ring like a roof supports the hanging drop. Or a chamber may be made as described and figured by Marshall Ward, loc. cit. p. 131, which is especially useful where it is desired to control the nature of the atmosphere to which the drop is exposed.

Everything being sterilised and the cell ready, take a clean cover-slip, heat it between two sheets of talc over a flame, and allow it to cool. Then, with forceps, place the cover-slip on any convenient support, and with a platinum needle place a drop on the centre. The drop is got thus:—

Infect a tube (gelatine or fluid medium) with a drop of water containing spores, and shake thoroughly. Hold a platinum needle in a flame, and let it cool; dips it into the infected medium and place the drop on the cover-slip. Then rapidly invert the latter, and cement it to the cell with gelatine, or with oil, or paraffin.

The drop should contain one spore, and trials have to be made to insure this. In gelatine media, the student can work with two to five spores if well isolated.

All the foregoing experiments can be repeated with drop-cultures.

(84) Germination.

Place a culture containing one spore in focus under the microscope. Record the temperature, and fix the spore

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under the eye-piece micrometer, and cover the whole with a darkened bell-jar. Examine the preparation from time to time, and note the stages of germination. Measure the germinal filaments, mycelial branches &c, and plot out the rate of growth on sectional paper.

(85) Drosera: digestion of white of egg\

Drosera may be grown in wet moss in soup-plates : the moss should be running with water which may advantageously be changed every few days. Drosera cannot be successfully cultivated in large towns. For the experiments fresh young leaves having good drops of secretion on their tentacles should be selected. From the white of a hard-boiled egg cut cubes of which the side measures about a millimeter in length: place two of such cubes on each of several leaves, and at the same time put other cubes on the wet moss to serve as a control. They should be examined in 24 hours and again after a farther interval of 24 hours. It will be seen that the egg on the Drosera shows a distinct rounding at the angles of the cubes, which are afterwards converted into spheres surrounded by zones of transparent fluid. Still later the spheres generally disappear and nothing but a small quantity of viscid fluid is left.

(86) Drosera: benefit derived by feeding2.

The plants are, as in exp. 85, to be grown in soup-plates, each of which holds from 20 to 30 plants. Each

1 C. Darwin, Insectivorous Plants, p. 93.

2 P. Darwin, Linnean Society's Journal, Vol. xvu. For references to other similiar experiments Bee Insectivorous Plants, 2nd Edit. 1888, p. 15.

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plate must be divided in two by a thin wooden partition, this serves to mark off those plants which are to be fed from those which are to receive no food. Roast meat is cut across the grain into thin slices and the fibre teazed and cut into fragments so small that 15 together weigh 2 centigrams. A given leaf should not receive more than two of these particles at a time; they may be placed on the glands of separate tentacles : the feeding may be repeated every four or five days. The plants should be grown under wooden frames covered with fine netting (mesh To mm.) to exclude insects. The fed plants soon begin to look clearly greener and more vigorous than the unfed ones. To get a good result the experiment should be begun in May or June and continued to the middle of August. The number and height of the flower scapes, the number and weight of capsules, the number of seeds per capsule, &c. should be compared. Or the plants may be carefully washed and dissected out of the moss and the dry weight per plant of the fed and starved specimens compared.

Section 0. Roots.

(87) De Saussure's experiment1.

When plants are placed in solutions of various salts they do not, except under certain conditions, absorb the water and salt in the same proportion. De Saussure, using solutions that were not very dilute, found that the plant absorbed relatively less salt than might have been

1 De Saussure, Recherches chimiques, 1804, p. 247.

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expected. This condition of things is sometimes spoken of as absorption according to De Saussure's law, and although it is well known to be only a special case, the fact itself is worth confirming. In our experiments we proceeded as follows.

A bunch of rooted water-cresses {Nasturtium officinale) was taken up, washed and placed in distilled water for three days to allow the roots to recover from their injuries. They were then placed in a beaker containing 700 c.c. of a solution made by dissolving 1 part of potassium chloride in 1000 parts of water. They were left in the fluid for 8 days, by which time only 260 c.c. of solution were left in the beaker. This was analysed volumetrically, by titrating with decinormal silver nitrate, using potassium chromate as indicator. If the salt and the water had been absorbed in the same proportion the remaining solution should have still contained 01 p.c, i.e. 0'26 grams; in other words, the plant should have absorbed 0"44 grams. It was found however that less than this had been taken up, and that f, i.e. 0"5 grams, of the original potassium chloride instead of 0-26 grams were still present. Other salts give various different coefficients for this same strength of solution. If sufficiently dilute solutions be made use of, it has been found that, in contrast, relatively more salt than water is absorbed and the remaining portion of the liquid contains less than the due proportion of the original salt.

(88) Root pressure.

Root pressure can be easily observed in young plants of

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Phaseolus. An india-rubber tube T (Fig. IS) is tied on the cut stump, S, of the plant and is filled with water: a capillary glass tube 0 is tied into the tube, leaving about six centimeters of rubber tube full of water between the stump and the bottom of the glass tube. The glass tube is now fixed in a clip and after a time drops of water fall from the end E. To get an idea of the rate of flow it is only necessary to gently pinch the rubber tube so as to press the fluid out, and to absorb it with filter-paper held

Fig. 13. Exp. 88.

at E.1 When the rubber tube is released and therefore allowed to expand, a column of air is drawn into the tube

1 Fuchsia is a good plant: according to Chamberlain Brassica oleracea and Senecio mikanoides are good. It is well to remember that the plant generally begins by absorbing instead of excreting water.

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and serves as an index of the rate of flow as it travels up the tube, which should be graduated.

By watering the earth with warm water a greatly accelerated rate of flow is obtained, but whether it is due to increased root pressure or to the expansion of air in the tissues is not easy to say.

(89) Root pressure.

To demonstrate the force of root pressure a striking method is that used by Mr Gardiner in his lectures. He uses a plant of Sparmannia africana growing in a large pot. The stump is attached by rubber tubing to a poto-meter tube1 filled with a solution of nigrosin in water; to one arm of the potometer a vertical glass tube, a few mm. in diameter and several feet in length, is attached; the other arm of the potometer is closed with a cork. The nigrosin seems to have no bad effect on the plant and makes the rising column of fluid easily visible. If the tube is supported against a wall it can be elongated by fresh lengths of glass tubing and thus a column of 8 or 10 feet can easily be shown.

(89 a) Moot pressure.

The classical method of observing root pressure is that described and figured by Sachs in his Physiologie (Fr. Trans.), p. 223, of which the following (Fig. 14) is a modification. A T tube (T) having one arm B bent so as to be parallel to the two others, is tied into a piece of

1 The arrangement is similar to that figured in Sachs' Vorhsungen, p. 328, fig. 211.

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pressure tube which is also tied to the plant1. The arm B passes through a rubber cork firmly tied into a wide-

Fig. 14. Exp. 89 A.

mouthed (stoppered) bottle, in the bottom of which is half an inch of mercury, Hg: the tube M, which serves for manometer readings, fits tightly into a hole in the cork and reaches the bottom of the bottle. Water W is now poured in at C so that the bottle and the arm T are filled, and C is closed with a clamp. H. S. Chamberlain's book, La Seve Ascendante (Neuchatel, 1897), contains descriptions of new apparatus for observing root-pressure. See also his curious observations on the effects, on root-force, of increased and diminished pressure.

(90) Moll's Experiment.

A^arious kinds of plants,- when placed under a bell-jar standing in dishes of water, will give evidence of root

1 The two ligatures at T are placed closer together than aa represented in fig. 14.

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pressure by the drops of water exuding from the leaves. Boot pressure may as Moll has shown1 be replaced by that of a column of mercury. The branch or leaf-stalk, as the case may be, is fixed air-tight into the short arm of a U tube filled with water, and mercury is then poured into the long arm until about 20 cm. pressure is obtained. The whole is then covered with a bell-jar standing in water, and after a time drops of fluid are found hanging to the leaves. We found that with 25 cm. of mercury the drops appear very rapidly on the leaves of the Balsam (Impatiens balsamina). Moll also recommends Begonia and Phaseolus: in the last named the fluid is, as Moll says, found on the lower surface of the leaf.

(91) Absorption by means of dead roots.

Several observers2 have shown that transpiring plants can absorb water from the soil even after the roots are dead. We have confirmed the fact on pot-plants of Helianthus tuberosus. A thermometer having been forced into the earth, the flowerpot is immersed in water so hot that the soil is kept at a temperature of 60°—65° C. for two hours. In spite of this violent treatment the leaves remain turgescent for several days, wThereas control-plants, shaken out of their pots and freed from soil, rapidly wither.

1 Bot. Zeitung, 1880, p. 49. References are given to Sachs' Lehrbuch, 1874, p. 660, and de Bary, Bot. Zeitung, 1869, p. 883, for similar results.

2 Strasburger, Leitungsbahnen, 1891, p. 849, where references to earlier experiments are given.

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Section A. Absorption of water by transpiring plants. Section B. Loss of weight due to transpiration. Section 0. Stomata, Bloom, Lenticels.

Section A. Absorption.

(92) Potometer1.

In the first series of experiments (Section A) the rate of absorption of water by transpiring plants under varying circumstances is to be observed. This may be done with the potometer shown in fig. 15. Of the three openings of the potometer, A and B are closed by rubber corks; that in B is perforated by a capillary tube of about 03 mm. bore : the tube should just project beyond the cork on the inside and should have a total length of about 20 cm. The end A is closed by an unperforated cork, while to G is fitted about 8 cm. of rubber tubing, of which 4 cm. project beyond the end of the tube. The cork B should first be fitted in, then fill the potometer with water and

1 F. Darwin and E. Phillips, Cambridge Philosoph. Society, Vol. v. 1836.

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Fig. 15. Exp. 92.

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force the branch1 into the rubber tube C, as far as it will go. The joint between the rubber tube and the branch must be secured by tying; for this it is best to use strong uncovered elastic thread, which must be stretched while it is being wrapped round the tube, and can be secured by a simple tie, a complete knot being unnecessary. The rubber tube may be secured to the glass tube with wire. Turn the potometer upside down so that any air in G may rise and collect at A, and before corking A, fill it to the brim with water. Support the potometer on a firm retort-stand and fix the plant to the same stand to avoid any possible movement between the plant and the instrument. The end of the capillary tube dips into a small vessel of water W supported on two blocks, of which the upper one is small enough to be conveniently seized in one hand, and of such a height that when it is removed the capillaiy tube no longer dips in the water. When this is done, (if the plant is absorbing vigorously) a column of air will be sucked2 in at the lower end of the

1 If herbaceous plants, or woody plants with delicate leaves, are used for transpiration experiments it is necessary to cut them from the parent plant under water, to prevent the entrance of air, which rushes in to satisfy the negative pressure. It is generally possible to force a branch below the water in a basin held by an assistant, and divide it with a strong pair of gardeners' shears. In the case of herbaceous plants the process is made easier if a couple of sharp bends are made in the stem, a proceeding which need not admit air, and has no effect in the transpiration current in the plant. For all research-work connected with the transmission of water the specimens should be thus treated, but for the following experiments, in which laurel or Portugal laurel (Prunus lauro-cemsus and lusitanica) are used, cutting under water is not necessary.

2 To hasten the entrance of the air column, it is best to absorb, with a piece of filter-paper, the water hanging at the end of the tube.

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tube. As soon as this appears the small block is replaced, the tube once more dips into the water, and a bubble of air included in it travels up, and serves as an index of the rate of absorption. The bubble must be of uniform size in successive readings, because other things being equal a long and short bubble travel at different rates. To insure this, mark the tube with a file at 5 or 6 mm. from its end, and replace the vessel W when the air column has reached the file-mark. The movement of the air-bubble is timed from a mark on the tube: the upper limit of its course is the upper end of the capillary tube, the moment of its impinging against the water in the potometer at B being easily visible. It is for this reason that the tube projects above the cork, for otherwise a convenient place of ending for the course of the bubble would not be visible. The starting point of the course should be at least 4 cm. above the file-mark, so that the bubble may settle down to a uniform pace before the course begins; and because time is needed for the observer to put down the block and the small vessel of water, and take up the stop-watch.

In this way numerous readings can be taken in a short time; the air admitted collects at A, and can be removed after a time; it is obvious if the branch were placed in A and the cork in G, that the admitted air might diminish the surface of contact between the water and the absorbing surface of the branch.

It is well to make graphic representations of one or more of the following experiments, using the reciprocals of the stop-watch readings, which will be proportional to

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the rates of absorption1. The actual volume of water absorbed per unit of time may be obtained by calculation from the length and diameter of the capillary tube. Or by replacing the plant by a siphon delivering a known weight of water per hour2.

(93) Kohl's method [slightly modified].

This apparatus, like the potometer, is a modification of Sachs' instrument3. Here the index is not a bubble of air, but the column of air which travels onwards as the water is absorbed. We use a tube abc fitted up as

Fig. 16. Exp. 93.

shown in fig. 16. The end, c, as before, takes the branch br; a takes a tube connected by a rubber tube with a funnel/, and closed by a clamp; b takes a glass tube h, which is coarser than that used in exp. 92, and also

1 Beciprocals may be got from published mathematical tables.

2 See Darwin and Phillips, loc. cit.

3 Physiolugie (French Translation), p. 246.


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longer1. When no readings are being taken the bent free end of h dips into the vessel of water v; when v is removed a column of air enters and travels along h, its rate of movement being noted by timing it over intervals of 5 or 10 mm. For this purpose h may be graduated, or a millimeter scale may be set up behind it. When the column of air has nearly reached b it can be brought to the zero of the scale by opening the clip and allowing the water from the funnel/to drive it back along h.

(94) Sunshine.

Take a branch of Portugal laurel (Prunits lusitanica) which has been cut and placed in water for at least 6 hours. This precaution is necessary to satisfy the negative pressure in the branch; if this is not effected, variations in the rate of absorption will by no means represent variations in rate of transpiration. Fit up the branch in the poto-meter2 and take readings until the rate of absorption is fairly constant. Then place the plant in sunshine and observe the increased rate of absorption, and finally replace it in shade.

(95) Wind,

When the rate is once more steady, open a door and a window so that the plant is exposed to a draught. The rate of absorption may easily increase by 50 per cent.

1 The bore of the tube must be varied according to the size and absorbing power of the specimen. In the figure, h is represented shorter than it usually is.

2 Kohl's apparatus will answer for any of the experiments for which the potometer is recommended, and vice versa.

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(96) Light and darkness.

Kohl1 has succeeded in demonstrating the effect of light on transpiration by a method which in his hands gives excellent results. Variations in transpiration are estimated by changes in the amount of water absorbed as in experiment 93. To avoid the difficulty of keeping the hygrometric condition of the air constant during the alternation of light and darkness, Kohl encloses the plant in a large bell-jar resting on a ground-glass plate. The leaves and stem of the plant are within the bell while the apparatus for recording the rate of absorption is below the glass plate and free to be manipulated. By means of an aspirator a current of dry air is drawn through the bell-jar, and the plant can be darkened by a cardboard cylinder slipped over the bell-jar without affecting the hygrometric condition of the air within. Kohl's curves show that the effect follows a change from darkness to light very quickly, and that the depression in the rate of absorption produced by darkness occurs still more rapidly. Plants of Xicotiana tabacum growing with their roots in water seem to give the best results.

We have noticed a source of error in this method which seems to be of importance. If the aspirator runs too quickly it is possible to produce diminished air-pressure within the bell-jar and thus produce an increase in the rate of absorption. We found it necessary to attach a mercury manometer to the apparatus in order that this source of error may be avoided. We have not

1 Die Transpiration der Pftanzen, 1886, p. 61.

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however had much experience of the apparatus and have never thoroughly tested it.

If the suction tube from an air-pump is fitted to the bell-jar and a good sized tube1 for the admission of air is provided, it is easy to keep the air in the bell-jar dry enough to keep up a good transpiration current. This is an easier apparatus to fit up, because no air-tight joints are needed, but it is obviously faulty because the air in the bell-jar varies in dryness with the air of the laboratory. Still, from some few trials, we are inclined to think that the effect of light and darkness may be demonstrated in this way.

(97) Negative "pressure.

The object of this experiment is to prove the need of the precaution mentioned under experiment 94, viz. leaving the cut end of the branch under water for some hours before using it. Cut a branch from a Portugal laurel (Primus lusitanica), fit it at once to Kohl's apparatus, and take a series of readings. The absorption will be found to be quick at first, and then to become slower.

(98) Negative pressure*.

Fit up a laurel branch in a potometer and allow it to remain for a day or so. Having taken a series of readings take out the branch and shave a few millimeters off the cut end, which will have become dirty: the partial

1 A curved rubber tube which excludes light. 1 Spe von Hohnel, Botan. Zeitwng, 1879, p. 318.

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stoppage of the vessels, which gives the dark tint, produces a slowing of the current, and when it is removed the readings of the stop-watch show an immediate increase in rate. When the readings are fairly steady again, repeat the removal of a shaving of wood to prove that this per se has no special effect.

(99) Negative pressure.

A similar result may be got more quickly by filling the potometer with an emulsion of skim-milk diluted with three times its volume of water. The slowing of the current, and the recovery when the blocked ends of the vessels are cut off, may thus be seen within a short space of time.

(100) Negative pressure.

The fact of the existence of negative pressure may best be demonstrated by von Hohnel's method1. If a strongly transpiring stem or branch be cut under a watery solution of eosin, immediately removed and examined, the red fluid will be found to have rushed into the vessels to a considerable height. We find that " Solomon's seal" (Polygonatum multiflorwni) answers well. Or plants of Helianthus tuberosus grown in pots and left without water until they are on the point of withering. In winter, seedlings of Viciafaba pulled out of the loose sawdust in which they have grown, and allowed to lie on the table until nearly withered, show good injection.

1 Pringsheim'sJahrbucher xii. 1879, p. 47; also Botan. Zeitung, 1879, p. 297.

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(101) Permeability of cell membranes*-.

Negative pressure depends on the fact that although the walls of the xylem elements are extremely permeable to water, they present a great resistance to the passage of air—as long as they are wet. It is therefore of importance to show that wet wood does not easily allow air to pass while the same wood dried is easily permeable.

The only important point about the experiment is to make sure that air emerging under pressure from dry coniferous wood is really passing through the walls of the tracheids and not escaping from the protoxylem or from flaws and cracks in the branch. We find that the wood of Pinus sylvestris is decidedly better than that of Taxus. We use branches about a centimeter in diameter cut into bits of 2 to 4 cm. in length. The branch should be cut and brought into the laboratory without being placed in water. We have not generally used it until 2 or 3 hours have elapsed, but it is probably unnecessary to wait so long. The most effective way of blocking the vessels of the protoxylem is to gouge a small cavity at the centre of the branch, which is afterwards filled up with modelling wax melted in with a hot wire. If this is done at both ends of the bit of wood the vessels will be sufficiently closed.

Another plan is to turn cylinders of 1 cm. in diameter from the splint wood of Pinus, or of the silver fir {Abies pectinata), which Strasburger especially recommends. The wood should be placed, while fresh, in alcohol, and if the

1 von Hohnel, Pringsheiin's Jahrbiicher, xii. 1879, p. 63; Pi'efter, Physiologic, i. p. 86 ; Strasburger, Leitungsbalinen, p. 729.

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spirit is allowed to evaporate slowly, the wood (according to Strasburger1) is in a more suitable condition for experiment than if it is allowed to dry without being treated with alcohol. We have not compared the two, but the silver-fir wood dried after prolonged soaking in alcohol certainly answers well.

The three following observations must be made:

(i) Take a turned cylinder of dry wood, or a piece of Pinus sylvestris treated as above described (which answers perfectly and is more easily prepared), and attach it by a strong rubber tube to the short arm of a U tube. By pouring mercury into the long arm it will be found easy to force air through under a pressure of about 10 cm.; to make this obvious paint the upper surface of the wood with olive oil in which the escaping bubbles are visible. The surface ought to foam all round the circumference of the section. A chain of bubbles coming from a single spot suggests a faulty bit of wood.

(ii) A similar cylinder which has been thoroughly soaked in water is fitted into the U tube: the wet cell-membranes will be found to be extremely, though not absolutely, impermeable to air.

(iii) If the U tube is now filled with water it will be found that a very slight pressure of water forces water through.

(102) Oozing of water from the lower end of wood. The experience gained in experiment 101 enables us

1 Leitungsbahnen, p. 734.

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to understand the following experiment1. A piece of a yew (Taxus) branch (4 or 5 cm. in length) is placed in water until thoroughly soaked. When removed from the water and held with its axis vertical no water escapes from the lower surface (although water is contained in the tracheids) because if water is to escape air must enter, and air does not easily pass wet membranes. If however a drop of water is added (e.g. with a wet paint-brush) to the upper surface, water immediately oozes out below.

(103) Permeability of splint wood.

A modification of the experiment may be used to illustrate the fact that the water travels in the splint-wood. A piece of yew branch (5 or 6 cm.) is fitted to a rubber tube of 50 or 60 cm. in length. The tube is filled with water and closed below by a clip. If the wood is held vertically with tube hanging straight down, the upper surface of the wood, which must be cut smooth, is dry. If the closed end of the tube is raised until it js slightly above the top of the branch, the surface of the young wood is seen to blush or change colour, even before the water can be seen to actually ooze from it.

(104) Recovery of a flaccid shoot.

De Vries has shown2 that when a shoot is cut in the air it frequently withers after it has been placed in water. This has usually been explained as being due to the air rushing in under negative pressure and filling the vessels.

1 See Sachs in his Arbeiten, n. p. 296. Also Godlewsti, Pringsheim's Jahrbiicher, xv.

'' Sachs' Arbeiten, i. p. 287.

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Whatever the explanation may be, it is interesting to note that a shoot which has been rendered flaccid, by being cut in the air and allowed to partially wither, can be rapidly restored to turgescence by forcing water into its vessels under pressure1. The cut end of such a withered shoot is attached by a rubber tube to the short arm of a U tube containing water. The position of the end of the shoot, which droops flaccidly over, is noted on a vertical scale, and mercury is poured into the long arm. Under the pressure of about 10 cm. mercury, the plant recovers and the end of the shoot can be traced with the naked eye rapidly travelling up the scale.

(105) Sachs' emulsion experiment*.

To illustrate the fact that the pits of coniferous wood are closed and that the water-current must therefore filter through them, the following experiment is useful.

Prepare an emulsion of vermilion by adding a few paint-brushes full of good colour to a beaker of water, and filtering it through coarse filter-paper. Take a piece of yew 6 or 7 cm. in length and attach it by a rubber tube to the lower end of a glass tube a meter in length held vertically in a clamp. Fill the tube with emulsion and observe that colourless water drips from the lower end of the wood. After an hour or so remove the wood: note the red colour of the young wood due to injection of the cut tracheids with vermilion. Cut a shaving off the surface to show that the colour only extends to a small depth.

1 Sachs, Text-booh of Botany, Edition n. p. G83.

2 Sachs' Arbeiten, n. p. 299.

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An interesting modification of the experiment is to plunge the cut ends of transpiring branches into emulsion : in this way the distribution of the transpiration current in the cross section may be studied in various plants. Diluted skim-milk stained black with osmic acid makes a good emulsion.

(106) Injection of vessels1.

Cut two similar branches of Portugal laurel, Primus lusitanica, place one in water, the other in melted cocoa-butter (or gelatine), into which it must dip as deeply as the vessel allows. After an hour, during which the cocoa-butter is kept melted, take the branches out of the fluids, and let them lie on the table till the cocoa-butter is quite cold: cut fresh surfaces to both and place them in watery solution of eosin. After an hour or two the progress of the eosin may be compared by cutting off shavings of bark at various heights in the two branches.

(107) Compression.

To prove that the transpiration current travels in the vascular cavities, it may be shown that squeezing the tissues in a vice checks the upward stream of water2.

Cut, under water, a leafy stem of Helianthus tuberosus, and fit it to Kohl's apparatus. A plant with well-formed wood must be chosen,—young stems are too brittle. Branches of bramble (Rubus frwticosus) also serve, but are awkward to work with; in winter, last summer's shoots of

1 Elfving, Bot. Zeitung, 1882; Scheit, Bot. Zeitung, 1884; Errera, Soc. R. de Bot. de Belgique, Vol. xxv. Part n. 1886.

2 F. Darwin and D. Phillips, Cambridge Philosoph. Soc. 1886.

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ivy (Hedera helix) answer fairly well. Do not attempt to compress the whole stem but cut away half of it before applying the vice. The exposed surface may for greater security be rubbed with lard to prevent air leaking into the vessels exposed; in any case the part selected for compression must be as far as convenient from the cut end, so as to avoid the chance of air being sucked back into the apparatus. The vice should be a light one, e.g. a watchmaker's vice, so that it may support itself when it is screwed on to the stem.

When the rate of absorption is steady, compression may be applied: it will be found necessary to screw the vice with great force so that the compressed tissues are squeezed to a mere plate. If the compression has been continued for some time, and the vice is then unscrewed, it will be noted that the absorption is very rapid and that it soon slows down. This shows that negative pressure rises during compression and falls when water is allowed freely to enter the vessels.

(108) Incisions.

In some trees it is obvious that the amount of wood

in the transverse section is far greater than is absolutely

needed to carry the transpiration current. Fit a branch

of yew1 (Taxus) to the potometer, and take a few readings,

then saw it half through and read again. The rate of

absorption will be unaltered, and the branch may indeed

be almost severed before the rate of absorption is seriously

1 In the case of yew it is better to remove the bark (at any rate in the spring) because it is easily detached from the wood, and this makes it difficult to slip on the rubber tube,

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depressed. The branch must be firmly supported in two places and the incision made between them, otherwise the weight of the branch will break the thin bridge of wood which is ultimately left.

When a slowing of the current has been clearly produced, divide the bridge1 and compare its area with that of the rest of the splint wood of the branch.

(109) Gross-cuts'1.

Take a branch of Primus lusitanica or of laurocerasus which has stood some hours in water; fit it up in the potometer and, as in experiment 108, support the branch in two places, so that it may not break when incisions are made. Having taken a few readings, saw the branch half through at a spot between the two supported points, and 10—15 cm. from the cut end. To see clearly how far the saw-cut penetrates, and on which side of the branch it lies, it is advisable to push a square piece of cardboard (for instance a post-card) into the cut. This serves as a guide in making the next cut, which must be exactly opposite incision (i), and 2 cm. above it. It must be slightly deeper than incision (i), so as to overlap it; it is easy to make sure of this if a second card is placed in the second incision: the edges of the cards should be parallel and should slightly overlap each other. The points to note are that cut (ii) depresses the rate of absorption very much more than cut (i), and that after the fall, a rise in absorption-rate comes on.

1 The bridge should be cut with a knife, the smooth surface so produced makes the area of the bridge easily perceptible.

2 Dufour, Sachs' Arbeiten, in.; also ¥. Darwin and R. Phillips, loo. cit.

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(110) Course shown by eosin solution1.

Remove from the potometer the branch used in experiment 109, and place the cut end, for one or two hours, in strong watery solution of eosin, taking off the bark of the part in which the saw-cuts were made, leaving, however, 4 or 5 cm. at the base unpeeled. The course of the fluid as it passes up the stem is now traced by the eosin, the manner in which the colour spreads at the doubly-cut region being of course the chief point to be noticed. The reason for leaving the bark on the terminal 4 cm. (which is not an essential precaution) is simply to ensure that any superficial rise of fluid shall take place on the bark instead of on the wood.

(111) Air-pump.

Cut a branch of Portugal laurel (Prumis lusitanica) of the same size as that used in experiment 109, and select one having a part of about 25 cm. in length bare of side branches; leave it in water for some hours, then cut off the 25 cm. and attach one end of it to a potometer, and the other to a water air-pump. When the air-pump is in action water will be sucked through the branch out of the potometer and readings can be taken with a stop-watch. Adjust the suction of the pump so that the readings of the potometer are roughly the same as those obtained in experiment 109. Now make the two overlapping saw-cuts as explained under experiment 109 and note the result. The point of interest is that here there is no recovery after the depression in rate of absorption, because there is

J See the figures iu Strasburger's Leitungsbahnen, p. 601.

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nothing corresponding to the increased negative pressure due to continued transpiration in experiment 109.

(112) Strasburger's air-pump experiment1.

The last experiment depends on a current of water being drawn through wood by diminished air pressure. In the following experiment the current moves in opposition to negative pressure.

Cut a sound branch of yew (Taxus), peel the lower 8 or 10 cm. and place it in water for about 12 hours; cut a clean surface and fix it tightly in a perforated rubber cork fitted into a bottle with a ground mouth. The cork is also perforated for a tube connected with an air-pump. The tube must only just project below the cork, while the yew branch must be thrust through far enough to dip well below the eosin solution, which should not more than half fill the bottle. When the air-pump is set in action, it is obvious that its tendency is to suck out the contents of the tracheids at the cut end, and as a fact air-bubbles are seen to issue at that point. Nevertheless, in spite of this the eosin rises in the branch. Leave the pump running for 6 or 7 hours, when the branch should be sawn off above the cork, without stopping the pump, so as to avoid injection of the wood with eosin. Readings of the barometer should be taken in the course of the experiment and compared with the readings of the pump-manometer2.

1 Leitungsbalmcn, p. 795. A similar experiment is given by Janse Priitgsheim's Jahrb. 1887.

2 We have only used a negative pressure of 50 cm., but Strasburger used 72 em.

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Section B. Loss of Water by Transpiration.

(113) Loss of weight.

To get a general idea of the amount of loss due to transpiration it is well to take a series of weighings of a plant growing in a flower-pot. Select a plant1 with a large leaf-surface, in a small V flower-pot, so that it may not be too heavy \ for the balance2. In order to confine the

loss by evaporation to the plant, the sur- >--------

face of the earth must be covered with a divided disc of sheet-cork painted over with wax-mixture. The pot is wrapped in sheet india-rubber, which may be held in its place as shown in fig. 17; the glass vessel c grips the rubber sheet, and also serves to prevent evaporation from the bottom of the pot. Since it may be necessary to water the plant during the course of the experiment, a corked tube must be fitted into a hole in the cork plate.

(114) Transpiration compared with evaporation of a

surface of water.

To estimate the transpiration from a given leaf-surface it will be necessary to take a plant small enough to be placed on a more delicate balance. Detmer recom-

1 Helianthus tuberosus or Chrysanthemum.

2 We use a French druggist's balance capable of carrying i or 5 kilograms, and of turning with 0'5 gram when loaded with 1000 grams in each pan; it is a useful form of balance for the purpose in question. The beam, etc. being below in the box, and the pans therefore free to take a tall plant.

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mends a Phaseolus grown in a glass vessel having a ground edge so that it can be covered by a divided glass plate.

We have found it a simple plan to make use of Lambert and Butler's J lb. tobacco tins. A small plant such as a Pelargonium can be knocked out of its pot and transplanted to one of these tins. Owing to the stopper-like arrangement by which the tins are closed, it is easy to replace the tin lid by a split cork through which the stem and a watering-tube pass.

Ascertain the loss by transpiration in say 12 hours, and at the same time ascertain the loss of weight from a shallow dish of water of known area.

Now calculate the transpiring area of the plant and compare its loss of weight per unit of area with that of the water.

If a planimeter is not available the area may be calculated by tracing the form of a leaf on stout paper, cutting it out and comparing its weight with that of a piece of known area. If the plant has leaves of various sizes, the leaves are classified into two or three sizes, and the area of one of each heap is taken. If the amount of stem or branches is considerable an estimate should be made of the area of these, and the amount added to the area of the leaves.

(115) Loss of weight compared with absorption.

To demonstrate that the loss of weight is roughly equal to the amount of water absorbed by a cut branch, select a branch of Portugal laurel (Prunus lusitanicd) which has no young growing shoots, or remove any that

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may be present. Let it remain in water for 24 hours, cut a fresh surface and fit it in a bottle arranged as in fig. 18. The branch B fits a tube which pierces the cork and

Fig. 18. Exp. 115.

should dip well into the water in the bottle1. Through another hole in the cork a tube T graduated into -^ c.c. and holding about 20 c.c. is passed: this serves to record the amount of water absorbed by B: the opening of T must be closed with a plug of cotton-wool to allow air to enter, and yet to check evaporation from T. In one experiment we found that a branch of laurel with 30 leaves

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weighed, with the bottle of water, 287 grams: by using one of Becker's balances without a glass case, and having a beam supported 40 cm. above the table of the balance, it was possible to place the bottle on the pan and arrange the leaves and branches so as to be clear of the scale-pan knife-edges.

Weighings and readings should be taken at hourly intervals. The burette ought to be read to 001 c.c, if the weight is recorded to 001 gram. It is instructive to repeat the experiment with a freshly cut branch in which the negative pressure is not satisfied. It will be seen that the absorption is much greater than the loss by weight, it may, for instance, be three times as great. After taking a few hourly readings the apparatus should be left to itself for 12 hours when equality between gain and loss should be fairly established.

(116) Spring Balance.

We have found the following arrangement, fig. 19, useful for demonstrating the loss of weight due to transpiration, and it is probable that it may prove to be useful for research purposes under certain conditions. A cut branch in a test-tube of water T is suspended by a wire to a spiral spring S. At P the wire passes through a small hole in a metal plate: at / a fine spun glass filament is fastened horizontally to the wire. As T loses weight the index rises and its movement is recorded by means of a horizontal microscope. With the low power of our microscope one degree of the ocular micrometer equals 00-M mm.: the following readings (expressed in gradua-

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tions of the micrometer) were obtained by adding a

Fig. 19. Exp. 116.

decigram at a time to a scale-pan suspended to the spring,

7-5°, 7-5°, 7-3°, 7-2°, 7-0°, 7-5°, 7-2°, 7-3°, 7'5°, average 7-3°. When the whole weight was put on at once the index moved through 66° of the micrometer, giving 7"3° as the calculated value of O'l gram1.

When a transpiring plant is suspended the loss of weight may be read every 5 minutes with less disturbance to the plant and with less labour to the observer than with a balance.

1 The springs we use are made by Salter of Birmingham : they are about 5 cm. in length, when unstretehed.

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Section C. Stomata. Bloom. Lenticels.

(117) Stomatal transpiration1.

Cut a pair of similar well-grown leaves of Ficus elaslica, and when the bleeding of latex from the cut ends has practically ceased slip about an inch of tightly fitting rubber tubing over the leaf stalk, leaving J inch of tube projecting; then fold the free end down and wire it tightly to the tube-covered stalk. In this way evaporation from the cut end of the stalk is prevented: the wire ties will also serve to hang up the leaves. Having weighed them, hang them up close together in a dry room for 2 or 3 hours, when they must be again weighed. These weighings give the ratio between the normal transpiration of the two leaves. Now smear the lower surface of A and the upper surface of B with vaseline, which should be carefully rubbed on with a finger. Weigh the specimens and leave them for 24 hours. It will be found that B loses in weight something like 10 times as much as A. In one experiment made in winter the leaf whose stomata were closed remained green and fairly fresh for a fortnight, while those with an ungreased lower surface were brown and withered.

(118) Stomatal transpiration observed with the horn-


For demonstration purposes the well-known results of Garreau1 may be shown with the hygroscope described in the 1st edition of this book, 1894, p. 94. Instead of employing the awn of Stipa as an index of transpiration, we now use the horn plates described in

1 Garrean, Ann. Sc. Nat. 1850.

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the Phil. Trans, for 18981. The horn-hygroscope is shown

in fig. 20, where c is a block of cork on the lower surface

of which is cemented a strip cut from a

shaving of pressed horn, T, which carries

at its free end a bristle, b, to serve as

an index: a cardboard quadrant G is

cemented to the vertical face of the

Fig. 20. Exp. 118.

cork block and is graduated as shown. If the hygroscope is placed on a dry surface the index remains at zero, but if on a surface from which water vapour is coming off, e.g. the stomatal side of a leaf, the tongue of horn at once curves away from the source of moisture so that the index travels over the graduations.

The only difficulty connected with the hygroscope is the preparation of the horn. The thinnest possible shavings, cut across the grain by means of a lathe, from pressed and heated horn, are needed. From these we select the best pieces which are wetted with distilled water and spread out flat between two glass plates clamped together. The horn is thus kept flat while it is cautiously heated over a gas flame2. When horn cannot be obtained, the material (gelatine ?) from which hygroscopic toys, in the shape of fishes, etc., are made, may be used: but it is not nearly so durable as horn.

In using the instrument it is advisable only to leave it on the leaf for a few seconds at a time, otherwise the

1 Francis Darwin, ' Observations on Stomata,' Phil. Trans. B 165, 1898.

2 The Scientific Instrument Company, Cambridge, usually has a stock of suitable horn.

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horn acquires a permanent curvature. In reading the instrument it is best to note the position of the index after a fixed interval, say 10", or fairly good readings may be taken by waiting until the index comes to approximate rest. To make an observation the leaf should be fixed, stomatal side upwards, on a horizontal support by means of small metal weights.

With the instrument the experiments 118 B and 118 C may be performed; in 118b a preliminary opening of the stomata may often be observed to occur at the moment of severing the leaf from the plant. The closure of the stomata in artificial darkness or as evening comes on may be easily seen.

(118 bis). The temperature of leaves in relation to transpiration1.

Cut a Tropceolum leaf (W) and wrap it round the bulb of a thermometer graduated in ^° G. and secure it with a ligature; then do the same with a Tropteolum leaf (F) still attached to the plant. As soon as leaf W has had time to wither, its thermometer will give a higher reading than that of F. In sunshine the difference may be 4° G. If the stomata of F are made to close, e.g. by means of darkness, the temperatures of F and W become practically identical. (118 a) Stahl's cobalt method2.

It is well known that paper impregnated with a solution of a cobalt salt, e.g. cobalt chloride, changes from blue to red when it is placed in damp air and reassumes the blue colour when dried. Stahl has been able by taking ad-

1 Francis Darwin, Phil. Trans., 165 B 1898, p. 583.

2 Stahl, Botan. Zeitung, 1894, p. 117.

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vantage of this fact to demonstrate a number of points in the physiology of the stomata. The sensitiveness of the cobalt paper depends on the strength of the solution employed, for delicate reactions Stahl recommends 1 p.c.; for the following we employ a 5 p.c. solution.

Strips of cobalt paper are placed on each side of a hypostomatal leaf1 and are covered by glass plates which should project beyond the edges of the paper. Stahl uses in some cases sheets of talc as being less heavy and therefore more easily fixed in place than glass plates. The glass or talc plates being gently clamped at the edges the papers are confined in spaces in which the dryness of the air will depend on the transpiration of the two surfaces of the leaf. The paper on the lower surface reddens rapidly, while that on the upper side remains blue.

A simple plan is to take a pair of similar leaves, placing one, A, with the stomata upwards, the other, B, in the reverse position on a dry folded cloth; after covering them with a strip of cobalt paper, place a sheet of glass over them which makes a good contact with the yielding cloth. After observing the rapid reddening of the paper over A, the experiment should be repeated, reversing the leaves, so that B has now its stomata upwards.

To demonstrate the small amount of transpiration from the upper surface of hypostomatal leaves we make use of Stahl's method, viz. cementing to the leaf surface the glass plates covering the cobalt papers. We use small glass plates about 2"5 cm. x 3"5 cm. made by cutting ordinary microscopic slides in half and attach them by

1 That is with the stomata only on the lower surface; Stahl recommends Tradescantia zebrina, Pyrus communis, Populus nigra, &c.

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running in melted wax-mixture at the point of junction of glass and leaf. Ivy leaves treated in this way give striking results in winter, the paper on the upper side remaining blue for as long as 24 hours.

(118 b) Closure of stomata in half-withered leaves.

For this experiment Stahl1 recommends Tropwolum majvs and Chelidonium majus, and we have found Impa-tiens noli-me-tangere useful. One out of a pair of similar leaves of Impatiens is gathered and allowed to lie on the table; as soon as it shows obvious flaccidity the fresh leaf is gathered and the two are placed lower side upmost on a soft dry folded cloth, covered with dry cobalt paper and then with a glass plate about 10 cm. x 10 cm. The cloth yields slightly and allows close contact between the surfaces of cloth, leaf, paper and glass without danger of injuring the leaf. The paper over the withered leaf remains blue after the fresh leaf has reddened the other piece of paper.

(118 c) Closure of stomata by treatment with salt solution. Stahl2 has shown that young plants of Acer pseudo-platanus, seedlings of Tropwolum majus, Phaseolus multi-florus and Zea mais grown in pots and watered with \ p.c. NaCl solution exhibit closure of stomata after a few days' culture. Leaves taken from the experimental plants are subject to the cobalt test with similar leaves from plants which have not been watered with salt solution. He describes the stomatal surface of the experimental leaves as not reddening the paper for a long time, whereas the control leaves behaved normally.

1 loc. cit. p. 120. 3 loc. cit. p. 134.

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We have only made the experiment in winter, when we found that the leaves on branches of Prunits lusitanica which had been in 0'5 p.c. NaCl for 8 days, had distinctly less power of reddening cobalt paper placed on their lower surfaces than had the leaves of the control branches.

(119) Stomata: connection with intercellular spaces1.

For this experiment the choice of a suitable leaf is important. The following answer well: Arum macu-latum, Ranunculus ficaria, Eranthis hiemalis, Caltha palustris, Primula sinensis, Limnanthemum, sp.

The leaf stalk is fixed air-tight in a rubber cork which fits a bottle filled with water. The leaf can be fixed by piercing the cork with a hole too small for the stalk, and dividing the cork longitudinally down one side till the hole is laid open. Or an undivided hole may be used if made air-tight with wax-mixture. Through a second hole in the cork passes a glass tube (it must not dip into the water) connected with the air-pump. When the pump is set in action a stream of bubbles emerges from the cut end of the stalk, which is below the surface of the water. The reverse experiment may also be made by placing the lamina in the water and the cut end in the air.

(120) Injection with water.

Many leaves, e.g. Ranunculus ficaria, Eranthis hiemalis, Arum maculatum, Galtha palustris, Limnanthemum, Hydrocharis, can be injected by sucking the stalk

1 See the figures in Pfeffer's Physiologie, Vol. i. p. 96.

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with the mouth while the lamina is in water. Or the air-pump may be applied. It is easy to ascertain the pressure necessary for injection by the following arrangement.

The leaf is attached to one arm of a T tube: by means of the second arm suction is applied, and the third ends in a bent tube dipping into mercury. If the junction between the stalk and the T tube is not quite air-tight it is of no consequence, since the leak affects the leaf and the manometer equally. A good air-tight junction may however be made by Devaux's method1 of melting the leaf stalk into a funnel with gelatine G as shown in fig. 21. Fl°- 21- ExP-12°-

(121) Frost effects.

The injection of the intercellular spaces with water can be observed on the frozen leaves of certain evergreens. In a hard frost the leaves of the ivy (Hedera) have a semi-transparent, dark green appearance, like, but not so dark as, the colour of a water-logged leaf. If the leaf is pinched between the finger and thumb the normal light green colour returns to the under-surface: the same effect may be produced by dipping a corner of the leaf in lukewarm water. If however the whole leaf including the cut stalk is thawed under water, it does not become light

1 Ann. Sc. Nat. 1889.

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green, but assumes the very dark tint of an injected leaf. In the first case thawing produces injection with air, in the second with water. The explanation given by Moll1 is that the cells of the mesophyll, in freezing, give up water to the intercellular spaces, and that when they are thawed the cells absorb the melted ice from the intercellular spaces, which then fill up with air or water as the case may be.

(122) Blocking of stomata by water2.

One arm of a bent glass tube is gently pushed into the cavity of an onion {Allium cepa) leaf and is there firmly secured by a ligature of soft cotton or worsted. The other end of the tube is held in the mouth, and the leaf is immersed in water: by blowing gently, bubbles are forced out of the stomata on the external surface. Now clean the bloom from a zone of the leaf, which may be done by gently rubbing it with a plug of cotton-wool dipped in warm water.

On again immersing the leaf and blowing, it will be seen that the air does not come out of the cleaned zone, which is now thoroughly wetted owing to the removal of the bloom.

When onions are not available the flower stalk of Narcissus answers well. A rubber tube can be slipped over the cut end, and the stalk plunged upside down, flower and all, into a jar of water. The stalk should not be cut too near the ground but where it begins to be hollow.

1 Archives Nierlandaises, Vol. xv.

2 Sachs' Physiologie, French Trans., p. 280.

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(123) The effect of water on stomata1.

The majority of stomata close when surface-sections of the leaf are placed in water. Some leaves however behave in the reverse way: of these the most easily accessible are those which form the floating rosettes of. Callitriche. If the tissue of the lower surface of the leaf is gently scraped away with a needle, and the leaf is mounted in water with the upper surface upmost the stomata are visible; they can be made to close by irrigation with 2'5 p.c. NaCl solution, and again to open by replacing the salt solution with water.

(124) Electric effect'.

Strips from the under-surface of the leaf of Ranunculus ficaria are mounted dry under a cover-glass, on a slide bearing a pair of microscopic electrodes. On passing the induced current the stomata close. A current, slightly stronger than that bearable on the tongue, is necessary. The closure of the stomata may also be observed with the horn-hygroscopes.

(125) Lenticels*.

The fact that lenticels communicate with intercellular spaces may be conveniently studied in connection with the parallel results obtained with stomata. Fit a woody dicotyledonous branch (dog-wood, Gornus sanguinea, does well) to the short arm of a U tube by means of firmly wired

1 For this and other points see Mohl, Botan. Zeitung, 1856; Leitgeb, Mittheihtngen Bot. Institut Graz, 188G.

2 N. J. C.Miiller, Prinysheim's Jahrb. viii.

s Francis Darwin, Phil. Trans. B. 1898, p. 567. 4 Stahl, Botan. Zeitung, 1873, p. 613; the author recommends Gingko biloba, Sambucus nigra and Lonicera tatarica.

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india-rubber tube. The vessels and intercellular spaces at the upper (free) end of the stick are to be secured by an india-rubber tube wired on and closed by being folded down parallel to the branch and again wired. The U tube is placed in a jar of water so that the stick is immersed, and mercury is poured into the long arm: after a varying time air is seen to issue in fine streams from the lenticels,—that is if they are open. Fifteen or 20 cm. of mercury give sufficient pressure.

(126) Bloom.

The character of the leaf-surface has an effect on transpiration, as may be shown in the following way1. Bring into the laboratory a pot of Kleinia or Cotyledon, or some other succulent plant with a good bloom. It is best to bring the pot into the laboratory because if the leaves are cut before they are wanted they are likely to get rubbed. Cut off two similar leaves (or two similar twigs) and pierce each specimen with a piece of thin copper wire to serve as a hook by which to hang it up. Paint the cut surfaces with lard: weigh the specimens, hang them in a dry room for 12 or 24 hours, and weigh them again. This will give the normal transpiration of the two specimens. Now remove the bloom from one specimen by delicate sponging with water at about 35° 0. When it is dry weigh both again, and once more expose them to the dry air of the laboratory for 12 or 24 hours. The cleaned specimen should now transpire relatively more than the other.

1 See Garreau, Ann. Sc. Nat. S. 3, T. xni., p. 339.

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Section A. Imbibition, Hygroscopic movement, Polariscope, Osmosis.

Section B. Turgor.

Section C. Tensions of tissues.

Section A.

(127) Laminaria,1 microscopic observation.

The thallus of Laminaria is useful for the demonstration of some of the simpler phenomena of imbibition, the increase in size which takes place when the dry tissue is placed in water being very great.

Cut transverse sections of the dry stalk of Laminaria, mount them in alcohol, and irrigate them with water, while under the microscope, by placing a drop of water on one side of the cover-glass and a strip of filter-paper on the other. Observe that the cell-walls increase enormously in thickness.

1 Laminaria has been much used for experiments on imbibition, e.g. by Sachs in his Arbeiten, n. p. 305, and by Reinke in Hanstein's Botan. Abhand. iv. 1879.

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(128) Increase of size not uniform in direction.

Cut a rectangular piece out of the thallus of Laminaria, choosing a part free from wrinkles; let it be slightly oblong so that the longitudinal axis of the thallus may be distinguishable. Measure the length and breadth with a millimeter scale and mark, by means of a pin-hole in the corner, the two edges along which the measurements were taken. Place it in water and measure it again in a quarter of an hour. It will be found to have increased far more in the transverse than in the longitudinal direction.

(129) Effect of temperature1.

Weigh, to 0-l gram, about 30 grams of air-dried peas : place them in water at about 26° C, and let them remain at that temperature for 2 hours. Dry them first with a soft cloth, then with filter-paper, and weigh them again. Place at the same time a similar weight of peas in water at 10°—14° 0. and compare the gain in weight in the two cases. The peas, which have been in warm water, will have absorbed from two to two and a-half times as much water as the second lot2.

(130) Salt solution.

Weigh about 30 grams of peas, taking care to use the same material as that employed in experiment 129 ; place them in 10 per cent. NaCl solution, which must be kept at the same temperature as the cool water in experiment

1 See Eeinke in Hanstein's Botan. Abhand. iv.

2 According to Nobbe (Handbuch der Samenkunde, 1876, p. 230) the effect of temperature is not very apparent when peas are soaked for longer periods.

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129. After 2 hours dry and weigh them. The peas will be found to have increased in weight, but much less than the control material in experiment 129.

(131) Stipa pennata.

The awn of Stipa pennata is, as previously explained1,

extremely hygroscopic, untwisting when wetted, and

twisting again when dried. To observe its movements it


Fig. 22. Exp. 131.

must be fitted up as shown in fig. 22. The awn $ is lashed with fine wire to a straight wire above, and below to a hooked wire W: the latter, W, is fixed into the cork C, which is attached underneath the stout paper or cardboard P: in the middle of P is a hole through which the straight wire passes, bearing at right angles the index

1 Exp. 118, p. 102.

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I. On the upper surface of P a graduated circle is marked. When the Stipa-siwn is dipped in water the index moves in the direction of the hands of a watch, which we may call the "wet" direction; when it is removed it will, after a time, reverse itself and move in the ,; dry" direction.

(132) Stipa: effects of temperature.

As in the case of experiment 129, so here, it may be shown that warmth increases the action of water very greatly. Prepare 2 beakers of water, one at 14°—15° C, the other at 40°—45° C.; place the awn in the cold water, and when the index has clearly begun its slow movement, plunge it in the warm water, when the untwisting is at once accelerated.

(133) Stipa: effects of temperature.

Place the awn in water at about 15° C. and allow it to come to rest: then transfer it to water at about 40° C, there will be a sudden deflection in the " wet" direction and a return to a position slightly on the " dry " side of the original position of rest.

A similar result may be obtained with a dry awn, by holding it high above a spirit-lamp or a small gas-flame, taking care not to scorch it; the first sudden move will be in the " wet" direction, the heat will then dry the awn and a steady " dry " movement will follow. These effects of temperature are not understood1.

1 Francis Darwin, Transactions of Linnean Society, 1876. Is it possible that they have something in common with the contraction produced in violin strings by heat? See Engelmann Ursprung der iluskelkraft, 1893.


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(134) Stipa: salt-solution.

An awn which has come to rest in water can be made to twist in the dry direction by transferring it to 10 per cent. NaCl solution.

(135) Stipa: mechanism of the movement.

The twisting power of the awn depends on the hygroscopic torsion of its individual cells. To show this it is necessary to isolate some of the elements. Prepare Schulze's macerating fluid by dissolving in 50 c.c. of nitric acid, 1 grm. of potassium chlorate; add to this half its volume of water, and boil a ripe awn cut into two or three pieces in a test-tube half full of the diluted liquid. It is best not to boil it too much ; as soon as the awn is clearly beginning to disintegrate it must be removed, thoroughly washed in water1, and teased out with needles. A small portion2 is now dried on a glass slip without a cover-glass over a flame and examined under the microscope with a low power. Cells will be found which are obviously twisted on their axes, and which at once untwist when water is added. Or the dried fragments of awn can be seen to exhibit torsion if an assistant breathes cautiously on the preparation whilst under observation.

(136) Nobbe's experiment3.

Take two stoppered bottles of about 400 c.c. capacity: fit each with a rubber cork through which passes a narrow

1 Because the fumes of Schulze's fluid are bad for the lenses of microscopes.

2 The colourless pieces should be selected.

s Handbuch der Samenkunde, 1876, p. 126. See Coupin, Ann. Sc. N. 1896.

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graduated tube. Half fill bottle A with whole peas, and place the same quantity of split peas in B. Fill both bottles with water which has acquired the temperature of the room, and take care to get rid, by shaking, of any air adhering to the peas; force in the corks firmly, and note the height of the water column in each bottle. If the peas increase in volume by the amount of the water absorbed, the level of the water will not change. This is what happens1 in B, which contains the split peas, but in A the level rapidly rises and then falls. This curious phenomenon is said to be due to the expansion of the testas of the peas producing a temporary increase in size.

(137) Variability in the swelling of seeds.

In the case of certain plants, there is great variability in the time required for the absorption of water by the seeds. This is especially the case with leguminous seeds. Nobbe2 describes the phenomenon in clover seeds; we use those of Lupinus hirsutus, which have a rough surface to the testa.

Take 100 lupin seeds and place them in a flat-bottomed vessel (so that they may be easily examined) and add about a liter of tap water. After 24 hours the majority of the seeds will be swollen, the minority which have not yet swollen can be easily distinguished by their smaller size.

The swollen seeds should be removed and the water

1 Reinke shows that, in some oases of imbibition, the increase in volume is slightly less than the water absorbed. Hanstein's Botan. Abhand. iv. 1879, p. 60.

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renewed to minimise decomposition, and this should be done at intervals of 12 hours until all the seeds are swollen, noting at each examination the number of freshly imbibed seeds.

The cause of the individuality in imbibition seems to depend, not on the cotyledons, but on the seed-coats. This may be demonstrated on a similar number of seeds, after the first interval of 24 hours has elapsed. Pick out all the seeds which have not swollen, and in half of them pierce the testa with a needle, leaving the other half intact. It will be found that all the punctured seeds swell within 12 hours, whereas only a percentage of the intact seeds are swollen1.

(138) Rise of temperature accompanying imbibition*. Prepare enough dry powdered starch3 to make a layer

2—3 cm. thick at the bottom of a beaker, and place a similar quantity of water in a second beaker. When starch and water are at the same temperature, pour the water into the first beaker, stir with a thermometer bulb, and note the rise of a few degrees which takes place.

(139) Work done during imbibition.

Saw out a square inch from a deal board of about f of an inch in thickness. Put it in a flat photographic dish and let it serve as a support for a 28 lb. weight. On adding water the wood swells and raises the weight, a

1 See Detmer, Praktikum, p. 131.

2 Nageli, Theorie d. Gahrung, 1879, p. 133.

3 The starch should be dried at 100° C. and may be allowed to cool, without special precautions, to the room-temperature, when it will still be sufficiently dry for our purpose.

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movement which may be recorded in various ways, e.g. by a horizontal microscope, or by the micrometer-screw described below, experiment 155. The weight will compress the dry wood slightly, so that it is necessary to wait until the index comes to rest before the water is added. The experiment is a rough one, the unsteadiness of the weight on the small bit of wood being a source of error, another being introduced by the unequal swelling of the wood tipping the weight slightly on one side. For this reason we use the following arrangement. The ordinary 28 lb. weights are pierced by a hole so that the surface of the wooden block is visible from above. It is therefore possible to use as an index a vertical wire or a glass filament, the lower end of which rests in a shallow depression in the surface of the wood, while it is kept vertical by passing through a hole in a fixed metal plate or horizontal loop of wire. The movement of the upper end of the glass filament is then observed with a horizontal microscope.

(140) Observations with the polariscope.

The apparatus consists of two parts, the polariser and the analyser. In the Zeiss pattern of instrument, the former of these is to be fixed axially on the substage of the microscope above the mirror; the analyser separates into two pieces, one, a disc—which should be graduated— fastens on to the upper end of the tube like a collar; into this an ordinary ocular is slipped, and the other piece is fitted on to it like a cap.

The essential part of each is a " Nicol's prism"—

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pieces of doubly refractive Iceland spar so cut and disposed that the light transmitted is all polarised in one particular axial plane. The central upper part of the analyser rotates on the collar-like disc and bears a pointer which records the amount of the rotation. If, with the parts placed in position and the eye at the ocular, the analyser be rotated until its plane of polarisation becomes identical with that of the polariser, the light will be transmitted through it undiminished and the field of the microscope appear bright. On now slowly turning the analyser either way through a right angle, the light will gradually fade until the field is completely dark. In this latter position the polarising planes of the two prisms are at right angles and the analyser intercepts all the light transmitted by the polariser. On continuing the rotation of the analyser through a further 90°, maximum brightness from coincidence of the planes will be again obtained. With the dark field, place on the stage of the microscope a slide on which is mounted some doubly refractive object such as almost any vegetable tissue, and it will be seen that parts of each of its elements will appear black and parts white. The object thus seen is said to be viewed " with crossed Nicols " and the appearance is due to the optical structure of the object so altering the polarisation of the light that part of it and part only is capable of passing through the analyser in its present position. Hence the alternating light and dark markings. On shifting the analyser through a right angle these markings are now seen reversed in their optical properties.

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The arrangement of the markings is constant with given objects. Starch grains exhibit on a black field a large black and white Maltese cross with its centre at the hilum of the grain. To see this well, starch grains of potato should be mounted in Canada balsam so as to be transparent and when examined in ordinary light quite invisible. Advantage may be taken of this method for detecting small doubly refractive bodies, otherwise difficult to perceive. Thus the very minute crystals of calcium oxalate occurring in many leaves are often difficult to make out, but if the leaf be decolorised and rendered quite transparent by soaking it in strong chloral-hydrate solution, the distribution of these crystals may be easily observed by their light crossed markings on a black field. This method was employed by Schimper1 in his interesting researches on the physiology of calcium oxalate. An example of its use has been given in experiment 78 (p. 66) where the amount of oxalate occurring in leaves under various conditions is studied.

(141) Tension.

Crystalline bodies are anisotropic, and it is one view of the significance of the anisotropism of organised bodies, cell-walls, starch grains, etc., to attribute this to a crystalline structure of the ultimate particles—micellae of Nageli—of which these bodies are held to be built up.

Another view denies this crystalline structure and attributes the anisotropism to the tensions or strains

1 Schiinper, Bot. Zeitung, 1888, p. 81.

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existing in the substance of the cell-walls or the starch grains as a result of their particular structure. In order to realise that tension may produce double refraction in a substance that is not in itself anisotropic, for example glass, a fine glass filament should be forcibly extended, while it is under observation in polarised light in the field of the microscope. To make the effect more apparent use should be made of the selenite discs generally supplied with the polarising apparatus. The various colours which bodies exhibit when viewed in these coloured fields give a measure of the strength of their double refraction. To perform the stretching experiment a piece of glass rod, drawn out at the blow-pipe to a fine filament in its middle part, should be so clamped at one end that the fine part lies across the field of the microscope and can be focussed with a low power. The selenite disc No. I., which gives a red-purple field, should be suitably placed below the glass thread, which then appears as a double black contour with red-purple between. The free end of the glass rod should rest on some guiding support which will keep it in focus but allow it to be stretched. If the observer looks down the microscope while the rod is steadily pulled, the colour of the centre of the thread will be seen to change distinctly, the nature of the change depending on the amount of traction exerted upon the filament: on releasing it the purple colour reappears.

Compression should give a different colour-change but this cannot be easily exhibited. Other transparent bodies such as gelatine films show similar effects.

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(142) Traube's artificial cell1.

Traube's method is of great interest as a graphic way of demonstrating the possibility of pressure arising osmotieally inside a cell. The method is moreover capable of giving results of great value, especially as modified by Pfeffer2. The following experiment is merely meant to serve as a demonstration.

Fill a beaker with a solution (2 or 3 per cent.) of potassium ferrocyanide and drop it into a fragment of copper chloride or acetate. The copper salt is instantly coated with a precipitated membrane of copper ferrocyanide. We have found that inferior samples of commercial copper sulphide, which contain small amounts of soluble copper salts, give especially good results.

In the artificial cell so produced osmotic pressure arises by which the brittle cell-wall is broken, but is instantly mended by the formation of a fresh precipitate: as soon as the wall is mended the pressure inside again increases, and again ruptures the cell-wall, and thus by a series of breaks, healed as soon as made, an apparently continuous growth of the cell takes place.

(143) Slowness of diffusion3.

Fill a tall narrow jar with water and with the help of

1 Traube in Archiv fur Anatomie und Physiologic (Reichert and Du Bois-Reymond), 1867.

2 Osmotische Untersuchungen, 1877.

s See de Vries, Bot. Zeitung, 1885, p. 1.

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a long funnel run in very slowly and carefully a stratum of concentrated solution of potassium bichromate, which accumulates at the bottom of the jar.

It will be seen that the colour spreads to the upper. strata with extraordinary slowness. The chief physiological interest of the result is that it serves to suggest the value, to the living cell, of protoplasmic circulation.

(144) Relation of membrane to diffusing fluid.

The following experiment is quoted from Detmer's Praktikum: we have had practically no experience of the method. A dialyser made of vegetable parchment is filled with a 1 per cent, solution of di-sodic phosphate coloured with methylene blue, and is placed in distilled water; after some hours the blue colour is visible in the water. If, however, a precipitation membrane of calcium phosphate is produced in the wall of the dialyser, the methylene blue is unable to pass. The precipitate is produced by immersing, iu 1 per cent, calcium nitrate, a dialyser filled as before with 1 per cent, di-sodic phosphate coloured with methylene blue.

(145) Absorption of methylene blue.

It is interesting to note in connection with the last experiment that methylene blue, as Pfeffer1 has shown, can pass a living protoplasmic membrane.

Two or three sprigs of Elodea are placed in about a liter of tap water containing 0'0008 per cent, of methylene

1 Untersuchungen am dem Bot. Institut zu Tubingen, II. p. 223.

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blue, after from 24 to 36 hours the living cells will be found to contain blue cell sap.

Section B. Turgor.

(146) Plasmolysis, microscopic observation1.

In order to realise the existence of turgor the well-known microscopic observation of the effect of salt solution on turgescent tissues should be repeated. Plasmolysis is easily seen in Spirogyra, or any tissue with coloured cell sap may be used; it is only necessary to irrigate a preparation with 5 °/0 NaCl solution. It is instructive to compare the result of plasmolysis with the change produced by death. In the first case the cell sap remains within the protoplasmic sac, in the killed cell it escapes and moreover stains the dead protoplasm.

(147) Recovery after plasmolysis.

It is important to realise that plasmolysed parts are in no way injured, and that they recover their normal condition when the plasmolysing fluid is replaced by water. A few simple observations on roots of V. faba serve for this purpose. A bean root 2—3 cm. in length is placed in 5 °/o NaCl solution, where it almost immediately becomes soft and flaccid. When replaced in water it quickly becomes turgid again2.

1 De Vries, Untersuchungen ilber Zellstreckung, 1S77.

2 We have observed that the root of the bean, if placed alternately in salt solution and water several times, becomes translucent, being in fact injected with water,

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The observations here suggested are meant as illustrations of the very simplest aspect of turgor, chiefly to show that turgor is an osmotic phenomenon, since the condition of the cell is clearly regulated by the relation between the cell sap and the environing fluid.

(148) Osmotic strength of cell sap in terms of KNO,.

The method of de Vries1 depends on the fact explained in experiment 163 (Section 0) that when a turgescent shoot is bisected longitudinally each half curves outwards, i.e. with the epidermis on the concave side. If the curved portions are put in water the curvature increases greatly: if they are placed in strong NaCl solution (5°/0) they uncurl, i.e. become straight again, or they may even become convex on the epidermic side. Therefore an intermediate strength of salt solution must be discoverable which equals the cell sap in osmotic force, and which neither produces increase nor decrease in curvature.

In summer we use the scape of the dandelion, Taraxacum; in winter the hypocotyl of Ricinus seedlings.

The dandelion is split longitudinally into four strips which, on being dipped for a moment into water, curl up into

1 Prinysheim's Jahrbiicher, xiv.

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spirals and can then be cut up into some 7 or 8 rings, b, fig. 23 : these are delicate tests of changes in turgescence since a small increase or decrease in the curvature of the turgescent tissue is at once perceptible. Thus s is in too strong a solution, w is in too weak a solution, while b is in one that almost exactly balances the osmotic power of the cell sap.

The process with Ricinus is a little more troublesome; the hypocotyl is split in 4 or more longitudinal portions, and the form of each is traced with a paint-brush (which answers better than a pencil) on paper. We now have a number of curved bits of tissue (whose form is known)

O.IO 0.12 0.13 O.lfl 0.17



Fig. 24. Exp. 148.

each one of which must be placed in a solution of a different strength. These solutions are made according

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to equivalents, and in the case of KN03 (which forms the standard) may contain 0'05, 010, Oil, 012, 013, 014. gram-molecules per liter; stronger solutions may however be needed. After a quarter of an hour the result may be noted: if the material consist of dandelion rings the result is obvious on inspection; with Ricimis the segments must be compared with the sketches.

Fig. 24 gives tracings of pieces of split Ricinus hypocotyl before and after immersion.

The upper row of tracings gives the form of the pieces before being placed in the solutions, the lower row shows the change of form produced by the immersion. The numbers 010, 012, etc. give the strength of the KN03 solution in which each was placed.

It will be seen that the first two have increased in curvature, while the last two have uncurled and the middle piece (i.e. that in the 013 solution) remains unchanged. Therefore 0"13 expresses the osmotic pressure of the cell sap in terms of KN03.

(149) Isotonic coefficient.

The same experiment must be made with cane-sugar, using solutions 016,018,0-20,0'22, 0'24. From the results obtained (combined with those of experiment 148) it is possible to calculate the isotonic coefficient (I. C) of cane-sugar, i.e. the attraction for water of a molecule of cane-sugar expressed in terms of the attraction of a molecule of KN03 for water. For the sake of convenience the value of this last quantity is taken as 3 instead of 1. We have then the following calculation. Assuming that we have

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found that the cell sap=0-13 KN03 and also=0'20 cane-sugar,

I. C. of sugar 1 "3 . _ .

--------3---------=2-0 = 0'C°'

.". I. C. of sugar=l'9o, or in round numbers = 2.

The isotonic coefficients of a number of common substances are given in Pfeffer's Pflanzenphysiologie, 2nd edition, Vol. I. p. 128 ; a number of other values are given which are of interest in the present connection.

(150) Microscopic method.

The j>rinciple of de Vries' second method is simple: small portions of tissue are put in a graduated series of salt solutions and the equivalence between one of them and the cell sap is estimated by the degree of plasmolysis observed microscopically. The tissue must contain coloured cell sap so that plasmolysis may be readily observed. De Vries recommends as material the epidermis of parts of the leaf of Tradescantia discolor, Begonia manicata, or Curcuma rubricaulis. Of these Tradescantia discolor is the most universally available and is the only one of which we have any experience. In Tradescantia the part of the leaf used is the epidermis of the under-surface: to get good results it is necessary to use closely adjacent parts of the epidermis taken from the midrib. De Vries makes parallel incisions 1^ or 2 mm. apart in the epidermis of the midrib: the areas so marked out can then be freed by a surface-cut with a razor. The fragments of the epidermis must remain in the solutions for at least an d. a. 9

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hour before being examined. The condition of each is noted as P. completely plasmolysed, H. P. half plasmolysed, or N. P. not plasmolysed.

The solution which produces the H. P. effect is taken as osmotically equivalent to the cell sap.

(151) Estimation of the hydrostatic pressure in turgescent tissue1.

Take an actively growing flower stalk such as that of the cowslip {Primula veris), which must be in the budding condition: mark off 100 mm. near the upper end and place the stalk in 5% NaCl solution. As soon as it is thoroughly flaccid it should be measured again, when it will be found to be shorter, owing to the elastic contraction of the cell-walls, which were previously stretched by the turgescence of the cells. If it can now be ascertained what force is needed to stretch the shrunken stalk to its original length, we shall know what was the force exerted by the turgidity of the tissues.

The bud of the cowslip is fixed in a screw-clamp lined with cork-plates and the clamp is fixed to a horizontal board, so that the stalk will be stretched when the other end is pulled. The basal end of the stalk may be simply knotted to a piece of cord, which passes over a pulley let into the board, and supports a scale-pan. A millimeter scale having been arranged so that the distance between the marks on the stalk can be easily read off, weights are added to the scale-pan until the marks are once more

1 De Vries, Untersuchuiigen iiber die mechanischeti Ursachen der Zellstreckimg (1877), p. 118.

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100 mm. apart. The diameter of the stalk must be roughly measured, and the area calculated, so that the force which is equivalent to the hydrostatic pressure in the tissues may be expressed in grams per square millimeter. It should finally be expressed in terms of atmospheric pressure,—which equals about 10 grams per sq. mm. Something between 3 and 6 atmospheres may be expected as the result.

(152) Pfeffer's gypsum method1.

Pfeffer has devised a method of estimating the pressure exerted by growing plants of which we have no practical experience: the following description is taken from his paper.

The principle will be understood from fig. 25. The cotyledons and the basal part of the radicle are contained in the pot n and kept damp by means of sawdust. The extremity of the root is contained in the two blocks of gypsum a and b, so that as the root grows a and b are separated. Since a is fixed against the pot n, the block b moves, and in doing so compresses the oval spring f. The degree of compression, and therefore the force exerted, is estimated by reading, with a horizontal microscope, the distance between the needle-points fitted to the inside of the spring.

The following is the method of fitting the plant into the apparatus.

The seedling bean is placed in the flower-pot n filled with damp sawdust so that 15—30 mm. of the root

1 Uruck- und Arbeitsleistuug, &c. Abliandl. d.k. Sachs. Ges. Bd. n. 1893.


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project through the hole. A lid is placed on the pot, which is turned upside down and the root (which projects

jFig. 25. Exp. 152. Copied from Pfeffer.

vertically upwards) is covered with soft gypsum. A piece of waxed paper in which a hole has been made (with a hot needle) is slipped over the tip of the root and pressed down with a bored glass plate. In this way the block of gypsum a is formed; when it is sufficiently set, the waxed paper is removed, and for it is substituted a piece of wet tissue-paper on which the block b is added. The form of the

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blocks a and b is regulated by cylinders of paper acting as moulds. When block b is set hard it may be removed from the root, trimmed with a knife and replaced: at the same time the tissue-paper may be removed. Before the flower-pot is placed in the supporting ring m the block of gypsum b must be secured in its place by tying it with a thread which will be cut when the arrangement is complete. The block b is fixed by fluid gypsum to the glass plate c which rests on the spring f.

The plate I, forming part of the spring, is fixed by the small screws k, k to the solid plate g, which can be raised and lowered by means of the screws h, h, h. In this way the desired amount of pressure can be applied at the beginning of the experiment. The distance between the needle-points is regulated by the screw i which moves the lower needle.

Section C. Tensions of tissues.

(153) Longitudinal tensions.

The fundamental experiment illustrating the condition of strain or tension1 which consists in turgescent tissues may be made in summer or spring on any rapidly growing juicy shoot, e.g. elder (Sambucus), or with certain leafstalks, e.g. that of the rhubarb (Rheum). In winter it is sometimes difficult to find suitable material: if a greenhouse is available, the leaf stalks of Richardia will answer well. It is best to get fairly long shoots, i.e. not less than

1 See Sachs' Text-book, Sect. 1-i, 15. The whole discussion should be studied.

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20 cm., so that measurements to 1 mm. may give perceptible results. The material must be as fresh as possible, and if it has to be brought from any considerable distance must be wrapped in a wet cloth and placed in a vasculum: in this case too, it is worth while to take care that the vasculum is held vertically, lest the shoots should take a geotropic curvature, as they may do if kept horizontal for an hour.

Place the shoot on the table, cut the ends as square as possible and measure its length with a millimeter scale placed lengthwise on it. Remove a strip of cortical tissue along the side measured; it will be shorter than the original shoot. Now remove the whole of the cortical tissue, and measure the length of the cylinder of pith remaining, which will be found to be longer than the intact shoot.

This experiment shows that the internal tissues are in a state of compression, while the cortex is extended. It is important to note that the amount of extension of the freed pith need not by any means be the same as the contraction of the cortex1. If the experiment is repeated with a scape of Fritillaria imjiemalis which has ceased to grow, it will be found that the pith lengthens considerably while the contraction of the cortex is very slight.

(154) Extension of pith in water.

When pith is placed in water it increases greatly in length in consequence of the increased turgescence of its

1 Sachs' Text-book, p. 797.

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cells1. To show this, place the pith from experiment 153 in water, and measure it again after an hour.

(155) Change in the transverse dimensions of pith2.

Cut from the fresh turgescent pith of the stem of the Helianthus, Sambucus and of Impatiens sultani, also from a rhubarb leaf stalk, parallel-sided pieces about 10—15 mm. in length and 5 mm. in width, taking especial care that they are free from all cortical tissue. Place a piece on its side (i.e. with the 5 mm. dimension vertical) in a small flat-bottomed glass vessel, and lay on the pith an ebonite vessel measuring 4—5 mm. in diameter by 2—3 in depth, and containing oil. By means of the following arrangement the oil is made to serve as a delicate index of any shrinking or swelling of the pith. A vertical micrometer screw graduated to 001 mm. carries at its lower end a vertical needle, which can be lowered until it dimples the polished surface of the oil; the moment of contact is sharply defined, and in this way changes of O'Ol mm. in the diameter of the pith are easily read. After taking a few readings, which usually indicate a slight shrinking, water should be added. The results of the increased turgescence so produced vary with the material employed; in the case of Sambucus and Helianthus the pith begins to shrink, i.e. diminish in transverse diameter; Rhubarb-pith increases and afterwards diminishes; while Impatiens increases but does not diminish.

1 See A. Bateson and P. Darwin " On the Effect of Stimulation on Tui'gescent Vegetable Tissues," Linnean Society's Journal, xxiv. 188S.

- See Miss Anna Bateson, Annals of Botany, Vol. iv. p. 117. A drawing of the micrometer screw is given in Chapter vi. rig. 27.

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(156) Change in tangential dimension.

Cut with a dry rasor sections (such as would be considered very thick for microscopic purposes) of the fresh scape of the dandelion {Taraxacum) or (in winter) of the hollow hypocotyl of Ricinus. Place the rings, so prepared, on a glass plate,.and with a scalpel divide each at one point. The divided rings are now placed in water, when their curvature is found to increase, the curling inwards being due to the shrinking in tangential direction of the turgescent tissue forming the inner part of the ring.

(157) Be Vries' experiment on the shortening of roots.

In the roots of certain plants a phenomenon has been observed by de Vries1 which seems to be of the same character as those described under experiments 155—56. The roots shorten along their longitudinal axes when tur-gescence is increased, and lengthen when turgescence is diminished, e.g. by immersion in 5 per cent. NaCl solution.

De Vries describes the phenomenon in Carum, Dipsa-cus and other plants.

Full directions are given by Detmer2 for observation on the roots of young (2—3 months) plants of Garum carvi. If suitable material is wanting for following out Detmer's instructions, it is generally possible to find roots in which shortening has already occurred, and which are remarkable for their wrinkled exterior. The roots of hyacinths grown in water show the phenomenon well.

1 Landw. Jahrb. ix. 1880.

2 Praktifomi, p. 248.

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(158) Imperfect elasticity of plant-tissues.

The fact that the tissues of a growing shoot or leaf are extensible, but not perfectly elastic, can be demonstrated on a variety of material, e.g. a flower scape of Polyanthus, or the leaf of a Narcissus: the form of the last-named makes it convenient for the purpose. For this and similar experiments a strong sheet of cork mounted on a board is convenient: one end of the leaf is clamped between the mounted cork and a free block of cork, in such a position that the other end of the leaf projects beyond the board. Two marks about 100 mm. apart are painted on the leaf, one being close to the clamped end. The distance between the marks having been read on a mm. scale (clamped to the cork-board) the projecting end of the leaf is pulled with the hand; the distance between the marks is now to be read off without diminishing the traction, and again when the leaf is left to itself. The leaf will be found to be permanently extended ; the temporary and permanent extensions should be recorded in percentages of the original length.

(159) Cyclometer1.

Take a straight turgescent shoot, e.g. a young cabbage-shoot, bend it forcibly, and then release it: it will be found to have taken on a permanent curve. This is only another way of demonstrating what is shown in experiment 158: the cortical tissues on the convex side of the shoot are forcibly elongated by the bending, and being imperfectly

1 Sachs' Text-book, p. 784.

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elastic do not return to their original length, thus producing a distortion of the shoot.

To get an accurate notion of what occurs in this experiment it is desirable to measure the radius of (1) the curvature forcibly produced, (2) of the permanent curvature remaining. This may be done with Sachs' cyclometer, which consists of a number of concentric semicircles drawn on a board. By applying the shoot to the board, and comparing its outline with the semicircles, the radius of curvature of the shoot can be approximately ascertained and noted. In our laboratory we have two boards, one bearing semicircles of which radii range from 1 to 20 cm. in length: while the radii of the arcs on the other board range from 21 to 45 cm.

(160) Hofmeister's experiment1.

This is in principle the same as experiment 159 ; it has, however, a certain classic interest which makes it worth repeating.

What is needed is a vertical turgescent shoot fixed firmly at its lower end : it may be either a plant growing in a pot, or a shoot fixed into a clamp by its basal end. In either case the base of the shoot is smartly struck with a light stick so as to produce violent curvature of the free end of the shoot towards the side which is struck. The consequence is the same as that in experiment 159, namely, that a permanent curvature is produced in consequence of the overstretching of the convex side of the shoot.

1 Berichle d. k. Sachs. Gesell. d. JViss. 1859.

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(161) Loss of rigidity.

The rigidity of a turgescent shoot is dependent on (among other factors) the resistance of the cortical tissues ; if, by overstretching, these are permanently lengthened, the rigidity of the system is lessened.

Fig. 26. Exp. 161.

A straight turgescent shoot is fixed firmly by means of a bored and split cork in a test-tube of water, T, figure 26, and at a point, which should be marked by a streak of Indian ink, it is further supported on a prism of wood, F, resting on a support S. At the free end, the shoot bears a needle acting as an index /, and a loop of wire L, to which weights may be hung. Having noted the position of / on the scale, hang a small weight W (a coil of

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lead wire of 8—10 grams) on the loop, and read off the position of the index. Eemove the weight, and bend the shoot two or three times backwards and forwards in the vertical plane. When the weight is once more attached, the index will move through a greater distance than that at first recorded.

(162) Increased length.

Since the pith is in a. state of compression, any increased length of the cortical tissue must result in an increase in the length of the whole shoot. Therefore bending a turgescent shoot backwards and forwards as in experiment 161, must lengthen it. The length must be accurately measured, say to O'l mm., to make sure of a result.

(163) Splitting turgescent tissues.

The relation between the compressed pith and the stretched cortex can be demonstrated by dividing a shoot longitudinally. It is best to prepare the shoot by cutting it flat on two opposite sides, making a slab of pith bounded on two sides by strips of cortical tissue: this is placed on a glass plate and bisected with a knife, when each half curves so that the pith is on the convex, the cortex on the concave side. The curvature can be greatly increased by putting the half-shoots in water. This increase is strikingly seen if a scape of dandelion (Taraxacum) is split into 4 or 5 longitudinal strips, which curl up in water into spirals of many turns1.

1 This fact has already been utilised in experiment 148, p. 126.

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(164) Splitting a root.

In some turgescent structures the erectile (compressed) tissue is external, while the resisting or stretched tissue is internal. In such cases the result of splitting longitudinally must obviously be the opposite of that just described: the parts will curve inwards, towards the longitudinal axis, not away from it.

Pull up a seedling bean (V.faba) with a root 3 or 4 cm. long, split the apical centimeter with a scalpel, and put it in lukewarm (25°—30° 0.) water. The halves will certainly not curve outwards, and will after a little time show a slight inward bend. The aerial roots of Aroids show the same tensions.

(165) Splitting a pulvinus.

Take a large pulvinus of Phaseolus and cut from it an axial slab as described under experiment 163. Split the slab down the central strand, and put the halves in water, when they will curve inwards i.e. with the vascular tissue on the concave side.

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Section A. Conditions of growth (experiments without special apparatus).

Section B. Distribution of growth.

Section 0. Auxanometers.

Section A. Conditions.

(166) Method.

Many experiments may conveniently be made on the radicles of leguminous seedlings. We use principally the bean (Vicia faba), the pea (Pisum sativum), as well as Phaseolus multifiorus. All these seeds should be placed in water for 24 hours at least, or until by the tenseness of the testa they show themselves to be thoroughly soaked. They should then, as Sachs recommends1, be washed with fresh water and placed to germinate in moist sawdust, cocoa-fibre, or powdered peat. The washing may conveniently be done by placing the seeds in a colander

1 Arbeiten, I. p. 386.

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under a running tap for a minute. The sawdust or other material should be prepared for the reception of the seeds in a flat vessel of galvanised iron, 50 cm. in diameter and 6 cm. deep, in which the dry sawdust is placed and is gradually moistened, mixing it thoroughly with the hands as the water is added. Large flower-pots will serve for germination of the seeds; they should be loosely filled with damp sawdust, and when the seeds have been added they may be covered with crockery plates or sheets of glass. Beans seem to thrive best at a temperature of about 15° 0., peas and Phaseolus may have a slightly higher temperature.

Beans should be placed in the sawdust with the plane of the cotyledons vertical and the hilum downwards: the radicle thus grows out without curving, and the seeds are ready for cultivation as shown in fig. 33, Chap. VII., where they are supported on pins stuck into the cork lining of the cover of a jar. Peas must be pinned through both cotyledons, it is therefore necessary to let them germinate with the plane of the cotyledons horizontal; the same position is convenient for Phaseolus.

(167) Free oxygen necessary.

Place 6 peas in water: when they are soaked remove the testas, measure the length of the radicle in each, and pass the peas up into an inverted test-tube of mercury, as described in exp. 6, p. 10, on intramolecular respiration. After from 12 to 18 hrs. measure the radicles, which will be found either not to have grown perceptibly or to a very slight degree.

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(168) Respiration necessary1.

Pick out 12 germinating beans with roots 20-25 mm. in length. Having gently dried the roots by stroking them with the torn, feathered edge of a piece of filter-paper, mark each at 10 mm. from the tip, by painting a transverse line with good Indian ink8. When the ink is dry, place the seeds in water for a few minutes to allow the roots to recover from the effects of the dry air of the room. Or the total length of the radicle may be measured from a pin-hole, blackened with ink, in the triangular flap of the testa. Then impale the seeds on "blanket pins," fixing 6 in one jar (A), 6 in another (B). Fill A with water so that the cotyledons are completely covered, while B is only half filled and the roots allowed to grow in damp air. After 24 hours remeasure. The growth of the roots in A will be much smaller than (e.g. one-fifth of) that in B. It is a remarkable fact that the roots of the bean are not able to obtain enough air from the water, but are dependent on their cotyledons. For another experiment on this point see experiment 185.

(169) Effect of salt solution*.

Proceed as in exp. 168, but let the water in jar A be sufficient to cover the roots and just to touch the hilums

1 Sachs, in his Arbeiten, i. p. 408.

2 Black photographic varnish may also be used, but the marks often become loose from water getting under the crust of varnish. On the other hand Indian ink becomes faint in colour in water. We have with advantage followed Pfeffer {Drnck- und Arbeitsleistnnp &c. 1893, p. 294) iu the use of Bormann's " unausloschbare schwarze Tusche."

3 See Stange, Bat. Zeitung, 1892, p. 342. True, Annals of Botany, Vol. ix.

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of the seeds: in jar B place a similar amount of ] p.c. NaCl solution. Measure again after 12 or 18 hours, when the retarding effect of the salt solution should be obvious.

(170) Growth at various temperatures.

A good rough notion of the effect of temperature may be obtained by using the seeds of beans or peas. If a considerable number of seeds are germinated, it is easy to find 40 peas whose radicles, just emerging from the micropyle, are of fairly uniform length. They are to be sown, in 4 lots of 10 each, in small flower-pots. The pots being covered with glass plates or saucers, are placed (under otherwise uniform conditions) at temperatures of 39°„40° C., 35° C, 23° C, and at some fairly low temperature, such as 10°—12° C. The first three temperatures can easily be kept fairly constant by means of thermostats, the lower temperature may present difficulties at certain times of the year. We employ a hollow-walled box, through which a rapid current of tap water is allowed to run.

After 48 hours measure again: the average growth of the radicles at 10°—12° C, 23° G, 35° C, will probably be in ascending series, while the growth at 39°-—40° C. will be less than that at 35° C. In one of our experiments the average length of the radicles was after 48 hours:— At 10° C. 5 mm.

21 10 „

31 25 „

39-5 15 „

d. a. 10

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Section B. Distribution.

(171) Distribution of growth in roots1.

Pick out a germinating bean with a root about 2 cm. long. Make 5 marks, 2 mm. apart, on the root, the first mark being 2 mm. from the tip of the root-cap. To mark the root, the seed should be pinned to a cork plate and the millimeter scale raised on a layer of cork pinned to the first named cork plate like a step, so that the graduated edge of the scale can be brought close to the surface of the root to be marked. Roots easily suffer from dry air, it is therefore advisable to place each seedling in water for a few minutes after it has been marked, when it may be pinned, with 2 or 3 others similarly treated, in a jar half filled with water, the roots being in damp air.

After 12—15 hours measure the distance between the marks. The result will show that the most rapidly growing part of the root is a short distance behind the tip.

(172) Distribution of growth in air-roots.

In aerial roots the region of growth is of much greater extent. Mark the air-root of an Aroid (e.g. Philodendron) at intervals of 5 mm. for a space of 30 mm. from the tip; white paint, such as Aspinall's Enamel, is useful for marking the dingy coloured roots of these plants. Measure again after 2 days.

1 See Sa_chs' Arbeiten, i. p. 414.

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(173) Distribution of growth in flower-stalks, etc.

For this purpose the scape of the cowslip (Primula veris) is useful: select a straight-growing stalk, of which the flowers are still in bud, gather it carefully (by cutting, not by pulling), and mark it at intervals of 5 mm. Keep it in a corked test-tube, with a little water at the bottom, for 12—18 hours.

Vigorously growing shoots of valerian may be treated in the same way, i.e. cut and grown in damp air.

Plants of Phaseolus in pots, having 2 or 3 internodes developed, are also useful: the marked internodes should not be cut, but left on the plant.

Here as in the case of the root we get evidence of the "grand period"; the youngest part of the stems has grown but little, then comes a region where growth is more vigorous, and further back growth again becomes less marked. The maximum of growth will probably be at a region which was originally 50 mm. from the apex.

(174) Grand 'period; time observation1.

The grand period may be observed with bean roots, 4 or 5 being measured simultaneously. The experiment should be started when the roots are 5 mm. in length, and the length measured from a mark on the cotyledon. A measurement is to be made every day at a given hour.

Or a scale may be fixed parallel and close to the root and the daily increment noted by reading off the position of the tip of the root on the graduations.

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(175) Growth and plasmolytic shrinking.

De Vries1 has shown that in many cases the shrinking produced by plasmolysis is distributed in space in the same way that growth is distributed. In other words, that region of a plant-member which is growing most quickly shrinks most when plasmolysed. But this appears not to be universally the case, as Schwendener and Krabbe2 have shown. The most striking exception to the parallelism between growth and plasmolytic shrinking is afforded by roots.

Mark a bean root at 5, 10, 15, 20 mm. from the apex and place it in 10 p.c. NaCl solution until completely flaccid. On remeasuring it will be found that plasmolytic shrinking extends considerably further back than (as we know from exp. 171) growth is found to occur.

We find that a convenient method of measuring the distance between marks is the following. The root is laid on wet blotting-paper to prevent it withering and is supported on a table sliding in a horizontal slot, on which a millimeter scale with a vernier is engraved. A small reading microscope with cross wires is fixed vertically above the root, the table is pushed along the slot and the vernier is read as each mark on the root comes under the cross wires. We thus read to O'l mm. with fair accuracy.

1 Zellstreckung, 1877.

2 PringsJieivi's Jahrbiicher, xxv. 1893, p. 323. See also Sachs, in his Arbeiten, i. p. 396.

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Section C. Auxanometers.

(176) Methods1.

Instruments for measuring growth are of two kinds: (1) those in which the continuous presence of the observer is necessary, and (2) self-recording instruments.

Of the first class various simple forms may be constructed. If a cord attached to the summit of a flower-stalk is passed over a pulley (supported vertically above the plant) and attached to a weight, the descent of the weight in a given time equals the elongation of the plant. The descent of the weight may be read in various ways, but in all cases certain sources of error have to be avoided. If cord is employed, it should be of fine plaited silk, because twisted cords vary greatly in length with the moisture of the air. The alteration of lengths of plaited cord may, as Sachs points out, be to a larger extent prevented by oiling or waxing. It is however in all ways better to use fine flexible wire. The weight must only be sufficient to keep the cord or wire thoroughly tight because any serious strain interferes with growth. The cord may be attached by a simple knot or loop, and if there seems any danger of its cutting the tissues the stem may be protected by a strip of gummed paper wrapped round it before the cord is attached. If wire is used, it should be hooked to a piece of soft cord tied round the plant. Any shrinking or swelling of the earth in the pot will obviously introduce errors. These can only be avoided

1 Sachs, in his Arbeiten, I. p. 113, and in his Text-book, Ed. n. p. 826. See also Baranetzkj, Him. Acad. St Petersbourg, xxvn. 1879.

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by watering the plant thoroughly at the beginning of the experiment, and leaving it unwatered during the rest of the observation; the shrinking of the earth will thus be spread over a considerable period. The most serious error however is the curvature of the stem, which may be either spontaneous or more frequently due to heliotropism. If the plant can be illuminated from above, so much the better; if not, a large bright mirror must be placed close behind it, which neutralises one-sided illumination. In our experiments we use principally the flower scape of Narcissus, which is but slightly affected by lateral light.

(177) The descent of the weight measured on a scale. The simplest plan is to fix an index to the weight and

read its movement on a vertical scale. A piece of sheet-lead 15 mm. x 20 mm. folded across the middle will serve as a weight, and a fine sewing-needle placed horizontally in the fold of the lead can be secured in its place by hammering the lead. In this way the growth can be estimated in 01 mm., and the arrangement might be used for measuring the daily and nightly growth of a plant for a series of days.

(178) Micrometer screw.

The weight in this case bears a vertical instead of a horizontal needle, and its descent brings the needle into contact with a surface of oil or mercury contained in a cup which is raised or lowered by means of a micrometer screw1. The moment of contact is a very definite

1 This method was suggested and the apparatus designed by Mr H. Darwin, of the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company.

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one, and it is not difficult to read to 001 mm. If oil is the fluid used, the vessel must first be lowered until the needle-point hangs clear, the screw is then cautiously-raised until the bright surface of the oil is dimpled at the point of contact. If mercury is used a vertical wire or

Fig. 27. Exp. 178. From tlae Cambridge Instrument Company's Catalogue.

thread must be hung close to the micrometer, between it and the light, and the moment of contact of the needlepoint and the mercury determined by the distortion of the image of the thread seen by reflection in the mercury. In either case the apparatus must stand on a steady table.

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Fig. 27 shows the micrometer; it bears at its lower extremity a needle which, as explained above (exp. 155, p. 135), is useful for various measurements. The hook on the edge of the cup gives a means of knowing when the axis of the screw is vertical. If this is the case the point of the hook will remain in a constant relative position, with regard to the surface, as the screw is turned. Thus if the cup is filled so that the point just dimples the surface, that state of things should be continuous during rotation.

(179) Arc-indicator.

The cord from the plant passes round an easily moveable pulley, and ends in a small weight. As the plant grows the pulley turns, and its rotation, magnified by means of an index projecting radially from the pulley, is read off from time to time on a graduated arc. The instrument is described and figured in Sachs' Text-book of Botany, 2nd edit., Engl. Tr., p. 826.

C180) Microscope.

The special merit of the microscopic method is that by its use the attachment of a cord to the plant is rendered unnecessary. The plant therefore grows in normal conditions, moreover it is now possible to keep the plant in constant slow rotation about a vertical axis, and thus to avoid heliotropic curvatures; lastly by this means delicate plants, e.g. moulds, and delicate plant-members, e.g. roots, can be observed1. We use a horizontal microscope

1 The microscopic method as designed by Sachs is described and figured in Vines' paper in Sachs' Arbeiten, ii. p. 135. We use Vicia roots (grown in water), Phycomyces, and, on Pfeffer's recommendation, oat seedlings in which the first true leaf is emerging.

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designed by Mr H. Darwin of the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company, which has a wide field (10 mm.), a long focal distance (about 23 cm.), and reads to O'l mm.; also one by Albrecht of Tubingen, whose lowest power gives 0'044 mm. for each division of the eye-piece micrometer, with a focal distance of 6 cm. and a field of 4 mm. in diameter. The microscope can be raised and lowered by a micrometer screw; and can, by another screw, be slowly rotated on the vertical axis,—a movement which is very convenient.

(181) Self-recording auxanometer.

This instrument is described and figured by its inventor, Sachs, in his Arbeiten1. The principle is well known, namely, that the descent of the weight, magnified by means of a lever, is recorded on a drum rotating on a vertical axis. In Sachs' paper, p. 116, is an interesting facsimile of the smoked paper on which a plant has written its hourly growth.

Sachs uses a drum with continuous motion which, from being excentric about its vertical axis, only comes in contact with the index at regular intervals of time, for the rest of the time the index is free from all constraint, and this is an advantage. The instrument which we use was designed by Mr H. Darwin2. The drum (shown in fig. 28)

1 Vol. i. p. 113; also Text-book of Botany, Engl. Tr., Ed. n. pp. 827-28.

2 It is on the same general principle as that of Baranetzky (see the figures in Vines' Physiology, p. 399). It was however invented independently : we have in the Cambridge Laboratory a drum constructed by Mr H. Darwin about 1876.

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measures 25 cm. in height and 512 mm. in circumference: it rotates on a vertical steel spindle, and by means of a clockwork escapement makes a short sudden rotation at intervals of one hour or at shorter intervals if required. At each rotation the index writes a short horizontal mark

Fig. 28. Exp. 181. From the Cambridge Instrument Company's Catalogue.

on the smoked paper covering the drum : between whiles the index moves downwards over the surface of the drum at a rate proportional to the rate of growth. The figure traced by the index is thus a series of steps of which the

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" fall," or vertical distance between the horizontals, is proportional to the growth per hour. The slight shock due to the sudden rotation of the drum is an advantage because it prevents the index sticking on the smoked paper. We use a simple lever to magnify the growth of the plant. It measures 605 mm., so that when arranged to multiply by 10, the short arm is 55 mm. in length. The fulcrum is a knife-edge, and the cord connecting the short arm with the plant is also attached by a knife-edge attachment: the index is a piece of platinum foil or a thin piece of quill. Since the vertical displacement of the end of the short arm equals the growth of the plant, the vertical distance between the horizontal lines on the tracing must be measured, not the distance along the arc described by the index. It will be seen that an error is introduced by this method: since the short arm describes an arc it is obvious that the cord connecting the lever with the plant does not remain absolutely vertical; but if the cord be of reasonable length, for instance 25 or 30 cm., and the short arm of the lever be also relatively long, e.g. 5 cm., the error is insignificant. For some further details in the use of the auxanometer see exp. 186.

(182) Simpler form of recording auxanometer.

If the lever attached to a growing plant is allowed to write on a smoked surface, and if to this surface a slight shake is given every hour, a record of the hourly growth is obtained. Such an arrangement however only serves for recording growth, or any change which always varies in one direction. If the recording method is used for geo-

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tropic after-effect or for the movements of sleeping plants (as described below) the drum described in exp. 181 must be used. The following is a simple method of fitting up a recording surface. Take a Bath-Oliver biscuit tin, or any other sufficiently tall cylindrical box: pierce two holes just below the point to which the cover overlaps: pass a stout wire through the holes and support the wire so that the box may hang with its long axis vertical and its lower end close to the table. To the lower end fix a cork with sealing-wax, and into the cork thrust vertically a strong short pin. Take a cheap American clock and fix it to the table in such a way that the axis on which the hand moves is vertical, while the hand itself moves in a horizontal plane. The clock is so placed that at each hour the hour-hand just touches the pin fixed to the biscuit box and causes the box to oscillate on the supporting wire.

(183) Temperature: microscopic method.

Select a bean root about 20 mm. in length, impale it on a pin and fix it to the cover of a flat-sided plate-glass1 vessel of water, so that the root is immersed and the hilum just touches the surface. Having carefully levelled the microscope, focus the tip of the root-cap, and note the temperature of the water and the time of the observation. If the root-cap is slimy and ragged it may be gently cleaned in the fingers. The reading will gain considerably in sharp-

1 A convenient arrangement is to use one of the rectangular glass vessels used in museums and to cut out by the sand-blast a hole 40 mm. long by 25 wide on one side, which is afterwards closed by a large cover-glass fixed inside with Canada balsam. In this way good definitions can be insured for the microscope.

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ness if the root is illuminated horizontally by means of an oblique mirror. Bean roots are so slightly heliotropic1 that there is no objection to a lateral light. Other roots, e.g. the apheliotropic radicles of Sinupis, can only be observed when rotated on a vertical axis. Spontaneous curvatures do however occur in the bean root, and may spoil the experiment: that known as Sachs' curvature which occurs in the plane of the cotyledons is especially troublesome2. Askenasy3 uses maize roots for his growth experiments; he notes that the circumnutation of the roots is in some cases very considerable.

Read the position of the tip of the root after 10 or 15 minutes; and again after a like interval of time ; if the rate of growth is fairly uniform for the two periods, the temperature of the water may be at once raised, if not further readings must be taken. The water may conveniently be siphoned out and replaced by warmer water. It is best to use water 10° or 12° C. warmer than that in the vessel. The growth of the root will be at once accelerated, becoming nearly three times as quick. It will again fall as the water sinks to the temperature of the room.

(184) Temperature: microscopic method.

Repeat exp. 183, substituting water at 3° or 4° 0. for the water in which the observations were begun. Note the sudden and serious check to growth.

1 According to Kohl (Die ilechanik der Reizkriimmungen) bean seedlings grown on the klinostat show distinct apheliotropism. - Power of Movement in Plants, p. 91. 3 Deutsche botan. Gesellsch. 1890.

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(185) Respiration: roots.

Proceed as in exp. 183, and when the growth is fairly uniform fill up the vessel so as to cover the cotyledons. Note the rapid fall in the rate of growth, and the recovery when the cotyledons are again exposed to air.

(186) Temperature: stems.

The effect of warmth on growth can be well shown with the recording auxanometer. In fitting up the apparatus the following points must be noted. Let the paper

Fig. 29. Exp. 186.

be smooth and tight on the drum, to insure which the unglazed side of the paper should be wetted with a sponge before it is attached. Do not smoke the paper too heavily: a paraffin stove-lamp, with the long wick turned up so as to flare, may be used for the smoking. The drum should be accurately vertical, which may be tested

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by a spirit-level placed on the top. The stand which supports the fulcrum of the writing lever must also be vertical. Unless these conditions are fulfilled the index will write at the top of its course, but will leave the. surface, or press too hard against it, lower down. The fulcrum should be opposite the middle of the drum, i.e. equally distant from the upper and lower edges of the smoked paper. When the experiment begins the index must touch the paper near its upper edge. To insure this the length of the string joining the short arm of the lever to the upper end of the plant must be regulated. As it is difficult to tie a knot at exactly the desired place, the following plan, fig. 29, should be followed. Let an assistant hold the lever up at the desired angle; pass the string or wire from the plant over the wire loop hanging from the short end of the lever: pull it tight and secure it by a folded piece of paper smeared on the inside with very dense and quickly drying shellac vamish; there will be time to regulate the length before the varnish dries, and when it is dry it is fairly secure. To make it still more secure one or more ligatures of fine silk may be added above the paper, but this is hardly necessary. If after all the index is not at the right height, the fulcrum must be slightly shifted up or down the supporting rod. The cord from the plant to the lever must be vertical, which can be insured by shifting the position of the flower-pot.

Take a Narcissus growing in a flower-pot', and having a scape in active growth,—the flower being still a young

1 Narcissus will however grow quite well from a bulb dug up and kept damp.

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bud. Place the pot on a layer of damp sand at the bottom of a galvanised iron cylinder so supported that a flame can be placed under it when it is desired to expose the plant to a higher temperature. The manipulation necessary in starting the experiment will probably interfere with the growth of the scape, so that it should be allowed to grow for 3 or 4 hours without further disturbance. A spirit-lamp or very small gas-flame is then lighted under the cylinder, and the temperature of the air



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Fig. 30. Exp. 186.

within the cylinder carefully watched for some little time. After 2 or 3 hours during which, if the temperature has been raised by some 10°, the steps traced on the drum will greatly increase in vertical height,—the flame is extinguished so that the fall in rate of growth may be recorded. Fig. 30 gives a copy of a tracing taken as here

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described: the numbers give the temperatures (C.) to which the plant was exposed.

(187) Light,

Fit up a Narcissus as above described in the dark room, and after 2 or 3 hrs. take down the shutter so that the plant is illuminated ; no sunshine must be admitted, otherwise the temperature of the room will be affected. The period of illumination should last 3 hours, when the shutters should be once more closed. In this experiment it is important to take readings of the wet- and dry-bulb thermometers occasionally, both during the dark and the light period.

(188) Light.

Vines1 has shown that light has a retarding effect on the growth of Phycomyces. A ripe sporangium is allowed to burst in a watch-glass of water and a few drops are placed, by means of a needle, on a thick slice of bread, which should be previously steamed to roughly sterilise it. The bread is placed in a saucer containing a little water and covered with a flat-sided glass cover. It is now placed on an apparatus by which it is kept revolving once in 30 minutes on a vertical axis, so as to avoid heliotropic curvatures2. If the hyphse are growing vigorously readings may be taken every 15 minutes for an hour, and afterwards at intervals of 30 minutes. When sufficient readings have been taken to indicate the course of the growth-rate, i.e. to ascertain whether the rate is steady,

1 Sachs' Arbeiten, n. p. 133.

2 We use a drum turning on a strong steel axis and driven by an endless band connected with a pulley driven by clockwork.

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or increasing or decreasing, the culture is darkened by a. thick cardboard cover placed over the glass. The rotation should be continued and temperatures taken by a thermometer of which the bulb is inside the glass vessel covering the fungus. It is a good plan to wet the cardboard cover on the outside, so that the temperature during the dark period may be slightly cooler than during the period of illumination. After half-an-hour or an hour the dark cover is removed and the fungus allowed to grow in light for an hour, during which its growth should be noted once or twice. The rate of growth in the dark should differ from that in the light by something like 20 p.c.

(189) Light.

The effect of light on the growth of roots should also be demonstrated on the apheliotropic roots of Sinajris alba, on account of the interest of the fact in relation to the theories of heliotropic curvature1. The seedling mustards are supported by plugs of cotton-wool in holes in a cork plate so that the roots dip in water.

The details of the experiment are practically the same as in exp. 188, but the periods of light and dark should be longer, say 2 or 3 hours.

(190) Periodicity.

A Narcissus kept for 24 hrs. in the dark room will record its periodic changes in growth-rate. This will probably not be evident on merely inspecting the tracing on the drum; a curve representing growth must therefore be drawn on a fairly large scale.

1 Francis Darwin, Ueber das Waclisthum negativ heliotropisclm Wurzeln. Sachs' Arbeiten, n. p. 521.

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Section A. Geotropism.

Section B. Decapitation experiments, curvatures due to injury, to contact, to unequal turgidity, to flaccidity.

Section 0. Heliotropism.

Section D. Diahelioiropism, Diageotropism, epinasty, nutation of epicotyls.

Section A. Geotropism.

(191) Region of curvature coincident with region of growth.

If the curvature is to be observed in damp air a bean-root of not more than 15 mm. in length answers best. It should be marked at intervals of 2 mm. and pinned to the lid of a stoppered jar half full of water; the jar should be occasionally inverted for a moment or two so as to thoroughly wet the seedling and the cork. After 12 hours measure the distance between the marks, which gives the region of greatest growth, and note the


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position of the greatest curvature. It is however better to let the root grow in damp sawdust behind glass. The glass wall is not vertical but slopes at au angle of about 80°; the advantage of the sloping wall is that the root, in its attempt to grow vertically down, is closely pressed against the glass, and is visible from the outside. The marks must be made on the side which comes against the glass. The figure p. 387 of Sachs' paper (Arbeiten, I.) should be consulted.

(192) Region of curvature,

In summer any rapidly growing vertical shoots will serve. Cabbage-shoots answer well, also the stems of valerian1. They should be marked at intervals of 10 mm. and may be either fixed by means of bored and split corks in bottles of water, or into an embankment of wet sand in the angle of a tin box, the air being kept thoroughly damp by wet sand sprinkled over the whole of the bottom. At a temperature of about 20° 0. curvature will be well marked in 3 hours, when the form of curve should be noted and the distance between the marks measured. A strip of thin sheet-lead makes a useful scale by which to measure the distance between the marks, since it can be easily applied to the curved surface, and retains its curvature. Rothert2 recommends strips cut from the paper used for Richard's Thermograph. The lines are said to be fine and at accurately equal distances.

1 In winter young sunflower seedlings may be used.

2 XJeber Heliotropismus. Breslau, 1894, p. "20.

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(193) Subsequent change in the form of curvature1.

If specimens prepared as in exp. 192 are left undisturbed for some hours longer, the free end of the shoot will be carried far beyond the vertical. A record of this movement and the subsequent return to the vertical may be made, by using a box with one vertical glass wall; if the shoot is fixed (in a sand-embankment) so that it is close to the glass, its changes of form can be traced with a paint-brush filled with black varnish on the glass. Sachs' large diagrams published with Vol. III. of his Arbeiten should be consulted.

(194) Grass-haulms'1.

Cut a grass-haulm which is vertical and in which the pulvinus has not curved. Mark the pulvinus on two opposite faces by means of dots some 2 or 3 mm. apart. Having measured the distance between the marks, push the haulm horizontally into a sand-embankment in a tin box so that one set of marks are above, the other below. After 24 hours or more the haulm will have bent at the pulvinus, when the marks must be again measured. The lower surface will have increased greatly in length while the upper surface has become shorter.

Note the pale colour of the lower half of the pulvinus; and if the pulvinus is a hairy one, note the divergence of the hairs below and their convergence above.

1 Sachs' Collected Papers, n. p. 967 (from Flora, 1874).

2 Sachs' Collected Papers, n. p. 958 (from the Arbeiten, i.).

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(195) Noll's experiment1.

Noll's method is to fix a grass-haulm into a glass tube so narrow that it only just fits, and to leave it horizontal in damp air. The pulvinus cannot curve, but the lower half of the pulvinus grows out into curious excrescences. We arrange the experiment differently. Cut a groove in a block of cork about 5 mm. wide and 5 deep. Arrange 3 or 4 grass stalks on the cork so that they lie across the groove with the pulvinus of each over the groove. Fix them in place by two sheets of cork, one of which pins down the stalks on one side of the groove, while the second sheet fixes the parts of the stalks on the opposite side. The whole arrangement is put in a tin box half-full of wet sawdust for 5 or 6 days, when the result should be clear.

(196) Free oxygen necessary.

The bean, which should have a short root (15 mm.), is pinned in the vertical position to the lower surface of a rubber cork fitting tightly into the ground neck of a small bottle. Hydrogen is passed through the bottle for about 2 hours to replace the contained air. The bottle is then placed on its side so that the root is horizontal. The tube connecting with the hydrogen-generator is kept open while the outflow tube by which the hydrogen current escaped from the bottle is shut; in consequence of this arrangement the only leakage that can occur is an escape of hydrogen. After 24 hours, during which no

1 Sachs' Arbeiten, in. p. 509.

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geotropic curvature should occur, the hydrogen is replaced by air, when the root will bend downwards.

(197) Oxygen necessary.

The same result may be more simply obtained by keeping seedling beans completely submerged while control specimens are in damp air, or just touching the surface of the water. The geotropic curvature is absent in the case of the submerged specimens.

(198) Johnson's experiment1.

The interest of this experiment (in which a root does external work during geotropic curvature) is now somewhat historical. Its original object was to demonstrate "the unsatisfactory nature of the theories proposed to account for the descent of the radicle2," i.e. to show that the root does not bend by mere plasticity. A method of performing the experiment is shown in Pfeffer's Plujsiologie, Vol. n. p. 320, fig. 36.

A similar experiment may be more simply arranged in which the resistance is given by a spring. A pin is driven vertically into the inside of the lid of a jar, and from the lower end of the pin a thin copper wire projects horizontally; at the end of the wire a small cork plate, grooved on its upper surface, is fixed horizontally. A bean is now pinned to the lid so that its root projects horizontally and rests in the groove; as the root curves down it overcomes the elasticity of the wire. The cotyledons and

> Edinb. New Phil. Journal, 1829, p. 312. 2 From the title of Johnson's paper.

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base of the root should be kept damp by a strip of filter-paper hanging over the seed like a rider and dipping into the water below.

(199) Pinot's experiment1.

This experiment is the same in principle as the last, but the resistance is supplied by the descent of the root into mercury. The arrangement of the experiment is shown in Sachs' paper on the growth of roots2. A shallow dish of 6—8 cm. in diameter is filled with mercury to a depth of 2—3 cm., on which is a layer of water 5—6 mm. in thickness. A split cork is firmly jammed like a rider on the edge of the dish, and to it a bean is pinned so that the root lies horizontally in the water just touching the surface of the mercury. The whole arrangement is covered with a bell-jar and left for 24—48 hours. Another way of fixing the bean, which we find convenient, is simply to support the pin, on which the cotyledons are impaled, in a clamp attached to a small heavy stand. We usually keep the cotyledons wet with a strip of filter-paper dipping into the water.

(200) Knight's experiment3.

Sachs figures4 an apparatus which any one can construct for himself, and by which it may be demonstrated

1 Ann. Sci. Nat., series 1, T. xvn. 1829 (Bibliography, p. 94). See also Hofmeister in Pringsheim's Jahrbiicher, Vol. hi. p. 105.

2 Arbeiten, I. p. 452, fig. 14. s Phil. Trans. 1806.

4 Physiologie (French Trans.), p. 124.

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that the geotropic parts of plants bend in relation to centrifugal force.

Another simple plan is to use a water-wheel driven by a strong fine jet of water directed against the wheel from the water-tap. The wheel should stand in a sink fitted with a cover; in this way,—with the help of the spray from the wheel—the experimental plants are kept thoroughly damp.

We use an apparatus designed by Mr H. Darwin. A disc covered with a thick layer of cork is attached to a horizontal axis turning on bicycle ball-bearings. It turns with ease and is driven at considerable velocity by an endless band from a turbine. The experimental plants are kept damp by a bell-jar which is not attached to the revolving disc, but fits by its broad ground edge against a fixed vertical metal plate, through which the axis passes. The space in which the plants rotate is not therefore absolutely closed, but the air can be kept sufficiently damp for practical purposes. The most serious drawback to the apparatus is that the plants are subjected to a current of air produced by their own rotation. This evil has been fairly well overcome by a four-armed fan attached to the disc, and dividing the space inside the bell into four compartments; as the fan rotates, the air within the bell-jar is carried round with the plants.

To use the apparatus it is only necessary to pin seedling beans so that the root lies tangentially; each bean must be fixed on two pins firmly driven into the cork. They should be fixed near the circumference of the

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disc, but it must be remembered that the roots will curve away from the centre of rotation; allowance must therefore be made for their growth in that direction. Roots curve perfectly well even when covered by a layer of wet sponge pinned completely over them, an arrangement which insures their being kept damp.

The scape of Taraxacum or cabbage-shoots may be used for apogeotropic curvature. Each shoot is fixed in a bored cork through which, and through the contained shoot, two strong pins are forced into the cork.

It is well to devote one quarter of the space inside the bell-jar to a piece of dripping wet sponge pinned firmly to the cork; this serves to keep the air moist.

The apparatus should be made to turn at 600 or 700 revolutions a minute which gives a centrifugal force equal to about six times gravity1, when the experimental plants are at a convenient distance from the centre.

In from 12 to 24 hours a good result should be obtained.

In Pfeffer's laboratory an instrument is used2 which has the advantage of giving a high centrifugal force without excessive rapidity of rotation. The rotating body being 150 cm. in diameter, it is possible to fix plants at various distances, up to 75 cm. from the centre of rotation, and thus to experiment with a graduated series of stimuli at the same time.

1 It is convenient to kgep a table from which the centrifugal force can at once be calculated from the revolutions per minute and the distance of the plant from the centre of rotation.

2 See Fr. Schwarz, in Untersuchuiigen aus dem botan. Institut zu Tiibingen, I. 1881, p. 57.

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(201) Sudden curvature1.

AVhen a growing shoot is prevented from curving apogeotropically, the gravitation stimulus nevertheless produces some change, so that when freed from constraint the shoot suddenly bends upwards.

The constraint may be applied by placing the shoots horizontally on a shallow layer of damp sawdust, and keeping them down with a sheet of plate-glass. Or they may be fixed to a sheet of cork by pins crossing over the shoot like an X, one such fastening being placed at each end and one in the middle; the cork must then be placed in damp air for some 6 hours, when the plants may be unpinned.

(202) After-effect.

A turgescent shoot is fixed by means of a cork into a bottle of water so placed that the shoot projects horizontally. A needle to serve as an index is fixed in the free end of the shoot and its position recorded on a vertical scale. After about an hour,—or when the shoot has begun to curve apogeotropically,—the bottle is rotated on its axis through 180°, so that the plane of curvature remains vertical, but what was the upper side of the shoot is now the lower. The index will now travel downwards over the scale, owing to the continuance of the curvature induced by the gravitation stimulus. It will finally come to rest and will at last curve up in the opposite direction2.

1 Sachs' Arbeiten, i. p. 201.

2 Sachs' Collected Papers, n. p. 9GG (from Flora, 1874).

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(203) After-effects recorded on a rotating surface.

The movements described at the end of exp. 202 may be made to record themselves in the following way.


Fig. 31. Exp. 203.

The writer (fig. 31) is made of two light pieces of wood, the horizontal piece ends in a pointed piece of platinum foil, while the vertical piece ends in a loop of cotton by which it is attached to the shoot. By twisting the loop it is easy to make the foil press lightly against the smoked paper of a revolving drum1; the T piece being light (about 0-2 gram) it does not interfere with the geotropic action. In a typical exjieriment of this sort the primary geotropic rise lasted 4 hours, the after-effect 2 hours. Then came 2 hours in which the index was stationary; finally it rose once more, beginning very slowly.

1 Or unsmoked paper may be used with a Dittmar writer.

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Section B. Curvatures due to injury, contact, etc.

(204) Decapitation of roots*.

Select 10 healthy germinating beans with straight roots growing vertically downwards. From 5 of them cut off 1 mm. measured from the extremity of the root-cap: the amputation must be made by a strictly transverse section, and the amputated point should include part of the growing point. Place the 10 beans horizontally in damp sawdust for 12 to 18 hours at a temperature of 15°—16° C. and compare the amount of geotropic curvature.

The result is not quite constant, it may however be safely said that decapitation prevents or greatly diminishes geotropic curvature2.

(205) Decapitation prevents the perception of the stimulus. Place 10 beans horizontally in damp sawdust for

1| hours; the tips (1^ mm.) are now amputated and the roots embedded vertically in damp sawdust. After 12 hours the roots, or most of them, will be found to be curved laterally towards the side which was downwards during the period (1| hr.) during which they were kept horizontal. This shows that amputation does not interfere with the carrying out of an induced curvature, so that the absence of geotropism in exp. 204 must be due to a disturbance of the capability of being stimulated.

1 Ciesielski, Abwlirtskrummung der Wurzel. Inaug. Dissert. Breslau, 1371. Power of Movement, Tp. 523.

2 A good deal of literature exists on this point and on the facts given in exp. 207. References are to be found in Frank's Lehrbuch der Botanik, i. p. 477.

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(205 a) Pfeffer's experiment.

The final proof that the root-tip alone is sensitive to the gravitation-stimulus has been given by Pfeffer1 and by his pupil Czapek2: the following instructions are taken from their publications.

As material, the authors recommend Vicia faba and Lupinus, the latter being more sensitive but also more liable to accidental curvatures. A number of glass tubes in which the roots are to be constrained to grow into a desired form must first be prepared. These are L-shaped, one end being closed, the other open; their total length is 3 mm. and they weigh about 30 milligrams. Czapek sa}rs they are easily made by drawing out a thick-walled tube of soft glass in the blowpipe: the rectangular bend is got by heating a very short region, care being taken to avoid narrowing the bore by a sudden bend. One limb of the tube is closed in the blowpipe at 1*5 mm. from the angle, the other limb broken across at the same length, the edges being afterwards rounded in the flame. The bore of the tube must depend on the size of the roots used, and it is important that the tubes should not fit too closely.

The caps are cemented to a sheet of cork, to which seedling beans, lupins, &c. are pinned in such a way that the tip of each root is contained in the open limb of a L tube, and reaches nearly to the bending place. The cork plate

1 British Association, August, 1894, Annals of Botany, vin. Sept. 1894, p. 317.

2 Jahrb. f. wiss. Bot., xxvn. 1895, p. 243: also Band xxxv., 1900, p. 313.

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is now fixed to a klinostat and kept in slow rotation in damp air for 8 to 12 hours. The gravitation-stimulus being removed by the use of the klinostat, the roots grow freely into the glass tubes and are forced to assume their form: thus each root has a sharp rectangular bend at 1'5 mm. from its tip. If the experiment has been properly done the tubes should fit the roots so loosely that they can be taken off and replaced with ease: this is said to be a condition of success.

The specimens having been removed from the cork plate, they should be fixed (the tubes still attached) in various positions. If the terminal 1*5 mm. is vertical and the basal part of the root horizontal, no geotropic curve occurs, although the root grows vigorously. The part of the root within the horizontal limb of the tube is displaced by the new growth within the tube and gradually emerges from the tube. The fact that the growth of the root continues horizontally seems only explicable by the supposition that the tip of the root alone is geotropically sensitive, and since this points vertically downwards it is in a satisfied condition, without any tendency to curvature. Other specimens should be fixed with the terminal 1*5 mm. horizontal; under these conditions the vertical portion of the root outside the tube bends laterally until the tip of the root is vertical. In this experiment the cotyledons may be above, the main axis of the root pointing vertically downwards, or vice versa, the root may be directed upwards. For the different form of the subsequent curvature in the two cases, Czapek's figs. 2 and 3 should be consulted.

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(206) Localisation of sensitive region in Sorghum1. Seeds of Sorghum sp. or oiSetaria italica (see Exp. 215)

are sown in cocoa-fibre and may be used as soon as the hypocotyl is fairly grown. Provide glass tubes of such a size that the cotyledons will fit tightly into them : in the case of Sorghum pieces of straw may be found more convenient than glass. The tubes are to be fixed horizontally on a cork which is fixed by a vertical pin to the inside of the stopper of a large glass jar. The jar must be kept in a warm dark place. After a day or two the hypocotyls will be curled up into circles or spirals, because the cotyledons being the sensitive region, the gravitation-stimulus continues to act, and therefore the hypocotyl continues to bend. By way of a control experiment other seedlings of Sorghu?n or Setaria should be fixed horizontally, not supported by the cotyledons but by the seed. In this case the hypocotyl will bend until the cotyledons are vertical, when the gravitation-stimulus will cease to act, and therefore growth will continue upwards in a vertical direction.

(207) Curvature induced by contact, injury, <&c.2.

If the tip of a bean root is amputated by an oblique cut with a razor, so that the growing point is laterally injured, the root curves away from the injured side. The beans should be pinned to the lid of a jar and may be grown either in damp air or with the tips in water. It is important that the temperature should not exceed 16° C.

A similar curvature may be produced by contact. Minute squares (lo mm. x 1"5) of cardboard or of very

1 Francis Darwin, Annals of Botany, Vol. xin. 1 Power of Movement, Chap. in.

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fine sand-paper (which adheres well) are to be fixed to the tips of bean roots by a thin layer of strong shellac varnish which sets hard very quickly. It is important that the squares of card should be attached to the slope of the root-apex, and that they should be either on the right or left of the root-tip : if they are on the anterior or posterior face of the root, the resulting curvature will be in the plane of the cotyledons and therefore liable to be interfered with by Sachs' curvature which occurs in the same plane. The side on which the card must be placed will be understood from Fig. 33, which represents bean roots with cards attached, and showing various degrees of curvature.

Fig. 33. Exp. 207. (From The Power of Movement, fig. 6-j, p. 134.)


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(208) Giesielski's experiment1.

This experiment is of interest in relation to the mechanism of growth-curvatures because it shows that curvatures might conceivably arise through unequal turgescence of the two sides of a plant-member.

Take a germinating bean with rather a long root, say 40—45 mm., and let it lie on the table for a minute or two, so that it may begin to wither. Impale the seed on a pin transversely to the plane of the cotyledons, and fix the pin in a clamp so that the root is horizontal and 1—2 mm. above a surface of water. Then gently bend the root downwards till its lower surface and the water meet. In a few minutes the tip of the root will be seen to be rearing itself into the air, which is due to the increased turgescence of the lower surface of the root.

The same result may be obtained to a still more marked degree if the root is rendered flaccid by immersion in 5 0/0 NaCl solution before being placed in contact with the surface of water.

(209) Drooping of leaves during a frost2.

In connection with some of the older theories on the mechanism of growth curvature (see exp. 198, p. 167) it is of interest to note that flaccidity may be a cause of curvature. The leaves of the laurel, Prunus laurocerasus, and of the Portugal laurel, P. lusitanica, droop in a striking way during sharp frost. If a branch is brought into a warm

1 Ciesielski's Ereslau Dissertation, 1871, quoted by Sachs (Arbeiten, i. p. 219). See also Sachs, loc. cit. p. 398.

2 Moll, Archives Neerlandaisen, T. xv. p. 13 of separate copy.

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room the leaves rapidly assume a normal position. The droop is due to a sharp curvature in the petiole: if leaves are cut and placed in lukewarm water the straightening of the petiole occurs at once and is clearly visible

Fig. 34 Exp. 209.

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probable that these movements are due to flaccidity, because if a branch is fixed so that its axis points vertically downwards the leaves still sink during frost; in this case the sharp curve of the petiole does not take place and the position of the leaves with regard to the branch is quite different1.

Section C. Heliotropism. (210) Heliotropic curvature.

Positive heliotropism may be observed with the hypocotyls of mustard (Sinapis alba), or with seedlings of Canary grass (Phalaris canariensis), which latter are extremely sensitive to small differences of illumination2.

Sow Phalaris in a small pot and let the soil be level with the rim of the pot, which would otherwise shade the plants. Place the pot on a plate of sand and cover it with-an inverted cylinder of cardboard or zinc-plate, the edge of which rests in the sand, and keep it in a dark room. When the seedlings are some 10 mm. in height, remove the cylinder and let them be exposed to a small gas-flame at a distance of about 10 feet. The light should be so faint that when the observer stands by the plants he cannot read the figures on his watch, and cannot distinguish any shadow cast by a pencil on white paper. The dark room should have walls, ceiling and floor of

1 During frost the curious downward curvature of the branches of the lime (Tilia) should be noticed : frozen branches assume their normal form when they are brought into a warm room. See Caspar}-, Report of Internal. Hort. Exhibition, I860, also Gelezuow, Bull. Acad. Petersburg, 1872.

2 Power of Movement, j>. 455.

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a dead unvarnished black, and care should be taken that there are no polished objects which might reflect light. The room should, moreover, have double doors separated from each other by a space, so that the observer may enter the room without admitting light.

The canary grass should be left for 8 or 10 hours, when a distinct heliotropic curvature should be visible.

(211) After-effect

After-effect may be observed in the same way mutatis mutandis as has been described for geotropisin (exjD. 202).

(212) Light of high refrangibility most effective1.

To expose plants to light of different refrangibility we use a box (blackened inside) whose lateral opening can be closed by a flat bottle: the bottles may be filled with various fluids and in this way the efficacy of different parts of the spectrum may be roughly tested2. The bottles must fit into grooves so that no light can enter the box except through the coloured fluid.

In one box, B, let the bottle contain a solution of potassium-bichromate, and let the bottle in C contain ammoniacal copper-sulphate. In each box place a pot of Sinapis seedlings which have been grown in complete darkness, and whose vertical hypocotyls are about 20 mm. in length, or Phalaris may be used. They may be examined after 4 to 6 hours, when a striking difference should be seen between A and B.

1 Wiesner, Heliotropische Erscheinungen im Pfianzenreiche. Dcnk-schr. d. k. Akad. Wien, 1878.

2 It is far more satisfactory, but not so easy, to use a pure spectrum.

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(213) Negative heliotropism.

Allow mustard seed to germinate in sawdust, which should be thrown lightly into the flower-pot, not pressed down, and should not be too wet. When the radicles are 15—20 mm. in length the seedlings are pulled out of the sawdust and placed with their roots in water. A disc of thin cork plate is pierced with holes of 5—6 mm. in diameter and is supported by 3 bent wires in the mouth of a glass beaker about 1—2 mm. above the surface of the water. The mustard seedlings are supported in the holes by little plugs of cotton-wool, and should be so arranged that the radicles are vertical. The beaker is then placed near the window in a box with a lateral opening. After a variable number of hours the roots will show a strong curvature from the light.

(214) Struggle betiveen the effects of light and gravitation.

Phycomyces is strongly heliotropic as well as apogeo-tropic; Elfving1 has shown that if the surface on which the spores are sown is illuminated from below by means of an oblique mirror, the hyphse grow downwards in obedience to the stimulus of light, but in opposition to their apogeotropic tendency. The bread on which the Phycomyces grows should be fixed to the inside of the cover of a stoppered jar. A little water should be poured into the jar to keep the air damp. The jar is then darkened, except below, by black material tied round it. It must be suspended vertically and placed near a window, with a

1 Acta Societatis Sc. Fenniie, T. xn. 18S0.

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good mirror so arranged that the bread is illuminated from below. The experiment may equally well be done with Phalaris canariensis.

(215) Transmitted stimulus1.

Sow Setaria italica in a pot in which the soil is level with the rim of the pot, and let it remain in absolute darkness for from 3 to 5 days, when the seedlings should be 12—15 mm. in height. In Setaria and some allied genera the seedlings are remarkable for the long hypocotyl on which the cotyledon is borne; heliotropic curvatures are produced by the bending of the hypocotyl, but the cotyledon alone is sensitive to lateral illumination, and when it is kept dark no heliotropic bend occurs, although the hypocotyl itself is lighted from one side. To darken the cotyledon small caps of tin-foil must be made in the following way. The foil is cut into squares of 8 x 8 mm. and these are rolled, each like a cigarette paper, round the base of a small pin from which the head has been cut. The pipes so made are closed by pinching them at one end with a forceps. The pinched part should be about 3 mm. in length and should be bent as well as pinched. The little hollow cylinders so constructed can be picked up with a forceps and slipped over the cotyledons of some 6—8 Setaria seedlings; the pot should then be exposed to lateral illumination. When time has been allowed for

1 See Power of Movement in Plants, Ch. rx, for experiments on Phalaris, &c. The observations on Setaria are given by Eothert in the Berichtc d. deut. hot. Ges., Jahrg. x, also in his work Ueber Heliotropismus Cohn's Beitrage, vir., 1894.

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heliotropic curvature to occur, the contrast between the capped seedlings, which remain upright, and the others, which are sharply bent towards the light, is striking.

Section D. Diaheliotropism, Diageotropism, Epinasty, Nutation of Epicotyls.

(216) Diaheliotropism or transverse heliotropism1.

Before proceeding to experiment in this subject, it is well to study the positions naturally assumed by leaves

Fio. 35. Exp. 216.

when obliquely illuminated. For this purpose plants

with decussate leaves are useful, e.g. Lamium album,

1 Frank, Natiirliche wagerechte MclUuny von Pftanzentheilcn (Leipzig), 1870.

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Syringa vulgaris, and especially the shrubby Veronicas such as V. traversi and salicifolia. The drawing, fig. 35, represents the position of the leaves of the latter species, the light being supposed to fall obliquely from the left. It will be seen that the leaf T which points towards the lighted side has a curve in its petiole which brings the surface of the leaf at right angles to the light; the leaf F is also at right angles to the light, but it is brought into that position by the petiole being above instead of below the horizon. The leaf 0, which points towards the observer1, is twisted on its petiole and thus reaches the position of maximum illumination by a third movement differing from those of either T or F. To observe the occurrence of the above movements it is only necessary to transplant a Lamium, or to fix a twig of Veronica in a bottle of water, the stem in either case being tied to an upright stick so that no curvatures, except those of the leaves, may occur. The angles made by the leaves with the horizon should be noted, and should again be measured after a few days.

(217) The movements due to specific sensitiveness.

It was at one time believed that the diaheliotropic position was simply the result of a balance struck between such opposing tendencies as apheliotropism, apogeotropism, epinasty, &c. &c, and that diaheliotropism as a specific form of sensitiveness was non-existent. This view has now given way to the belief that a leaf in placing itself

1 In the figure the leaf opposite to 0 has been removed to make the drawing clearer.

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at right angles to incident light is replying in a specific manner to stimulation, just as a positively heliotropic stem reacts in its specific way by placing itself parallel to incident light.

To illustrate this fact, plants must be subjected to one-sided illumination while kept in slow rotation on the klinostat.

We use the instrument designed by Mr H. Darwin and described by one of us1 in the year 1880.

The instrument is shown in fig. 36; the plant in a

Fig. 36. Exp. 217. Copied from the Linnean Society's Journal, 1880.

flower-pot is fixed in a wooden box B, which again is secured by the thumb-screw th to the plate pi: the box being cubical can be fixed either as shown in the figure or with the axis of the flower-pot at right angles to the spindle (k) of the klinostat. The plate pi is attached to the spindle k, which ends in a point turning in the

1 Francis Darwin, Linnean Society's Journal, Vol. xviii. p. 420. The original klinostat is described by Sachs in his Arbeiten, u. p. 214.

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upper end of the left-hand support s. The spindle is also supported at g on the friction wheel Jr. The spindle (with the plant attached) is made to rotate by means of a band of silk dr passing round the wheel w, and also round a pulley on one of the axles of the American watch -action clock c which1 is attached by means of the screw R to the support s. By passing the driving gear over the large pulley TF the spindle is made to rotate once in 30 minutes. We find that one turn in 20 minutes, which is the rate given by the smaller wheel w, is a convenient speed.

When a plant is fixed into the box B it naturally happens that the centre of gravity of the plant and flowerpot does not coincide with the spindle, so that the clock has varying amounts of work to do in different parts of the rotation. The Cambridge Scientific Instrument Co.'s klinostat has an arrangement by which the position of the weight can be altered until its centre of gravity is at the centre of rotation.

The mechanism is shown in fig. 37. The end of the spindle h terminates in a screw sc, which passes through the boss c and the disc-shaped plate d to which the boss is united. As long as the end of the spindle does not press against the brass plate n, the disc (and spindle with it) can slide in any direction parallel to n in a cylindrical cavity sp sunk in the wood plate pi, of which the floor is formed by n, and the roof by the brass plate m. The latter plate is attached to the wooden plate pi, and is pierced by the hole hh. The edges of this hole limit the 1 In the figure the clock has been simplified.

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amount of excentric movement of the spindle. If the screw sc is made to project through the disc and press against n, the disc is forced against m and the spindle is secured in an excentric position.

To get the weight to balance about the spindle the following is the best plan. The screw sc is loosened enough to allow the disc d to be moved by the application of force, but not enough to allow it to slip by the weight of the plant. The plant is allowed to take up its natural position, which will be with its heavier side downwards: the box is then lifted by a hand placed under it, until the spindle no longer touches the friction wheel, and the boss c (fig. 37) is struck vertically from above with a hammer. The spindle having been thus displaced in the right direction, is replaced on the friction wheel and its state of balance is tested. The hammering must be repeated until, when the spindle is made to rotate, it has no marked tendency to come to rest in one position rather than another.

The clock can be rotated in the vertical plane by turning on the screw M, and thus the driving gear can be tightened or slackened. When a new loop of silk has to be adjusted on the wheel, or when any operation connected with the experiment has to be performed, the clock should always be stopped by inserting into the balance wheel one

Fig. 37. Exp. 217. Copied from the Linnean Society's Journal, 1880.

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end of a bit of lead wire, of which the other end rests on the board b. If this precaution is neglected the loop of silk may become entangled in the clock wheels, or the clock may be forcibly stopped by touching one of the wheels in such a way that the escapement becomes fixed; and this never happens if the balance-wheel is stopped as above described. If proper care is taken a box of earth and plant weighing together 1000 grams may easily be kept in constant rotation. If the apparatus seems at all top-heavy a heavy weight wt, fig. 36, may be placed on the board.

For experiments on diaheliotropism Ranunculus ficaria is useful, as it is obtainable early in the year and grows healthily indoors. We cultivate Ficaria by wrapping the roots in wet cotton-wool protected by a covering of india-rubber cloth. The plants so treated are fixed by means of large pins to a cork disc taking the place of the box B in fig. 36. The klinostat is placed as close as possible to the window, and it is desirable, though not necessary, to keep extraneous light away by a black curtain hung behind and at the sides of the apparatus.

The following fundamental experiments should be performed1.

(i) When a Ficaria plant is dug up, its leaves freed from the resistance of the soil, curve (epinastically) strongly downwards. If such a plant is fixed with its axis horizontal and parallel to the spindle of the klinostat, and if the

1 See F. Darwin, loc. cit.; also Vochting, Hot. Zeitung, 1888; Krabbe, Pringslieim's Jahrbiiclier, Vol. n.; Schwendener and Krabbe, K. Preuss. Akud. Jbhand. 1892.

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klinostat is placed with the spindle at right angles to the plane of the window, the leaves will be pointing almost directly away from the light. The angular divergence from the vertical of a few leaves having been noted the klinostat is set in movement. After two or three days it will be found that the leaves have curved towards the light, and that they have come to rest in such a position that the laminae are roughly vertical, i.e. at right angles to the horizontal illumination from the window1.

(ii) Dig up a Ficaria with a large ball of earth (so that the epinastic curve cannot occur), and place it in the dark, in which case the leaves will bend upwards. Leave it in the dark until the leaves are about 45° above the horizon, and fix it on the klinostat precisely as described for (i). The leaves will now be pointing more or less towards the light, and in two or three days they will have curved away from the light until their blades are approximately vertical.

(iii) In this experiment the klinostat stands as in (i) and (ii), but the plant is arranged so that its axis is at right angles to the spindle. The leaves behave in the same way as if the plant was stationary, that is to say, those pointing towards the light curve downwards, while those pointing away from the light move upwards until the lamina? of both are at right angles to incident light2.

1 Strictly speaking it is the resultant of the illumination which gives the effect of horizontal light. See F. Darwin, loc. cit. p. 427.

2 Into the difficult question of the behaviour of the lateral leaves on the klinostat we do not propose to enter.

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(217 a) Exclusion of both heliotropic and geotropic curvature.

If the klinostat is arranged so that the spindle is parallel to the plane of the window, heliotropic as well as geotropic effects are avoided. This may be simply shown by keeping a pot of seedlings rotating for a day or two, and observing that they do not curve but remain straight.

(218) Rectipetality.

A pot of young mustard seedlings (Sinapis) which have been grown in the dark is placed on a klinostat placed in a darkened room. The clock is stopped and the plants allowed to remain in one position in the dark, until a measurable geotropic curvature is produced. The clock is then set in motion and after 24 to 36 hours the curvature is found to be greatly diminished or to have quite disappeared. This automatic recovery from growth-curvature has been named rectipetality by Vochting1.

(219) Mode of action of the klinostat.

Two views are possible as to the mode of action of the klinostat. It might be supposed that the plant does not curve geotropically (or heliotropically as the case may be) because it never has time to perceive the stimuli. Or, it might be supposed that the stimulus is perceived but

1 Die Bewegungen der BUithen und Fruchte, 1S82.

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is equalty distributed. An experiment of Elfving's1 shows that, in some cases at least; the latter is the explanation. If a grass-haulm which has finished growing is kept in a vertical position, the pulvinus undergoes no change, but growth does take place in the pulvinus of a grass-haulm kept in slow rotation on the klinostat. This seems to prove that just as the gravitation-stimulus acting on a horizontal stationary pulvinus produces one-sided growth, so an equally distributed stimulus produces a symmetrical growth, i.e. a simple increase in length of the pulvinus. The pulvini must be marked, and measured microscopically, and they may then be fixed inside a large corked test-tube and kept in rotation for 3 or 4 days. If the test-tube contains a little water the haulms will be kept sufficiently damp. As a control, similar haulms must be placed vertically in a stationary test-tube. This precaution is necessary because the pulvini may not have completed their growth so that the control specimens will show a certain amount of elongation.

(220) The peg or heel of Cucurbita.

A similar conclusion may be drawn from the behaviour of germinating cucurbits on the klinostat. When a seed of Cuciwbita ovifera (vegetable marrow) is allowed to germinate in normal conditions the well-known peg or heel, shown in fig. 38, A-, is developed on the

1 Ofversigt af Finska Veteiiskaps Societets Forhandlingar, 1881.

2 Fig. 30 A is from the Power of Movement in Plants, p. 102.

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physically lower side of the radicle. But if the seeds are kept in slow rotation on the klinostat until they ger-

Fig. 38. Exp. 220.

minate, the peg is not developed laterally, but like a frill all round, as shown in fig. 38, B.

(221) Diageotropism or transverse geotropisms1.

A bean, in which the secondary roots are just beginning to appear, is placed in damp sawdust in one of Sachs' trough-like glass vessels (see exp. 191). It must be placed close to the glass so that the behaviour of the secondary roots can be seen from outside. The trough is placed in the dark and the slightly oblique direction in which the secondary roots grow must be noted. If it is desired to keep a permanent record of the experiment,

1 Elfving (Sachs' Arbeiten, n. p. 489) used the runners of Eleocharit, Sparganium and Scirpus maritimus for similar experiments on diageo-tropism.

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the position of the roots should be traced on the outside of the glass with a paint-brush filled with white paint or some clearly visible bright colour, such as vermilion1. One end of the trough must now be raised on a wooden block, so that the edge of the trough makes an angle of about 45° or 50° with the horizon, and the curvature of the secondary roots, by which they return to their original position with regard to the horizontal, must be noted.

(222) Growth of secondary roots in light.

If the trough is left exposed to light instead of being kept in the dark room the secondary roots grow more obliquely downwards2. The same thing may, according to Stahl, be observed in the runners of Adoxa moschatellina. This is not due to a directive influence of light, it is rather that light influences the mode of reaction to the gravitation-stimulus. A somewhat similar state of things is described in exp. 229.

(223) Biageotropic flowers.

The horizontal position assumed by the corolla-tube of various species of Narcissus is due to diageotropism". The movement may be easily observed in Narcissus poeticus by using either flowers attached to the plant or cut specimen placed in water as shown in fig. 39. Select a specimen in which the scape is vertical and the corolla-tube approximately horizontal: place it (not necessarily

1 Sachs, Collected Papers, u. p. 885 (from the Arbeiten, i).

s Stahl, Berichte d. deut. bot. Gesellsch. 1884.

8 Vochting, Bewegungen der Bliithen und Friichte, 1882.

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in the dark) in a position so that the corolla-tube is 45° below the horizon. The curvature of the flower-scape will begin to diminish and the corolla-tube will, in about 24 hours, become once more horizontal, as shown in the figure,

Fig. 39. Exp. 223.

in which the dotted Hue D gives the position from which the flower has risen. The angle made by the corolla with the horizon may be roughly measured, as shown in the figure, by means of a graduated semicircle of cardboard Q to the centre of which a plummet P is suspended. The zero should be in the centre of the arc and the graduations should run from 0° to 90° in either direction.

It is of interest to note that although the curvature is diageotropic, yet that light has a directive influence on the flower1. The flower-buds of Narcissus are at first directed vertically upwards, and the direction in which they bend, in assuming the horizontal position, is de-

1 Voehting, loc. cit.


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temiined by light, although the amount of such movement is regulated by the gravitation-stimulus.

(224) Horizontal branches.

The horizontal position assumed by some branches is according to Frank1 due to diageotropism. The following observations are worth making although they leave it undecided whether the horizontal position is due to light-or gravitation-stimulus.

.In the spring the developing buds of the hazel (Corylus), hornbeam (Carpinus), elm (JJlnius), and lime (Tilia) are curved so as to point downwards, and as further development proceeds they move up into a horizontal position. Select a horizontal branch of one of the above plants in which the terminal bud is directed vertically downwards, and fix the branch vertically upwards so that the bud is horizontal. It will be found that in this case the curvature of the bud remains unchanged, so that the branch into which it develops is at right angles to the older part of the branch with which it is continuous.

(225) Torsion of internocles.

In many plants, as Frank has shown1, the arrangement of the leaves on the adult horizontal branches is normally and regularly produced by torsion of the internodes. This is the case with Weigelia, Symphoricarpus, Philadel-phus coronaria, and some species of Lonicera. The original decussation of the leaves is plainly seen in the

1 Frank, Die natiirliche wagerechte Richtung, etc., 1870.

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developing buds, but when the internodal twist has taken place in a complete manner (which is not always the case) the decussation disappears, and the leaves seem to be arranged in two instead of four ranks.

(226) The buds of the yew {Taxus).

In the young leaf-bud of the yew it will be seen that the morphologically upper surfaces of all the leaves are directed towards the centre. Since the shoot grows horizontally it is clear that the leaves growing on its upper surface must twist on their petioles in order that their upper surface may face upwards1. If a yew branch bearing quite young buds is fixed in a horizontal position with its lower surface upwards, the twisting of the leaves takes place precisely as it does in a normal branch. Thus the shoot, although in the arrangement of its leaves it resembles a normal shoot, really developes with its morphologically upper side downwards. In this respect it differs from the shoots of the hazel, lime, etc. in which an inverted shoot recovers its normal position by means of torsion of the internodes. The best way of fixing the yew branch in its inverted position is not to twist it on its axis but to bend over a horizontal branch into a C form, until its free end is inverted but horizontal ; it can be fixed in this position by being tied in two places to a stick fixed into the earth. The torsion of the leaves requires several weeks for completion.

1 See a good figure of Abies pcctinata in Frank's Lehrbuch der Botanik, 1892, i. p. 475.

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(227) Epinasty1.

This curvature (due to internal stimulus) may be observed in a variety of plant-members. The strong epinastic curvature of the leaves of Ranunculus ficaria has been made use of in exp. 217, and similar curvatures by which the leaves are pressed against the ground are to be seen in Plantago media and in Pinguicula.

(228) Combination of epinasty and geotropism\

The leaves of the dock (Rumex) serve for this experiment. Gather 6 or 8 leaves and with a knife free the lamina from the midrib3, and cut off the apical third of the midribs; now fix the basal § of the midribs horizontally in an embankment of wet sand, piled up in the angle of a tin box which must have a close-fitting lid. Let half the number of midribs be in the normal position, while the remainder are reversed so that the upper surface of the midrib is downwards. After 24 hours it will be found that the latter, in which apogeotropism and epinasty combine, are far more curved than the normally placed midribs.

(229) Nutation of epicotyls.

An interesting feature in the curvature of the epicotyls

1 H. de Vries in Sachs' Arbeiten, i. p. 252; see also Vines, Annals of Botany, 1889.

2 H. de Vties in Sachs' Arbeiten, i. p. 255.

s Note that the curvature of the midrib increases ou being freed; this indicates a state of tension between the lamina and the midrib. See H. de Vries in Sachs' Arbeiten, i. p. 241.

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of some of the Leguminosse is the part played by light in the phenomenon. Wortmann1 has shown that the epi-cotyls of Phaseolus multiflorus remain curved in the dark and straighten when exposed to light. We use the vetch (Vicia sativa), in which the phenomenon is particularly striking, the darkened epicotyl being often curled into a comjjlete loop.

1 Bot. Zeitung, 1882, p. 913.

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Section A. Stimulus of contact, chemical agency, moisture, changes in illumination and in temperature.

Section B. Autonomous movements : Periodicity.

Section A. Stimulus of Contact, &c.

(230) Tendrils: sensitive to contact.

Among the most sensitive of tendrils are those of Sicyos angulatus, Passiflora gracilis and Echinocystis lobata: the common bryony {Bryonia dioica) is however more generally accessible, and being a native plant requires in ordinary summer weather no special arrangement with regard to temperature. Avoid the very young tendrils and select one with a slight hook at the end. With a pencil or rod rub the inside of the terminal part of the tendril for a minute. It will almost at once show signs of curvature, and will be strongly curved in 2 minutes,—so that for instance the terminal 15 mm. form a complete ring of 3 or 4 mm. in diameter.

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(231) Tendrils: Pfeffer's contact experiment.

Pfeffer1 has shown that only rough bodies which produce discontinuous pressure serve to stimulate tendrils, while perfectly smooth homogeneous bodies are not irritating.

Melt 2 sheets of Marshall's " Leaf Gelatine " in half a cupful of warm water2: dip into it while still hot a smooth wooden or glass rod about 3 mm. in diameter. In this way a length of 4 or 5 cm. must be thickly coated and allowed to cool thoroughly before use. The gelatine-coated rod, which must be kept as free from dust as possible, is now to be employed to touch the tendrils of Bryonia as described in exp. 230. It will be found that the tendrils show no signs of curving; they must now be touched with the uncoated part of the rod, to prove that the absence of movement is not due to want of sensitiveness.

On a windy day (if the experiment is made out-of-doors) it may be a little difficult to make sure that, in the first part of the experiment, the tendril does not come into contact with the uncoated part of the rod: it is for this reason that a good length of gelatine coating is recommended. The tendril can however easily be held still by touching its convex (insensitive) side with another gelatine rod; the slight stickiness of the gelatine fixes the tendril while the observer manipulates with the first rod.

1 Untersuckungen aus d. hot. Institut zu Tubingen, I. 1885, p. 483.

2 Pfeffer uses solutions containing from 5 to 14 per cent, of air-dry gelatine.

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(232) Mimosa: movements produced by stimulation.

The nature of the movements of Mimosa sensitiva may be seen by giving the plant a shake, when the main petioles will be seen to sink, the second petioles to move together, and the leaflets to close. If the plant is healthy, and is in a moist atmosphere and at a temperature of at least 16° C, the leaves will rapidly recover their former position and may again be irritated.

An individual leaf may be made to move by gently touching the pulvinus on the under side. Note that a touch on the upper side has no such effect. The period elapsing before the leaf recovers from the effect of the touch varies with the temperature; thus in one instance a leaf recovered in 8 min. at 23° C.; in from 12—15 min. at 18° 0.

If a lighted match is held beneath a pair of terminal leaflets they close and the passage of the stimulus may be traced by the closing of pair after pair of leaflets, until it reaches the point where the secondary petioles spring from the main leaf-stalk. The leaflets of the other secondary petioles close one after another in reverse order, i.e. beginning from the base. If the irritation is strong enough the main petiole sinks, and neighbouring leaves may also be affected.

Lastly, the whole plant may be stimulated by an irritant vapour such as that of ammonia. Place a watch-glass, containing liquor ammonia fortiss., diluted with half its volume of water, near the plant and cover it with a bell-jar. In a few minutes movements indicating

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stimulation begin in the leaves nearest the watch-glass: the bell should be then removed, as the plant is easily injured by ammonia.

(233) Mimosa; temperature.

On the bottom of a glass cylinder place a layer of wet sawdust in which a small Mimosa growing in a pot may be sunk; the cylinder is to be placed in a large inverted bell-jar filled with water of which the temperature can be varied by ice or by hot water as the case may be. The cylinder must be covered with a glass plate through a hole in which it is possible to touch the plant so as to test its sensitiveness. To get a clear result the temperature should be lowered from 20° C, at which the plant is thoroughly irritable, to 11° or 12° C, although the lower limit of irritability is about 15°. Cooling the air to this amount, by the addition of ice to the water in the bell-jar, is a tedious process, and it would probably be better to have a second bell-jar ready filled with iced water, to which the cylinder containing the plant might be transferred.

(234) Mimosa : effect of darkness.

If Mimosa is kept in the dark for several days it loses its sensitiveness. The plant should be kept in a damp atmosphere in a greenhouse at a temperature of at least 16°—17° 0. The best plan is to place the flower-pot in a tray of wet sawdust and to invert over it a tin cylinder, the rim of which should sink into the sawdust. We find that 4 or 5 days are needed to destroy sensitiveness. In

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one of Sachs' experiments1 a plant was placed in the dark at 9 p.m. Sept. 24, and on Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. sensitiveness had almost, and on 28th, quite disappeared. It was then exposed to light and took some days to recover.

(235) Mimosa: continued stimulation.

A light stick about 25 cm. in length is transfixed by a needle at about 6 cm. from one end; the ends of the needle are pushed into rubber corks, which are held in a clamp. Since the needle cannot turn easily in the rubber which supports its two ends, the stick will stand out horizontally: a slight blow on the short end of the lever makes the other end jump up, and the elasticity of the corks brings it back to its old position; if repeated blows are thus applied, the long arm will make corresponding beats upwards. These can be applied to the leaf of the Mimosa by a pin fixed at the end of the lever so as to strike the pulvinus across its longitudinal axis. The rhythmical blows are applied to the short end of the lever by drops of water falling from a height of SO cm. at the rate of 8 or 10 per minute.

With this arrangement the leaf falls at first, but as the blows are continued the petiole rises, and after 15 minutes is insensible not only to the light blow of the lever (otherwise it would not have risen) but also to a more severe disturbance.

The above method is a slight modification of Pfeffer's2. Another plan is to tie a thread to a branch of the plant,

1 Physiologie (French Trans.), p. 49.

2 Physiol. Untersucliniiyen, 1873, p. 57.

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the other end of the thread being attached to the pendulum of a metronome. In this way a rhythmical series of shocks are applied.

(236) Oxalis acetosella.

In the absence of Mimosa pudica the irritable leaves of Oxalis acetosella or of some of the other trifoliate species such as 0. striata or comiculata should be studied1; 0. rosea is remarkably sensitive. During the day the three leaflets are spread out horizontally; when irritated they sink downwards and may move through as much as 90°, though when not perfectly irritable or when not strongly stimulated the movement is often much less. They are not nearly so sensitive as the leaves of Mimosa, and a repeated or somewhat prolonged shaking of the flower-pot is needed to produce a good effect. Individual leaflets may be stimulated by rubbing the under-surface of the pulvinus. They recover slowly, as much as three-quarters of an hour or an hour being sometimes necessary. Xo transmission of stimulus from one leaflet to the next has as far as we know been observed. If leaves are placed in alcohol in the expanded and also in the contracted condition they retain their respective positions, according to Pfeffer, and if median longitudinal sections are made, the disappearance of the furrows on the upper side and their increase on the lower surface of the pulvinus can be seen in the contracted as compared with the expanded leaves2.

1 Pfeffer's Physiologische Untersuchungen, 1873, p. 09.

2 See Pfefler, loc. cit. p. 70 : see also his figures 5 and 6.

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(237) Oscalis: Brucke's experiment1.

Oxalis acetosella provides convenient material for the repetition of Brucke's classical experiment, by which it may be shown that the rigidity of the pulvinus diminishes after stimulation. Pfeffer's method2 is to fix the stalk of the leaf in a bottle of water by means of a bored cork, which is cut into a cone at its upper end so that the cork may come close up to the pulvinus and yet allow the leaflets room to fall. We prefer to cement the petiole to a vertical pin fixed into an ordinary flat-topped cork. A needle-point to act as an index is fixed at the heart-shaped extremity of the leaflet so as to form a continuation of the midrib. According to our observations the needle should be fairly heavy or the excursions of the leaflet are not large enough. A C-shaped piece is cut out of card, which is made to serve as a graduated arc, and it is fixed to the bottle so that the position of the leaflet can be recorded by means of the graduations. The first reading must be taken when the leaf is in its normal position, the bottle being held so that the leaflet is horizontal. The bottle is now turned over so that the leaflet is still horizontal but upside down, and a second reading is taken. If the pulvinus were absolutely rigid the first and second readings would coincide; as it is they differ by 5°—15°. The leaf being replaced in the first position, the pulvinus must be irritated by rubbing it on the lower surface, or by a blow or two on the leaflet.

1 Miiller's Archlv fiir Anatomic und Physioloijie, 1848, p. 434.

2 loc. cit. p. 74.

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After one or two minutes have elapsed to give time for the leaflet to sink, the above process of reading—reversing—and reading again must be gone through, when the angular movement will be considerably increased, and may be even double what it was before stimulation. The same specimen should be used to measure the rigidity of the leaflet in the nocturnal position. It will be found that the excursion is very much smaller at night,—something like \ of what it is in the day.

(238) Drosera: stimulated by meat.

The readiest way to observe the general character of the movement of the tentacles is to place a very minute fragment of raw meat on the gland of one of the outer ones; this usually causes strong inflection in 7 or 8 minutes, by which the meat is after a time carried to the centre of the leaf. The gland should be carefully watched under a lens in order that the time may be noted which elapses between stimulation and the beginning of the movement. An active leaf ought to show distinct movement in half-a-minute. In all experiments on Drosera leaves should be selected which have good drops of secretion on the glands, and which show a healthy red colour. Leaves which are too old are of a dark red and should be avoided.

(239) Drosera: irritated by contact with inorganic matter.

The tentacles may also be excited by other substances, e.g. by fragments of pounded glass placed on the glands. It is well to use coloured glass, so that it may be possible to see easily whether the fragments actually touch the

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glands or only rest in the secretion. In the latter case no movement occurs.

The glands are not sensitive to a single touch: the impact must be rapidly made, hut may be hard enough to bend the tentacle. Nor has the blow caused by falling drops of water any stimulating effect.

But water containing even the finest solid particles produces movement. This may be shown by placing half-a-dozen leaves in distilled water rendered milky by a little precipitated chalk, an equal number of leaves being placed in pure distilled water1 for comparison. In ten minutes the leaves in the emulsion should be well inflected.

In Darwin's Insectivorous Plants a number of experiments are given which show that excessively light bodies resting on the glands cause inflection. Pfeffer has however proved2, when sufficient care is taken to prevent the vibration of the room reaching the leaf, that a smooth particle of glass which is comparatively heavy may rest on the gland without producing movement of the tentacle.

(240) Brosera: inflection caused by dilute solutions*.

Very dilute solutions of ammonium phosphate cause inflection. Prepare with good distilled water a solution of ammonium phosphate in the proportion of 1 to 50,000 (2 centigrams to a liter). Fill 10 watch-glasses with the

1 Carefully distilled water should be used, and even this sometimes causes after a time a certain amount of inflection.

2 Vntersuchungen ans d. lot. Institut zu Tubingen, i. p. 513. 8 Insectivorous Plants, p. 153.

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solution and 10 others with the distilled water used in making the solution. In each glass place a healthy leaf, and examine them after an hour, when the phosphate leaves should show much inflection, whereas only a few isolated tentacles in the control leaves ought to have moved. A longer period than one hour may be required in some cases.

(241) Brosera: asymmetrical inflection.

If a particle of raw meat, or preferably a minute fragment of calcium phosphate, is placed in the middle of a leaf the exterior tentacles all bend towards the centre. If however the object is excentrically placed, e.g. halfway between the centre and circumference of the disc of the leaf, the tentacles no longer bend symmetrically towards the centre, but are plainly directed towards the phosphate1.

(242) Berberis (Mahonia) aquifolium: irritable stamens2.

The flowers do not easily lose their irritability; cut twigs in water may be used, or even isolated flowers, if only moderate care is used to prevent them withering. Some of the larger flowered species are more convenient to work with than those of B. aquifolium.

In the condition of repose the anthers lie in the bifid hoods of the petals: when the filaments are irritated they curve inwards, bringing the anthers close up to the stigma. To localise the irritable part, the anther should

1 See Insectivorous Plants, Fig. 10, p. 244. 3 Heckel, Comptes rendus, 1874, Vol. 78.

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first be gently stroked on both faces with a dissecting needle or mounted bristle. No movement occurs, but the filament springs in at once when touched on its inner face just below the anther. The outer surface of the filament is not sensitive except at its extreme base. To make sure of this the petals should be dissected off, an operation which requires a little care, and the specimen so prepared should be placed on wet filter-paper under a watch-glass for 10 minutes to recover irritability. Under a simple lens it is now easy to touch the filament in any part.

The filaments apparently begin to recover from the effect of a touch at once, at any rate a considerable amount of return towards the resting position is visible in 1 or 2 minutes, and in 5 or 10 minutes recovery is complete.

The stamens may be irritated separately, no transmission from one to the next takes place. By applying the tetanising current they may be made to close simultaneously : we simply wrap one wire round a small twig of Berberis and touch the stigmas with the other wire. Or a single flower may be cut off and held by one of the wires stuck into the pistil, the other wire being applied to the base of the flower outside.

(243) Berberis: effect of chloroform.

Gather a flower carefully with a pair of forceps, test its irritability by touching a single filament and place it floating in a watch-glass of water. Add a couple more flowers similarly treated and place the watch-glass under

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a bell (1000 c.c. capacity) with another watch-glass containing 4 or 5 drops of chloroform. The flowers can withstand 10 minutes of this atmosphere without suffering and will be found quite insensible to touches.

After half-an-hour's exposure to fresh air (and possibly in a shorter time) they are found to be once more irritable.

It is interesting to repeat the experiment with flowers in which the filaments have been irritated just before they are put under the bell-jar. It will be seen that the stamens recover the normal position—in spite of the anaesthetic1.

{244) Stigma of Mimulus cardinalis.

The stigma has the form of a pair of divergent lamella? which, when irritated, rapidly shut together so that one stigmatic surface meets and presses against the other. The inner surface is the sensitive part, a touch on the outside of the lamella? produces no effect. Oliver2 has shown that if one lamella is prevented from moving, a touch on it still provokes movement in the other lamella. In our experiments we fixed one lobe by cementing it to the corolla, using mastic dissolved in ether for the purpose. When the cement is dry it is well to push a strip of wood between the style and the corolla: by a wedge of this

1 The same thing is said to occur in the case of Mimosa : see Pfeffer, J?hysiologische Untersuchungen, 1873, p. 01.

2 Berichte d. deutschen botan. Geselhch. v. 1887, p. 167. Transmission of stimulus has only been observed in Martynia lutea, M. proboscidea and Mimulus cardinalis. There is said to be no transmission in Mimulus luteus.


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sort the fixed lamella is forced to be more or less horizontal and is perfectly free from contact, even at the base, with the opposite lobe.

(245) Stamens of Centaurea cyanus.

We use the garden form of this species for demonstrating the fact that the stamens are irritable1.

Select a floret which has expanded but has not extruded its style, place it on a piece of wet filter-paper and under a simple lens split the floret at the swollen part of the corolla-tube, which can then be opened wide enough to give a view of the filaments. Cover the preparation with an inverted watch-glass and leave it for 15 minutes,—to recover from the effects of the operation. If the filaments are now gently touched, a writhing contraction is plainly seen. The anther tube may in this way be made to swing over first to one side, then to another, as the filaments are made to contract on the corresponding sides.

To see the extrusion of pollen another flower must be used : the best plan is to remove the pollen at the free end of the anther-tube with a camel-hair brush. If this is done with a rapid touch, the filaments are irritated and a ribbon of pollen emerges immediately after the blow.

(246) Phycomyces: curvature towards iron.

Elfving has shown that the sporangiferous hyphse of Phycomyces nitens curve towards iron. It is only necessary

1 Pfeffer employed C. jacea and Cynura scolymus. See his Physio-logische Untersuchungen, 1S73, p. SO.

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to plant an iron rod in the centre of a Phycomyces culture {from which light is carefully excluded), and leave it for 12 or 18 hours, when the hyphse are seen bending from all sides towards the rod. The cause of this remarkable phenomenon is still obscure1.

(247) Hydrotropism.

The curvature of roots towards a moist surface can be demonstrated by the well-known method of Sachs2. A sieve is constructed by fastening netting to a bottomless box or stretching and tying it over the mouth of a short, wide3 cylinder open at both ends and made of galvanised iron or tin-plate. A thin layer of moist sawdust or finely divided cocoa-fibre is spread on the netting, seeds are placed on the layer and covered with 2 inches of the same material. The sieve is now hung up so that the bottom makes an angle of about 50° with the horizon. As the roots emerge they leave the vertical and grow along the moist surface of the sieve. We find that cereals such as rye or barley answer well. The only difficulty is to provide a suitable atmosphere in which to hang up the sieve. If the air is too dry the roots wither before they have time to bend; if too damp the surface of the sieve does not supply a sufficiently strong contrast to the surrounding air. A greenhouse atmosphere answers fairly well, or, as Sachs recommends, a large cupboard or

1 See however Elfving's interesting paper in Nature, March 15, 1894, where references to his original paper and to Errera's work on the subject are given.

2 Sachs' Arbeiten, I. p. 212, Fig. 3.

3 5 cm. deep, 20 cm. in diameter.

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dark room of which the floor is occasionally watered. According to the same authority the air should be in such a condition that the difference between the wet- and dry-bulb thermometers is 1-5°—20° R. (2°—2-5° C.). We find it a good plan occasionally to squirt with water the lower surface of the sieve.

(248) Movement of chloroplasts.

We find that the leaves of Oxalis acetosella1 give good results. Ten or twelve leaves are taken from a plant, and after the stalks have been cut short off beneath the pulvini they are placed floating in water. Half of the number in one dish are exposed to bright sunshine, the rest remain in dull diffused light. After two hours they may be examined by preparing surface sections of the spongy parenchyma. In the sunned leaves the chloroplasts are in the " profile position," that is, they lie against the side walls of the stellate parenchyma cells, and may even be crowded into the corners. In the shaded leaves they are spread out and dotted over the surfaces which are parallel to the plane of the leaf. The leaves may be preserved in alcohol for future examination.

(249) Ghemotaxis: antherozoids.

The following instructions are taken from Pfeffer's paper in his Untersuchungen*. The prothalli which yield the antherozoids for Pfeffer's experiments were chiefly

1 See Stahl's paper in the Botanisclie Zeitung, 1880. The leaves of certain mosses give excellent results: Stahl recommends Funaria hygro-metrica.

- Untersuchungen am deni botauisclten Institut zu Tubingen, i. 1881— 1885, p. 303.

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small ones of Blechnumfraxineum and Adiantum cuneatum1. They were grown on lumps of peat in the shade of other plants and were used when only about a millimeter in length, and had numerous antheridia but few or no archegonia. They should be kept only moderately damp, as this seems to favour the yield of antherozoids. The prothalli having been washed for a moment are placed 3 or 4 together under a small cover-glass supported on strips of paper, and are washed by repeatedly drawing a current of rain water through the preparation. Distilled water, being injurious to the antherozoids, must not be used for the washing, the object of which is to remove any malic acid which may be set free by the rupture or injury of the tissues of the prothallus. The reasons for preferring a small cover-glass are that the antherozoids are thus confined to a smaller space, and that the water is better oxygenated than when a large glass is used. Capillary tubes of O'l to 0'14 mm. internal diameter and from 7 to 12 mm. in length are closed at one end by melting the glass, and are filled with the malic acid solution with the help of an air-pump. The solution may be either the free acid or a salt, for instance, sodium malate; the solutions should be made with rain water and contain about O05 per cent.2. A capillary tube is pushed under the cover-glass, when the antherozoids in the neighbourhood of the opening are at once attracted to it. Pfeffer has seen 60 antherozoids enter a tube of malic

1 The young prothalli of Ceratopteris, grown from spores sown on bricks, give a good supply of antherozoids.

2 The strength may vary from 0-01 to 0-5 per cent.

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acid within half-a-minute from the beginning of the experiment.

(249 a) Chemotaoois: Bacteria1.

Allow a boiled pea to decay in about 200 cc. of water for two or three days: draw off some of the fluid from just below the surface, transfer a drop to a slide and place on it a small cover-glass raised on two strips of paper. Capillary tubes, like those used in exp. 249, are made by drawing out coarse tubes in the blowpipe flame and again drawing out the tubes so made over a small flame. Lengths (10 mm.) of the fine capillary tubes should be sealed, each at one end, and filled with 2 p.c. KN03 under the air-pump. They may be removed from the beaker of KN03 with a camel-hair paint-brush, and should be examined under the microscope to make sure that they are full. Having been washed with a drop of distilled water they should be pushed under the cover-glass. In about 10 minutes the open ends ought to be crowded with Bacteria.

(249 b) Chemotaxis: pollen tubes2.

This may be easily demonstrated with the wild hyacinth (Scilla nutans). A thin jelly is made by adding 3 p.c. of good gelatine (for instance the " bacteriological" gelatine sold by Baird and Tatlock) to water and warming over a water-bath. A large drop is placed on a slide and

1 Pfeffer, Untersuchungen aus dem hot. Institut zu Tiibingen, n. 1888, p. 582.

2 Molisch, Sitzb. d. k. Akad. d. IViss. in Wicn, n. 1893; and Miyoshi, Flora, 1894, p. 7C.

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into this is stirred a quantity of pollen. Then the stigma and one or two ovules are inserted at various places in the jelly while it is still-fluid. Care must be taken to avoid air-bubbles. The slide is then placed in a saturated atmosphere, preferably in darkness. After a few hours, in warm weather, the pollen tubes will be seen under the microscope directed towards the stigma, the cut-end of the style and the ovules.

Plantago media is also a good plant for the experiment, and various species of Reseda work well if 1 p.c. of cane-sugar be added to the gelatine.

The gelatine soon becomes mouldy and fresh material must be made up, or else the old must be kept sterile by repeatedly heating to 80° C. in a water-bath.

The most perfect demonstration of chemotaxis may be made by mounting Scilla pollen with a stigma in a drop of 10 p.c. cane-sugar on a slide, and arranging a damp chamber round it with blotting-paper and a cover-slip. The slide is arranged on the microscope and must not be shaken or moved. After a few hours the cover-slip is taken off and the slide examined. The pollen of Narcissus Tazetta may be used in the same way in 7 p.c. sugar.

(249 c) Chemotaxis: pollen tubes.

A preparation of pollen in jelly is made as described in exp. 249 B, except that the ovules and stigmas are omitted and that a cover-glass is placed on the drop. The pollen tubes will be observed to grow away from the edge of the cover-slip towards the centre of the drop, i.e. from places rich in oxygen to places poor in oxygen. Cane-sugar

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solution may also be used, of various strengths for different plants1, e.g. Fritillaria imperialis, 15 p.c.; Narcissus Tazetta, 7 p.c.; Vincetoxicum officinale, 15 p.c. It should be noted2 that all pollen tubes do not exhibit this phenomenon.

(250) Opening and closing of the tulip: temperature.

Many flowers open with a rise of temperature and close with a fall; the best adapted for experiment are the crocus and tulip3. Both of these are sensitive to slight changes of temperature, and both are valuable because they can be made by appropriate treatment to open and shut at any time of the day. The crocus is the more sensitive of the two, but the tulip answers extremely well, and the following instructions apply to this genus.

It is convenient to begin the experiment on a cool, cloudy morning, when the tulips are naturally closed. Cut a flower and fix it vertically in a cork fitted into a bottle of water. To one of the outer perianth segments and to the opposite inner segment fix filaments of glass drawn out to very fine capillary tubes. They are best cemented with shellac varnish to the groove or line running down the centre of the outer surface of the segment. The filaments, each of which projects 3 cm. beyond the flower, serve as indices for noting the movements of the segments. The simplest plan is to fix a millimeter scale horizontally so that the distance between the points of the indices can be read off. The tulip should be prepared.

1 See Molisch, loc. cit., where a list of suitable solutions is given.

2 See Molisch, loc. cit.

3 Pfeffer, Physiologische Untersuchungen, 1873, p. 181.

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in a room free from sunshine, and where the temperature is not above 15° C,—a temperature of 11° or 12° better still.

The flower having been left to itself for 15 minutes is placed in a temperature of about 20° C. In 5 or 10 minutes a clear increase in the reading on the scale shows that the flower is opening.

It may now be replaced in a temperature of 10°—12° 0. Notice that the flower continues to open for some time and then begins to close. The same phenomenon mutatis mutandis is to be seen on changing a low into a high temperature. It is easy to make a tulip open, close, and open again within one hour.

(251) Tulip: sensitiveness to small change of temperature.

Pfeffer1 has seen a crocus flower open slightly in 15 minutes during which the temperature rose by less than 1° C. The change of temperature was produced by opening the door between a cold and a warm room. For class-work it is perhaps best to try rather larger changes of temperature. A tulip, fitted with two indices as described above, shows distinct opening in half-an-hour when moved from a temperature of 13'5C. to a temperature of 15-5°, closing slightly again on being replaced in a temperature of 13° C

(252) Crocus: mechanism of the movement.

The following instructions are based entirely on Pfeffer's2 account of the experiments, in which he showed

1 Physiolotjische Untersuciumgen, 1873, p. 183. 5 Ibid., p. 1C7.

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that when a crocus or tulip opens it does so because of the accelerated growth on the inner faces of the segments, and vice versd when it closes. A series of 4 or 5 minute dots (about 15 mm. apart) are made with black spirit-varnish on both surfaces along the region of curvature, which in the crocus is the lower ^ or ^ of the perianth-segment. The distance between the marks must be measured with great care by means of an eye-piece micrometer: the amounts of growth observed do not exceed 3 p.c, and it is therefore necessary to use a magnifying power of something like x 80, and a micrometer with which the distance between the marks on the flower is about 200 divisions of the micrometer. To get accurate measurements it is necessary to sketch each of the varnish marks, noting on the drawing a corner or projecting point from which the reading is taken. The readings are easily taken on the outside of the perianth segment, and by removing the opposite segments the inner marks can also be observed. The readings are assumed to have been taken on a closed flower, which is then placed in a room warmer than the first by 6°—7° C. and after \ hr., during which the flower opens, the readings are again taken. On the inner side the marked region will have increased by 2-5 p.c., on the outer side an increase of say 02 p.c. will be noted. If the readings are taken first in the open flower and then in closed condition, precisely the reverse is noted, namely, that the inner side increases only a little, while the outer side grows about ten times as much.

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(253) Light and darkness: Bellis.

Among the Sewers which close in darkness and open when illuminated the daisy {Bellis perennis) is the most universally accessible1.

A daisy should be cut and fixed vertically in a bottle of -water, when the position of the ligulate florets must be noted; this may either be done by taking the angle which the flower-head fills when looked at in profile, or by measuring the horizontal distance between the tips of two opposite florets. In one of our experiments a daisy was darkened at 2 p.m., and the angle showed a diminution of 30° by 315.

Further experiments on the daisy are given in the next section.

(254) Light and darkness: Trifolium.

Sleeping plants can be made to assume the nocturnal position by darkening them in the daytime. This can be shown in any of the common species of clover, such as T. repens. The simplest plan is to cover a plant (growing in the open air) with an inverted vessel made of opaque material, scattering dry powdered soil round the outside of the rim so as to make sure that light is excluded. After one or at most two hours the plants may be examined, when the leaflets will be found in the nyctitropic position shown in fig. 40, where the left-hand leaf is awake, the one on the right asleep: the lateral leaflets are face to face and the terminal leaflet folded on

1 Pfefier, PMjsiologische Untersuchungen, p. 198.

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to their edges. The experiment may also be made with a sod of clover dug up and kept wet in a basin or even with cut leaves in a bottle of water.

Fig. 40. Exp. 254. From The Power of Movement in Plan ts.

By covering up one plant with a hollow bell-jar containing potassium bichromate, and another with a bell containing ammoniacal copper sulphate, it may be shown that the orange light acts like darkness, while the blue acts like daylight.

Finally, a few plants should be kept dark for 5 or 6 days to observe the fact that the leaflets ultimately assume a position resembling the day-position, except that the leaflets droop somewhat.

(255) Nyctitropic movements.

To get a general idea of the varied character of nyctitropic movements it is best to compare the diurnal and nocturnal positions in a selection of plants.

Trifolium has already been described; as a contrast it is well to examine the nocturnal positions of a trifoliate Oxa.lis, such as 0. acetosella (in which the leaflets point nearly vertically downwards at night), and of Marsilea quadrifoliata (in which the four leaflets rise and arrange themselves in a vertical packet). The nyctitropism of

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Melilotits, with its curious right and left-handedness1, of Cassia, in which the leaves sink and twist, and of Des-modium gyrans, in which the vertical droop of the larger leaflets is particularly striking, should also be studied. Movements not produced by means of a pulvinus, but by the growth of the leaf-stalk should be examined; for instance the nocturnal rise of the young leaves of Nico-tiana glauca or of the cotyledons of the cabbage and radish (Brassica oleracea and Raphanus sativus).

In all these cases note that the nocturnal is more nearly vertical than the diurnal position, and that when there is close contact between neighbouring leaflets it is generally the upper surface of the leaf that is protected.

(256) Nyctitropic movements: Mimosa.

In order to study the sleep movements of leaves more

Fig. 41. Exp. 2£G.

closely we employ a self-recording method. Fig. 41 is 1 Power of Movement in Plants, p. 346, tig. 140.

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a copy of a tracing1 made by the main petiole of Mimosa. pudica from 4 p.m. Aug. 16, until noon of the following day. The tracing was made by means of the hanging writer described in experiment 203, which recorded the position of the petiole at intervals of half-an-hour on the revolving drum used for auxanometer experiments. The tracing only records changes in the vertical position of the free end of the petiole, and does not give the angle which the petiole makes with the horizon, but if a few readings of the angle are taken, the rest can be calculated from the known length of the petiole and writer. It will suffice for our present purpose to know that at 7 p.m. the petiole was roughly 15° below, and at 4 a.m. 60° above the horizon.

The tracing shows that the leaf sank with increasing and then decreasing rapidity from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., when it rose (at first slowly) until 3 a.m. It then remained stationary until 4-30, when a fall again occurred, followed by irregular movements continuing to noon.

(257) Paraheliotropism : Averrhoa bilimbi.

The leaves of many plants assume in bright sunshine a more or less vertical position, which has been sometimes called " diurnal sleep" but is now known as paraheliotropism. Oxalis acetosella, in which the leaves in bright sun assume the same vertically dependent position that they take at night, is a familiar example. Averi'hoa bilimbi

1 To diminish the horizontal extension of the diagram, the horizontal lines drawn by the writing index are reduced. The engraving is moreover reduced by \ from the drawing so prepared.

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(one of the Oxalida?) also drops its leaflets in sunshine as it does at night. The leaves of Averrhoa, as described in exp. 261, exhibit remarkable autonomous movements1, in which the leaflets drop rapidly through 15°—20°, then rise slowly to their original position, repeating the movement once in 15 minutes or so. When sunshine strikes the plant the leaflets fall until they make an angle of 70° or 80° below the horizon, but this is not effected in a single drop, but by series of rapid rises and falls as

Fig. 42. Exp. 2.37. From Power of Movement.

represented in fig. 42. In this diagram the numbers 0° to 60° on the left represent the angular divergence in

1 Lynch in Linnean Soc. Journal, xvi. p. 231 ; Power of Movement in Plants, p. 330.

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degrees of the leaflet from the vertical, those on the right represent temperature (G°). Thus at ll'SO the leaflet made an angle of 52° with the vertical, i.e. an angle of 38° belowthe horizon while the temperature (the dotted line) was 31 "4°C. The leaflet had been slowly rising for 25 minutes, and at BR a blind was pulled up so that the plant was brightly illuminated, when the leaf descended in 5 steps to the paraheliotropic position, where it executed three rapid movements (at about 80° below the horizon), until at SH, when the blind was pulled down, it rose for 35 minutes, to be again disturbed by sunshine at BR'. In performing this experiment the windows must be opened when the blinds are pulled up, to equalise the temperature as much as possible.

The observations here recorded were made as follows. The main petiole of the leaf observed pointed straight at the observer, being separated from him by a vertical pane of glass. The petiole was fixed so that the pulvinus of one of the lateral leaflets was at the centre of a graduated arc placed close behind the leaflet. A fine glass filament, attached to the leaflet and projecting like a continuation of the midrib, served as an index. As the leaflet rose and fell its angular movement was recorded, by reading at short intervals of time the position of the index on the arc. To avoid errors of parallax the readings were taken ' by looking through a small ring painted on the vertical glass in a line with the pulvinus and the centre of the arc.

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Section B. Autonomous Movements: Periodicity.

(258) Chxumnutation.

A really good method of observing circumnutation (where the movement is small) has yet to be devised. One of the methods described in Darwin's Poiuer of Movement in Plants (p. 7) is, in spite of certain faults, perhaps the best for our present purpose.

Any rapidly growing plant will serve for observation, for instance, a seedling cabbage or sunflower. The most essential precaution is that the plant shall not be subjected to lateral illumination, to insure which the experiment ought to be conducted in a room lighted from above. If this is not possible the plant must be in a cylinder blackened inside, and should be illuminated by an oblique mirror hung above the mouth of the cylinder so as to throw the light vertically downwards. The plant should if possible rest on a steady stone floor.

To the upper end of the hypocotyl a delicate glass filament, 20 mm. in length, is fixed vertically by shellac varnish, which should be thick enough to dry rapidly. Before it is fixed the following preparations are necessary. A minute equilateral triangle of paper (2 or 3 mm. to the side) is pierced in the centre and is slipped over the glass filament, pushed down to the base and there fixed with shellac, so that it is at right angles to the filament. At the other end of the filament a minute bead of black sealing-wax is fixed. A sheet of glass (2 ft. x 2 ft.) fixed horizontally about 2 ft. above the apex of the plant serves as a medium on which to record the


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movement. The head of the observer is moved until the globule of sealing-wax is exactly in the centre of the paper triangle, and a dot is made on the glass in line

Fig. 43. Exp. 258. From Power of Movement.

with these two points. The dot should be made with a piece of hard wood cut to a sharp point like a pencil, and dipped in Indian ink or moistened with water-colour. It is best to hold the pointer as close as possible to the glass until the observer has made up his mind where

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the dot is to be made, and then to bring the pointer sharply down on the glass. A little practice is needed to get results with small amounts of movement. The observations should at first be made at intervals of about 10 minutes, so that the observer may get an idea of the rapidity with which the movement under observation is proceeding. He may thus be able to regulate the intervals between his subsequent observations so as not to spend unnecessary time, and yet not to fail in getting a fair idea of the movement.

Fig. 43: represents the circumnutation of a cabbage seedling, from 9.15 a.m. to 8.30 a.m. on the following day, the dots represent the actual marks made on the glass with the sharpened wood, the lines and arrows being added to show the course of the movement: the woodcut is reduced to half the size of the original. No observations were made at night: the broken line represents the change of position which took place between the first evening and the following morning. The tracing therefore (if the broken line be neglected) practically represents the circumnutation during a day of about 12 hours.

(259) Circumnutation: twining plants*.

The observations should be made either in a greenhouse or indoors, on Humulus lupulus (the hop) and Phaseolus multifloras. The basal part of the plant should be tied to a stick stuck in the soil of the pot, and 6 inches or a foot

1 The tracing was made by a slightly different method to that here described.

8 C. Darwin, Climbing Plants, Chapter I.

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of the stem should project beyond the upper end of the stick and hang over so as to be more or less horizontal. If the flower-pot stands on a sheet of paper it is easy to note, by means of a line drawn radially from the pot as a centre, the direction in which the nutating shoot points at any moment; and thus the rate at which it swings round can be recorded. One revolution in 2 hours is what may be expected in a vigorous plant. Note that the hop travels with the hands of a watch, Phaseolus against it: also, that if they are allowed to climb up sticks they do so by an apparent continuation of their revolving nutation. Thus a hop which has wound spirally round a support makes a left-handed screw, while Phaseolus is right-handed.

(260) Autonomous movements: Trifolium.

The spontaneous variation-movements of leaves may easily be studied in the genus Trifolium.1. They may be observed by a modification of the method described in exp. 258, or by Pfeffer's method, which is simpler and on the whole gives more reliable results. Transplant a lump of turf, containing a plant of clover, to a flower-pot: fix a vertical stick (about as thick as a pencil) firmly into the soil and attach the petiole of a leaf to it by two bands of gummed paper so that the top of the petiole is level with the top of the stick. The terminal leaflet is free to move, and its movements are observed by fixing with shellac-varnish a very fine glass filament along the midrib on the upper surface so as to project 2 or 3 mm. Cut out

1 See Saclis' Physiologie (French Trans.), p. 515.

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a C-shaped piece of cardboard and graduate the inner edge into 5°, i.e. make 36 graduations to the semicircle. Now attach the card to a second stick fixed in the soil so that the pulvinus is in the centre of the arc, and so that the glass index can travel over the graduations. The experiment is preferably conducted with illumination from above, but even with a side light the movements are clearly seen.

The following table gives the readings in an experiment of this sort:









Apr. 17, 8.57


Apr. 17, 12.44















The leaf made 3 complete oscillations in 8 hrs. 23 m.

(261) Autonomous movements: Averrhoa.

If Averrhoa bilimbi is kept at a sufficiently high temperature (e.g. 27° C), the movements of the leaflets are easily seen. Each leaflet moves independently of the rest, it falls suddenly from, e.g. 20° below the horizon to 40° below, and slowly rises in about 20 minutes to its former position. If the temperature is increased to 31°—32° C. the oscillations become more rapid and smaller in amplitude, at the same time the mean position of the leaflet falls to something like 50° below the horizon instead of 30° as at first. These changes are

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graphically represented in the Power of Movement in Plants, p. 334, fig. 135. The ordinates represent the angle made with the vertical by the leaflet under observation ; a fall in the curve thus represents a drop of the leaflet, 0° representing a vertically dependent position. The dotted line represents temperature, and is to be read in connection with the numbers 76" F... .90° F. on the right hand of the diagram.

(262) Autonomous movements: Besmodium gyrans.

The leaf of Desmodium gyrans represented in fig. 44

consists of one large and a pair of very

minute leaflets. It is these which

execute the movements for which the

plant is celebrated. The point of each

leaflet describes a rough sort of circle

or ellipse, but the movement being

exceedingly jerky and irregular the

circular course is not obvious. The

movement does not occur unless the

temperature1 is about 22° C, and may

be remarkably stimulated by a higher

temperature, thus at 40° C. the circles

are made at the rate of about two in

three minutes. The movements may

be observed on cut leaves under water,

thus the temperature can easily be


1 This is only true of full-grown plants. Seedlings move at a lower temperature: see Power of Movement in Plants, p. 362.


tfio. 44. Exp. 2C2.

From the Power of


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(263) Periodicity: Bellis {light and darkness).

Three or four among a patch of daisies on a lawn are to be darkened by covering them with an inverted flowerpot : the hole in the pot must be plugged and a layer of earth placed over the plug to make sure that no light enters. For the same reason a ring of earth should be placed round the junction of the rim of the pot with the ground. If the daisy is kept darkened for two days it will cease or almost cease to open or shut, the flower-heads taking on a permanently half-shut condition. This shows that the alternation of light and darkness is necessary for continuance of " sleep " movement.

If, however, the plants are covered in the evening the flowers will open the following morning, showing that a certain inherent periodicity exists.

If the plants are covered in the morning the periodic movement will probably begin to be irregular by the next day. For instance the waking movement will only occur late and the closure at night will also be irregular.

(264) Periodicity: Bellis {temperature).

The flower-heads of the daisy are to some extent influenced by changes of temperature, but they behave very differently from the crocus or tulip. When they are naturally closed in the evening a rise of 15° 0. in temperature does not open them; nor does a corresponding fall close them in the morning. But, according to Pfeffer, if they are warmed in the morning or cooled in the evening

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by about 15° an opening or closing (as the case may be) is produced'.

The experiment in which the temperature is raised is the only one which we have confirmed. It is simply necessary to gather 3 or 4 closed daisies in the morning, place their stalks in water and put the bottle near the fire in a warm room : similar flowers being placed for comparison in a cool place out of doors.

(265) Contrast: Bellis.

If the flower-heads of the daisy or dandelion are kept shut throughout the day by exposing them to a temperature of 2° to 3° C. they may, according to Pfeffer, be made to open in the evening by bringing them into a temperature of 17*—20° C.3

A similar experiment may be made in another way. Daisies kept in the dark for two days are brought into a warm and lighted room in the evening together with control specimens growing under natural conditions. Both sets may be gathered and placed with the stalks in water. In our experiments the temperature out-of-doors was 11° C, in-doors 21° C, rising to 24° C. The daisies from the dark opened wide in 20 minutes. The control daisies showed no opening in 20 minutes, and had hardly opened after 2 hours. The degree of opening was however simply noted by means of rough sketches.

1 Physiologische Untersuchwigeii, 1873, p. 195. 8 Ibid. p. 197.

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The practical study of the transformations which plastic substances undergo in metabolism is an application of organic chemistry : the immediate problem is generally to determine whether certain substances are present or absent, and, if present, in what amounts, in particular tissues.

For the qualitative testing of insoluble substances, such as proteids, starch, etc. and of soluble substances which give well-marked colour reactions, such as phloroglucin, inulin, etc. microchemical methods are invaluable; but for quantitative work, and often for the satisfactory identification of certain compounds, it is necessary to make extracts with appropriate solvents and to submit these extracts to a systematic examination.

It is the object of the physiologist to employ the simplest methods which will give accurate results as regards the compounds to which attention is being given,

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but it is not often that extracts can be prepared which will contain only those compounds to which the attention is directed, consideration may therefore necessarily be given to substances occurring in the extracts, although in themselves comparatively unimportant.

The necessity for quantitative results in experiments on metabolism is obvious, and even for qualitative work it is sometimes necessary to employ rather complicated chemical methods.

The arrangement followed in these sections is based on practical convenience, those substances which are commonly extracted together being placed in the same section. Each chapter contains a short general explanation of the methods to be used, followed by instructions for performing the qualitative and quantitative experiments selected.

Attention is chiefly directed to substances which ape either themselves 'plastic' or are believed to have important significance in metabolic processes—the study of other compounds is only introduced in so far as these are liable to interfere with the examination of the above.

It is seldom necessary to attempt a complete analysis of all the constituents of a tissue, but it is essential to have due regard to those which may interfere with the recognition or estimation of a particular compound (e.g. tannins in the detection and estimation of sugars).

Before beginning the chemical examination of a vegetable tissue, it is of the greatest assistance to consider carefully what substances are likely to be present: a knowledge of the general distribution of the commoner plastic substances should suggest the method of pro-

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cedure, but knowledge of this kind must not be relied on to the extent of substituting it for qualitative examination.

For descriptions of the practical details of many of the quantitative estimations, reference to standard works on chemistry has been freely used. A full description is given here only in cases where processes are required which are not in general use, or where there is much difference of opinion as to the best method of operating.

The principles on which the methods of estimation are based are generally explained in each case; where references only are given, care should be taken to understand exactly the reasons for all the steps described in text-books; otherwise those who have not received an adequate chemical training are liable to use instructions of this kind in a merely mechanical way, and thus to lose all the value of the work as an introduction to the practical study of this branch of physiology,—where the success of an operator largely depends on his ability to modify methods to meet particular cases.

Frequent references will be found in the text to the following works.

Sutton. Volumetric Analysis. 5th edit. (Churchill, 1886.)

Fresenius. Qualitative Analysis. 10th English edition. (Churchill, 1887.)

Fresenius. Quantitative Analysis. 7th (or 6th) English edition. (Churchill, 1876, 7th.)

Beilstein. Handbuch der organischen Ghemie. 2nd or 3rd edition.

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Among general works which may be consulted for descriptions of the apparatus and manipulation used in the experiments are:

Sachsse. Die Chemie und Physiologie der Farbstoffe, Kohlenhydrate und Proteinsubstanzen. (Leipzig, 1877.)

Frankland. Agricultural Chemical Analysis. (Mac-millan and Co., 1889.)

Dragendorff. Plant Analysis. (Trans, by Greenish.) (Bailliere, Tindall and Co., 1884.)

In references to original papers the ordinary abbreviations are used.

Preparation of the material to be examined.

For extraction with benzene, ether, etc., the material must be dried as completely as possible, and as the residue will generally be treated with boiling alcohol before extraction with cold water, the original substance may be dried at 100° C. in the steam-oven, till it ceases to lose weight. Fixed oils and fats, glucosides, tannins, carbohydrates including starch, will not be seriously altered by drying at 100°.

On the other hand proteids and ferments would be completely changed by drying at 100°, and in these cases either the undried material is used or material which has been dried at a temperature not exceeding 30°—this is commonly spoken of as air-dried material.

Where comparative experiments only are being made it is not a matter of much consequence whether the percentages are calculated for material which is fresh, or has been air-dried, or dried at 100°, but if determinations of several

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constituents are made with differently treated portions of the original substance, it is better to calculate all results in p.c. of material dried at 100°, i.e. in p.c. of dry weight.

The moisture (i.e. loss on drying at 100°) having been determined, the calculation from one state to the other involves very little trouble.

Before treatment with any solvent the substance should always be as completely disintegrated as possible —this is a point which requires very careful attention and too much importance cannot be given to it.

Ordinary dry tissues, such as leaves, portions of herbaceous stems, etc. can generally be reduced to a fine powder without much trouble, but hard tissues are often difficult to extract satisfactorily. Unless very tough— which will seldom be the case—grinding in a small mill, such as is used for grinding coffee berries, will generally bring the substance into a suitable condition.

Fresh tissues are more troublesome to work with: they can be treated in a large mortar with a small quantity of the solvent, and thus rubbed up into a perfectly homogeneous paste. The addition of some sand, or very finely powdered glass, facilitates the process and is seldom objectionable: indeed its use, in preventing the solid material 'caking' during extraction, often more than counterbalances the inconvenient increase in bulk which it causes. If it is desirable to weigh the residue at the end of the successive extractions an exactly weighed quantity of sand or glass can be used and its weight deducted from that of the total residue.

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Preparation of extracts. Non-nitrogenous plastic substances.

For non-nitrogenous plastic substances a given portion of the original material should be treated with successive solvents in the following order: (1) ether or benzene, (2) alcohol of -85 specific gravity, (3) cold water, (4) dilute acid.

In each case the extraction must be continued till a fresh portion of the solvent fails to extract anything more.

10 grs. of material and about 250 c.c. of solvent will generally be found convenient quantities.

I. Extract the dry substance with boiling ether, benzene, or petroleum ether (with boiling point not above 75° C).

Extract (No. I.) contains oils and fats, ethereal salts of organic acids (esters), resins, terpenes, chlorophyll and colouring matters, etc.

This extraction is best performed with Soxhlet's apparatus for fat-extraction.

The material in the inner tube is weighed before and after the experiment, dried at the same temperature in each case.

When the extraction is complete, the inner tube may be placed in a steam-oven to dry the residue before weighing.

II. Extract the dry residue from I. with boiling alcohol -85 specific gravity (about 55 p.c).

Extract (No. II.) contains tannins, glucosides, and part of the sugars, etc.

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This extraction may also be performed with Soxhlet's apparatus so that after the final weighing in I. it is only necessary to place the inner tube in another apparatus. When nothing more can be extracted by the solvent, the inner tube is again dried in the steam oven and weighed.

III. Extract the dry residue from II. with cold water.

Extract (No. III.) contains dextrins and soluble carbohydrates not extracted by '85 alcohol.

The residue from II. is put into a stoppered bottle with a portion of solvent and shaken for some time in a continuous-agitation machine. The liquid is completely decanted off and a fresh portion of solvent having been added the process is repeated.

The residue is finally filtered off and thoroughly washed, the washings being added to the extract. The residue need not be dried but is ready at once for No. IV.

[A bottle fixed on to a vertical wheel which is rotated by a band from a laboratory turbine answers very well for this purpose. A rather slow rotation of about 12—15 revolutions per minute is the most effective. An apparatus for this purpose made to work with Rabe's turbine is sold by Gallenkamp and Co., London. A simple machine for continuous agitation is also made by the Scientific Instrument Company, Cambridge.]

IV. Extract the residue from III. with 1 p.c. sulphuric acid at 100°.

Extract (No. IV.) contains the products of the action of dilute acid on starch (dextrins and reducing sugars).


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The residue from III. is placed in a flask fitted with a reflux condenser, acid added, and heated on a water-bath for two hours, or until a drop of the solution ceases to give any iodine reaction.

Instead of using dilute acid it is often better to use solution of diastase (active malt-extract) to extract the starch from the residue No. III. (see Chap. xiv.).

The temperature for extracting with diastase must not exceed 60° C. and the extraction takes considerably longer— it is best to allow the action to continue (with addition of more malt-extract from time to time if necessary) till the solution ceases to give any well-marked iodine reaction.

It will generally be found sufficient to use 100 c.c. of an extract, made by completely exhausting 300 grs. of malt with water and making up the product to 500 c.c. for each 10 grs. of substance originally taken.

It is not generally required to examine further the residue from IV., but if it is desired to estimate the cellulose in it this may be treated in the manner described on p. 293.

The original drying at 100° C. and treatment with boiling ether or benzene and boiling '85 alcohol tend to alter the proteids and render them insoluble in cold water and dilute acids, so that it frequently happens that the extracts III. and IV. are almost completely free from proteids.

Preparation of extracts. Nitrogenous plastic substances

For nitrogenous plastic substances (proteids, amides,

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etc.) another portion of the original material which has been dried at a temperature not above 30° 0. is extracted (1) with cold water, (2) the residue from (1) with dilute alkali, 1—2 p.c. soda (NaOH).

If much oil or fatty matter is present this should be first removed by agitation with benzene in the cold; the residue washed with ether and dried below 30° can then be treated with (1) water, (2) dilute alkali.

Extract 1. (Cold water) contains soluble proteids, peptones and albumoses, amides, nitrates and nitrites, ammonium compounds, etc. etc.

Extract 2. (Dilute alkali) contains proteids insoluble in water but soluble in dilute alkali.

These extractions (and the agitation with cold benzene) may be made with the apparatus used for the cold water extracts of non-nitrogenous substances (see p. 243).


It is often very difficult to filter clear the extracts of vegetable tissues; the use of some of the special kinds of paper made by Schleicher and Schull will frequently give a clear filtrate where ordinary filter-paper fails, but filtering through asbestos is very effective in troublesome cases.

For filtering with asbestos it is necessary to use a filter-pump, and the most convenient method of working is to use a perforated porcelain filter plate with a hardened paper (such as no. 575 in Schleicher and Schiill's catalogue), on to which the asbestos is poured whilst suction is applied below, the asbestos having previously been stirred into a cream with warm water; after the water

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has drained away the felt-like layer of asbestos can be pressed with a pestle to any degree of tightness required. The asbestos and paper can be washed and used again.

Evaporation of solutions.

Much time is always necessary for this tedious operation, but work can generally be so arranged that it can go on whilst other experiments are in progress.

Evaporations should always be conducted on the water-bath, but even so a considerable amount of ' charring' usually occurs, and this discoloration of the solutions, not being easily removable, renders the subsequent examination much more difficult.

By concentrating solutions under reduced pressure the difficulty is largely avoided. By the use of a good water filter-pump aqueous solutions can be concentrated fairly rapidly at 50°—60° 0. and alcohol can be distilled off below 50° C.

Fig. 45.

A convenient form of apparatus for distilling off liquids

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under reduced pressure can be readily constructed with distilling flasks and a Liebig's condenser. The diagram Fig. 45 shows such an apparatus with the parts connected ready for distilling. Care must be taken that all the connections are air-tight.

Changes occurring in solutions on keeping.

It is necessary that the examination of the solutions obtained by dissolving in water the residue from the alcohol extract (II.), by extracting with cold water (III.), and dilute acid (IV.), etc., should be examined as soon as they are prepared.

Such solutions undergo change very rapidly from the action of micro-organisms, and in a few days will often be full of fungoid growths. If the solutions have to be put aside before they can be examined, some strongly antiseptic substance must be added to prevent such growth. Chloroform is very convenient, as it can be readily expelled by warming before the examination is made. The addition of 1 c.c. of chloroform per liter of extract will generally be found sufficient.

Small quantities of thymol may also be used for this purpose—the small amount of thymol necessary will not interfere with the subsequent examination, but its use is not applicable where any part of the solution is to be used for fermentation (see sugars).

If the alcoholic or cold-water extract is found to be acid in reaction when first prepared it should at once be exactly neutralised, because heating with acids may cause changes in some of the constituents (e.g. cane-sugar may

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be inverted by citric acid). Dilute soda is most convenient for this purpose.

When lead acetate, normal or basic, mercuric chloride, etc., are used in excess for precipitating, and the metal is removed from the filtrate by H2S, free acid (acetic, hydrochloric, etc.) is produced in the solution. This should be neutralised as soon as the ELS has been expelled by warming [acetic and hydrochloric acids are not removed by heating dilute solutions].

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Full particulars of the chemistry of vegetable proteids, amides, etc., may be obtained from the following works.

Ritthausen. Die Eiweisskorper der Getreidearten. Bonn, 1872.

Schwarz. Die morphologische und chemische Zusam-mensetzung des Protoplasmas. Breslau, 1887. (Cohn's Beitrdge, Vol. v.)

Read papers by

Palladin. Ber. d. d. hot. Ges. "Vols. vi. and vn. (1888—1889.)

E. Schulze. Landw. Vers.-Stat. Vol. xxxvi. (1889) and Landw. Jahrb. xxi. (1892.)

Vines. Journal of Physiology. Vol. in. (1S81.) Proc. Roy. Soc. No. 191. (1878.)

Green. Phil. Tram. Vol. 178. (1887.)

Serno. (Distribution of Nitrates.) Landw. Jahrb. xviii. (1889.)

Osborne. Amer. Chem. J. xiv. (1892.)

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[CH. X

For convenience of practical study we may consider nitrogenous plastic substances as divisible into

(1) Proteids insoluble in water but soluble in dilute 1—2 p.c. alkali, [e.g. the gluten of cereals.]

(2) Proteids soluble in water.

Substances which give all the characteristic proteid reactions and are precipitated by potassium ferrocyanide and acetic acid, trichloracetic acid, cupric acetate, and normal lead acetate, etc., etc.

They may or may not be precipitated by boiling after addition of acetic acid, or by adding excess of 90 p. c. alcohol, [e.g. the ' soluble proteids' of cereals and leguminous seeds.]

(3) Peptones and albumoses.

Soluble in water but not precipitated by any of above reagents: give a characteristic reddish tint with the biuret reaction: are completely precipitated from neutral solutions by alcoholic mercuric chloride, and from slightly acid solutions by sodium phosphotungstate; are slightly diffusible through membranes, [e.g. vegetable peptones and albumoses of leguminous seeds.]

(4) Amides.

Amido-derivatives of organic acids, [e.g. asparagin, glutamin, betain, etc.]

(5) Ammonia, nitrates and nitrites.

The examination of these constituents is made on special extracts of original material obtained as described

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en. x]



on p. 244 (which are referred to below as the alkali solution and the water solution) and not on the extracts used for non-nitrogenous substances.


Froteids insoluble in water, soluble in dilute alkali.

A portion of the alkali solution is carefully neutralized with dilute acid, a precipitate (soluble in excess of acid) is formed if proteids are present. This precipitate should be filtered, washed, and portions of it tested by the ordinary reactions for proteids (xantho-proteic, Millon's, biuret, etc.)

Proteids soluble in water.

Portions of the solution should be tested by boiling after addition of a drop of acetic acid and by the addition of 90 p.c. alcohol—if precipitates are produced they should be filtered off, washed and tested for proteid reactions.

Whether precipitates are caused or not by the above add to fresh portions of the solution:—

(1) Potassium ferrocyanide and a drop of acetic acid,

(2) Aqueous solution of trichloracetic acid.

Both these reagents give precipitates with proteids and they will frequently cause precipitates when the solution does not change on boiling or on addition of alcohol.

If proteids are present add cupric acetate (aqueous solution) as long as it causes a precipitate, and filter.

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Peptones and Albumoses.

Remove excess of copper from the filtrate by H2S— warm to expel excess of H2S and concentrate the liquid if necessary.

Test portions of this solution for peptones and albumoses by:—

(1) Biuret test [an equal volume of strong soda (NaOH) solution and adding one or two drops only of dilute copper sulphate solution].

Peptones and albumoses give a characteristic colour of a redder tint than biuret.

(2) Sodium phosphotungstate and dilute sulphuric acid.

Peptones and albumoses give a white precipitate.

(3) Saturated alcoholic solution of mercuric chloride. Peptones and albumoses give a white precipitate insoluble in water when once thrown down.


If peptones and albumoses are present, remove by adding alcoholic mercuric chloride as long as it causes a precipitate—filter—evaporate off alcohol from filtrate and remove excess of mercury from solution by H2S. After warming to remove H2S, exactly neutralize solution with dilute soda and test portions for amides by:—

(1) Addition of freshly precipitated and well washed cupric hydroxide.

Amides form a deep blue liquid with solution of the hydroxide—if this liquid is carefully evaporated and

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allowed to stand (preferably in vacuo over sulphuric acid), characteristic crystals of copper oxide compound of amide may be obtained.

(2) A well-cooled mixture of potassium nitrite and dilute sulphuric acid.

Amides evolve nitrogen.

(3) Boiling for some time with dilute acid. Amides give ammonia in solution which can be tested

for in the usual ways, best by heating with excess of magnesia and testing for evolution of the gas.

Ammonia, Nitrates, Nitrites, may be tested for by ordinary methods in separate portions of the aqueous solution.

Ammonia, see Dragendorff, § 97, p. 81.

[ , see Fresenius, Qualitative Analysis, 10th ed. Nitrites)

pp. 228, 230.

The most useful reagents for these substances are metaphenylene-diamine and diphenylamine. Brucine in strong sulphuric acid, and starch solution with zinc iodide and acetic acid are also useful.

If it is required to examine further the nature of the proteids etc., this may be done by decomposing the precipitates caused by addition of metallic salts. Precipitates obtained from addition of copper, lead, and mercury salts may be decomposed by H2S, those from sodium phosphotungstate by excess of baryta (Ba(OH)2) and subsequent removal of excess of Ba(OH), in filtrate by current of CO*

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Amides can be recrystalliscd from dilute (50 p. c.) alcohol.

Estimation of Froteids.

The methods based on weighing the precipitated pro-teids are seldom satisfactory, as the precipitates are generally impure. The quantity of proteid in the precipitate can most conveniently be estimated by determining the nitrogen present and multiplying by the appropriate factor for the method employed.

The estimation of nitrogen may be made by any of the methods used in organic analysis, but Kjeldahl's method and Wanklyn's albuminoid ammonia process possess the great advantage that the precipitate or residue does not require to be powdered or intimately mixed with a solid, a process always difficult in such cases and frequently almost impossible.

The soda-lime method1 of Will and Varentrap much used at one time for the determination of nitrogen in organic residues, has been largely replaced by Kjeldahl's process.

For the estimation of peptones and albumoses, the nitrogen in the dried sodium phosphotungstate precipitate may be determined by Kjeldahl's process ; or the precipitate may be decomposed by alkali and the peptones etc. in solution estimated by Wanklyn's method; or by comparison of the colour obtained in biuret reaction with the colour given by standard peptone solutions under

1 A full account of the soda-lime process is given in Fresenius, Quantitative Analysis, 7th ed. vol. u. pt, I.

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similar conditions. Since it is not common to find any considerable quantities of these substances in vegetable tissues under normal circumstances the colorimetric method will generally suffice.

Estimation of Proteids in alkaline solution.

[As the other nitrogenous substances have been extracted by the previous treatment with water, all the nitrogen in this solution may be taken to be in the form of proteids.]

Evaporate to dryness a portion of the alkaline solution, weigh the residue and determine the nitrogen, in the whole or a weighed portion of it, by Kjeldahl's method.

For a full account of all necessary details of manipulation and precautions desirable see Sutton, Volumetric Analysis, 5th ed. pp. 68—70.

Nitrogen found x 6'3 = Proteids. or Ammonia x 5'2 = Proteids.


Add so much of the solution as will contain not more than 5—10 milligrams of proteids to 500 c.c. of pure distilled water, free from ammonia, in a large retort, and distil after addition of 50 c.c. of alkaline permanganate solution.

Determine the ammonia in the distillate byNesslerising.

For a full account of the details of the process see Wanklyn, Water-analysis (Triibner and Co.), or Sutton, Volumetric Analysis, pp. 389 and 397.

[The second 50 c.c. of distillate should be Nesslerised first and if it is found to contain much ammonia, the first

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50 c.c. of distillate should be diluted to 500 c.c. before being Nesslerised. The first 50 c.c., if Nesslerised without dilution, will often yield a precipitate or colour too deep to be accurately compared with the standard.]

It is absolutely necessary that all the apparatus and water employed should be quite free from ammonia. These operations are best performed in a room kept for the purpose where the apparatus and pure distilled water can be stored.

If 600 c.c. of water nearly free from ammonia are placed in the retort before beginning the determinations and 100 c.c. are distilled off and thrown away, the 500 c.c. of water will be quite free from ammonia and the whole apparatus perfectly clean.

The rapidity with which a number of estimations can be made by this process renders it very suitable for comparative experiments involving determination of proteids.

Ammonia x 10 = Proteids.

Estimation of soluble Proteids.

The nitrogen in the precipitate caused by copper acetate may be determined by using Kjeldahl's method on the dry precipitate, or, the precipitate may be suspended in water, decomposed by H2S and the proteids estimated in solution (after expelling H2S) by the albuminoid ammonia process.

Estimation of Peptones and Albumoses is seldom required, but methods by which it can be made are mentioned above, and the details can easily be worked out

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from a knowledge of the processes described for proteids. For the colorimetric method it is necessary to make standard solutions of pure peptone: any good commercial peptone may be used for this purpose, but it should be carefully dried before weighing out the quantities needed for the standard solutions.

Estimation of Amides.

Amides are estimated in a solution from which proteids and peptones and albumoses have been removed by the processes described for qualitative testing. The separation of amides, if several are present, is a matter of much difficulty; it is generally sufficient to estimate the total 'amides' together and calculate the result as asparagin; results obtained in this way should be stated as ' amides calculated as asparagin.'

Sachsse's method.

This method (decomposing amides with potassium nitrite and sulphuric acid, measuring the volume of nitrogen evolved) gives very good results but is rather difficult to manipulate and, unless great care is taken at all stages of the operation, gives results seriously too high.

For the details of Sachsse's method see Dragendorff, § 241, p. 245.

With asparagin the reaction is

C4H3N203 + 2HN02 = C4H605 + 4N + 2H20. Therefore in this process 56 grs. nitrogen =132 grs. anhydrous asparagin.

d. a. 17

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Method based on the action of dilute acids.

The solution is boiled for about one hour with 5 p.c. sulphuric acid in a flask with reflux condenser, and the ammonia produced is estimated either gasometrically by sodium hypobromite in a nitrometer, or by distillation with magnesia into a measured volume of standard acid.

With asparagin the reaction is

C4H8N203 + H20 = C4H7N04 + NH3.

Therefore in this process 14 grs. nitrogen = 132 grs. anhydrous asparagin (or 17 grs. ammonia = 132 grs. asparagin).

For details of the estimation of 'combined ammonia,' see Sutton, Volumetric Analysis, pp. 59 and 482.

[The gasometric process in the nitrometer is carried out as in the estimation of urea by sodium hypobromite.]

Estimation of Nitrates and Nitrites.

(a) Evaporate 100 c.c. to 5 c.c. (about) on the water-bath.

Decompose in the nitrometer with strong sulphuric acid over mercury and measure the volume of nitric oxide. This gives the NO from nitrites and nitrates [reduce volume to 0° and 760 mm.].

[See Sutton, pp. 226 and 362.]

(/3) In another portion of original solution (diluted with pure distilled water if much nitrite is present), estimate the nitrite by Griess' colorimetric method.

Calculate the vol. of NO from nitrite (at 0° and 760 mm.) in 100 c.c. of original, and subtract this from

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the total NO observed in (a): the difference is NO from Nitrate.

[See Sutton, p. 866.] (1 c.c. of NO (at 0" and 760 mm.)

= 00170 grs. NA or -00242 grs. N2Os).

Ammonia and other nitrogenous compounds will not seriously interfere with these reactions.

For estimation of ammonia present in aqueous solution see Dragendorff, § 97, p. 81.

Experiments on nitrogenous Metabolism. Qualitative.

Make an aqueous extract of young plants of Onobrychis sativa1 which have been grown in the dark and extract the residue (after exhaustion with water) with 2 p.c. NaOH (see p. 245).

Examine the NaOH extract for proteids insoluble in water.

Examine the aqueous extract for soluble proteids, peptones and albumoses, amides.

Examine another portion of the aqueous extract for ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites.


Compare the amounts of insoluble proteids, soluble proteids, peptones and albumoses (if qualitative examina-

1 The seeds should be put to germinate 8—10 weeks before the material for these experiments is required.


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tion has shewn these to be present) and amides in extracts (made as for qualitative testing) of

(1) seeds of Onobrychis sativa,

(2) young shoots of Onobrychis sativa grown under ordinary conditions,

(3) young shoots of Onobrychis sativa which have been grown in the dark or kept in the dark for several days before extracting.

Compare the amounts of ammonia, nitrates and nitrites in

(1) normal young shoots of Onobrychis sativa which have grown in sand,

(2) in normal young shoots of Onobrychis sativa which have been kept for several days soon after germination in the dark in absence of free oxygen,

(3) in normal young shoots of Onobrychis sativa which have been grown in sand watered with a solution containing ammonium nitrate (-5 p.c).

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Particulars of the chemistry of vegetable oils and fats may be obtained from

Spon's Encyclopaedia, ' Oils and Fatty Substances.'

Beilstein. Handbuch der organischen Ghemie, 3rd ed. vol. I.; Pfianzenfette.

Konig. Ghemie der menschl. Nahrungs- und Genuss-mittel, Berlin, 1889.


Green. Proa. Roy. Soc. xlviii. (1890). Sigmund. Sitzb. k. Akad. Wien (1890). MtiLLER. Ber. d. d. bot. Ges. vm. (1890). Suroz. (Abst.) Bot. Cent, Beiheft i. (1891).

Oils and Fats.

These substances will all be in the benzene or petroleum ether extract—the extract may also contain some volatile oils, terpenes, resins, etc., but except in the case of barks the amount of these is generally incon-

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siderable. The oils and fats will always be mixtures of glycerides of fatty acids or of free fatty acids or of both.

It is not necessary to attempt the separation of the acids, which is a difficult and complicated operation; it will suffice to determine the amount of substances which can be saponified by potash, and the glycerin produced in saponification.

Oils and Fats.

Qualitative examination (of benzene extract).

Distil off the greater portion of the solvent, transfer the residue to a dish and completely evaporate the remainder of the solvent on a water bath or in a steam oven.

Note the character of the residue, whether liquid, solid, or semi-solid, etc.

Warm the residue on a water-bath with strong potash solution for about one hour, dilute with water and filter if necessary (the portion of the residue which remains undissolved is probably resins and terpenes). To the hot solution add hydrochloric acid until litmus shows acidity, and allow to cool.

. The free fatty acids will generally solidify in a cake on cooling but may remain liquid, in either case they can easily be separated by filtering through a wet filter-paper.

The acid filtrate is examined for glycerin (it will contain considerable quantities of potassium chloride) by evaporating to the smallest possible volume on a water-bath and applying the following tests for glycerin to portions of the residue.

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(1) heat with fragments of acid potassium sulphate for several minutes.

Glycerin gives a very pungent acrid characteristic smell (smell of acrolein).

(2) Add a few drops of copper sulphate solution and then excess of potash solution.

If glycerin is present a deep blue liquid is produced instead of precipitate of cupric hydroxide.

If much glycerin is present in the residue it may be recognised by its physical characters.

[In the case of palmitin, one of the constituents of palm oil, the changes would be represented by the following equations, which may be considered typical for vegetable oils and fats.

Palmitin (glyceryl tripalmitate) = C3H5(C16H3102)3

Pot. palmitate (soluble in water). C3H5(C16H3102)3 + 3KOH = 3C16H3102K + C3H5 (OH), G16H3102K + HC1 = C16H3102H + KCl.

Palmitic acid (insoluble in water).

If saponification does not take place easily with aqueous potash, alcoholic potash may be substituted, and the heating must be done under a reflux condenser: in this case the alcohol must be distilled off before acidifying with hydrochloric acid.]

Quantitative examination.

Determination of total oils and fats.

Proceed as in qualitative examination, but weigh the

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residue obtained on evaporating off the solvent; as soon as the weight is constant, this may roughly be taken as the weight of oils and fats.

If any considerable amount of unsaponifiable residue remains after treatment with alkali, this must be washed, dried and weighed, and its weight subtracted from the total residue before calculating as total oils and fats.

Determination of free fatty acids.

The weight of these may be obtained by weighing the dried cake, or residue insoluble in water, after acidifying the products of saponification.

Determination of glycerin.

A convenient and fairly accurate process, applicable in these cases, is based on the power of glycerin to dissolve cupric hydroxide in alkaline solution.

The acid filtrate, from which free fatty acids have been removed, is neutralised with soda, and then rendered strongly alkaline by the addition of 10 c.c. of a sbrong soda solution; a dilute solution of copper sulphate is then run in with constant agitation until a permanent precipitate of cupric hydroxide is obtained.

Similar experiments are then made with the same quantities of water and soda to determine (by means of a standard solution of pure glycerin) how much glycerin corresponds to the solution of the amount of cupric hj-droxide noticed in the original experiment, which will be the amount of glycerin in the products of saponification.

[Various modifications of this process are used, but the method described is one of the simplest, and is quite

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accurate enough for comparative experiments where the differences in the amount of glycerin are likely to be considerable.]

Experiments on Oils and Fats in germinating Seeds.

(1) Determine the oils and fats in dry seeds of Lepidiam sativum.

(2) Determine the oils and fats in seedlings (dried at 100° 0.) which have germinated and grown for about 15—20 days.

(3) Determine the oils and fats in seeds (dried at 100° C.) which have just commenced to germinate.

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Full particulars of the chemistry of tannins may be obtained from the following works:

Watts. Dictionary of Chemistry iv.

Trimble. The Tannins. Vol. i. Philadelphia, 1892. Vol. ii. 1894.

Procter. A Text-book of Tanning. Spon, 1885.

On the Physiology of Tannins, read:—

Kraus. Orundlinien zu einer Physiologie des Gerb-stoffes (Leipzig, 1887).

Reixitzer. Bemerkungen zur Physiologie des Gerb-stoffes, Ber. d. deut. bot. Ges. vn. (1889).

Gardiner. Function of Tannin in Vegetable Cells. Proc. Carnb. Phil. Soc, 1884.

Waage. (Distribution, etc. of Phloroglucin.) Ber. d. deut. bot. Ges. vm. (1890).

On the solubility, etc. of glucosides consult:

Beilstein. Handbuch der organischen Chemie, 2nd ed., vol. in.; Glykoside.

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Tannins and Glucosides.

These substances will be completely extracted by alcohol of -850 Sp. G., and will therefore be present in the alcohol extract. (Extract No. II.)

After evaporating off the alcohol, taking up with water and filtering, the solution has to be examined for tannins, glucosides, and sugars, but the whole of the sugars will rarely be present in this solution.

Some proteids may pass into this solution but they are generally rendered insoluble by the treatment, and if they are found to be present after removing the tannins they can be precipitated by alcoholic mercuric chloride (as in removing peptones) before examining for sugars: small quantities of amides if present may be neglected.

It sometimes happens that the solution is rather strongly acid, in this case it should be exactly neutralised with dilute soda before commencing examination.

Under the heading of tannins and glucosides are included a large number of different compounds which are in many respects widely different in properties, although possessing certain characters in common, and it is consequently rather difficult to give general instructions.

It is assumed, in treating of these compounds, that it is not desired to make experiments concerning their relations to metabolism; but from any point of view it is of the greatest importance that the processes for their complete removal from solution should be thoroughly studied. Tannins and most glucosides readily give the reduction of Fehling's, Sachsse's, and the other solutions commonly

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used as tests for sugars; and since they are liable to split off glucoses under the action of acids, etc., it is not too much to say that it is hardly ever possible to ascertain certainly whether free glucoses were, or were not, originally present without first removing tannins. Micro-chemical tests for reducing sugars are useless unless it has first been shown conclusively that tannins are absent; all tannins, not only those which are glucosides, readily reduce Fehling's, etc., solutions.

It may in some cases be of interest to ascertain whether a given tannin is a glucoside or not, since there can be little doubt that the glucose which can be split off from such tannins is plastic material. This is not quite so easy as might seem apparent, but a satisfactory and fairly simple process is given on p. 273, by which this can be accomplished.

If it is required to compare the amounts of tannins in two extracts, one of the modifications of the permanganate process can be used—full details are given in Trimble, The Tannins, pp. 48—51, or Sutton, Volumetric Analysis.

It is generally sufficient to ascertain whether tannins are present, and then to determine which of the methods given is best adapted for their removal.

The addition of basic lead acetate will almost certainly carry down the whole of the tannins, many glucosides, and any proteids, etc. present, but the precipitate is very liable to contain the glucoses as well, and it is not at all easy to wash them out with alcohol or water. The use of large quantities of water for washing the precipitate is particularly to be avoided, as the precipitates of tannins

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with metallic salts appear to be more or less decomposed by pure water. It is better therefore not to resort to this method unless absolutely necessary.

Most of the natural tannins resemble in their properties the substance described as mimo-tannic acid (tannin from catechu and various species of Acacia), while they differ from commercial gallotannic acid, which gives several rather peculiar reactions and is not a good type of the general characters of vegetable tannins.

Phloroglucin is present in many cases in woody tissues (an account of its distribution is given by Waage, loc. cit. p. 265), but it is not probable that it is a plastic substance.

It would occur in the alcohol extract if present, and, as it reduces Fehling's, etc. solutions, should be tested for where woody tissues have been extracted.

It is easily removed if present by shaking with ether before examining for tannins and glucosides, which are not soluble in ether.


After the removal of tannins and proteids (if present) portions of the solution may be tested for glucosides if it is supposed they are likely to be present.

The reactions and solubility of the various glucosides likely to occur must be studied, and if they can be removed by shaking with an immiscible solvent it is best to proceed in this way (the process should be carried out in the same way as in removing tannins with acetic ether).

If a glucoside should be present which is not removed

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from aqueous solution by any immiscible solvent it must be precipitated by some appropriate reagent and the excess of reagent removed.

Before examination, the original extract must be evaporated till all alcohol is completely driven off and the residue taken up with water, and filtered if necessary. Any residue insoluble in water may be assumed to be resins, etc., and neglected.

If the solution is acid it should be exactly neutralised with dilute soda before testing.

Qualitative tests for Tannins.

Test portions of the neutral aqueous solution with :—

(1) A few drops of ' neutral' ferric chloride (large excess must be carefully avoided).

Blue-black or dull green coloration shows tannins.

(2) A few drops of solution of potassium ferri-cyanide and ammonia.

Beddish-brown coloration changing to brown shows tannins.

(3) Gelatin solution.

Dirty white precipitate shows tannins.

(4) Lime-water (Ca(OH)2).

Blue, brown, or red colour or precipitate shows tannins.

(5) Uranium acetate.

Brown precipitate, or reddish-brown or brown colour shows tannins.

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Qualitative tests for Phloroglucin.

[Where a woody tissue has been extracted, phloroglucin should be tested for in the aqueous solution obtained from the alcohol extract as described above.

Shake a portion of aqueous solution with ether, separate the ether layer and evaporate off the ether, take up the residue with water.

Test portions of the neutral aqueous solution so obtained with

(1) Ferric chloride.

Deep violet colour shows phloroglucin.

(2) Freshly cut pine wood and hydrochloric acid. Reddish-violet colour shows phloroglucin.

(For further tests for Phloroglucin see Beilstein, 2nd ed. vol. II. Phloroglucin.)

If phloroglucin is present the whole of the aqueous solution may be shaken with ether: the lower layer drawn off and warmed (to expel ether) can then be used for testing for tannins, etc.]

Removal of Tannins before examining for Sugars.

As explained above all vegetable tannins do not behave in the same way to reagents, excepting perhaps to gelatin and lead acetate; it is therefore advisable to try the reactions of a small portion of the solution before deciding which method to adopt for the removal of the tannins.

The methods may be tried in the following order

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till one is found which gives a filtrate quite free from tannin, as shown by ferric chloride, gelatin solution, lead acetate, etc.

(a) Shaking with acetic ether (ethyl acetate). Add about half the volume of acetic ether and shake thoroughly, allow the layers to separate and draw off the lower layer. To the separated lower layer add again about the same volume of fresh acetic ether and repeat the process.

Warm the separated lower layer (aqueous solution) on the water-bath till all smell of acetic ether has disappeared and test portions of the cold solution for tannin as above.

If the solution gives no tannin reactions the tannin is completely removed by ethyl acetate, and this method can be applied to the whole of the solution.

If on the other hand the solution still gives the tannin reactions, probably acetic ether will not remove the whole of the tannin, and it will be better to try some other method, such as (/3) or (7).

(/S) Shaking with magnesia or lead carbonate.

Add freshly ignited magnesia or pure lead carbonate (about 4 grs. per 100 c.c. of liquid), shake thoroughly and allow to stand for three or four hours with frequent shaking. Filter and test the filtrate for tannins. This process seldom fails to completely remove tannins from an aqueous solution, but in some cases a considerable quantity of Pb or Mg salts soluble in water may be produced.

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generally better to proceed at once to (7) than to try precipitating with other metallic salts.

(7) Shaking with hide powder or strips of raw hide (gelatin method).

The hide powder or strips of raw hide are thoroughly soaked in cold water, which is frequently changed, and then added to the tannin solution in considerable quantity, and allowed to remain in it for about 12—20 hrs. The whole of the tannins are absorbed by the solid mass but a considerable amount of organic matter nearly always goes into solution during the process from the hide, and before examining the filtrate for sugars it must be evaporated to dryness on a water-bath and taken up with 90 p.c. alcohol. The alcohol is then completely distilled off and the residue taken up with water.

To determine whether a tannin is a glucoside or not.

If soluble in acetic ether the tannin can be separated from free glucose by this means and the residue from evaporation of the acetic ether used in the experiment. If the tannin is not soluble in acetic ether it must be precipitated by lead acetate, or some other convenient metallic salt, and the well-washed precipitate used.

The residue or precipitate is heated with 2 p.c. hydrochloric acid for about two hours on a water-bath with a reflux condenser—allowed to cool and filtered. The solution is treated with basic lead acetate as long as it causes a precipitate, filtered and the excess of lead removed by

D. A. 18

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H2S: after removing H2S by warming, the solution is neutralized exactly and tested for glucose by ordinary tests (see p. 282). If the presence of much glucose is indicated, the original tannin was certainly a glucoside, but if only a small quantity of glucose is present, another experiment should be tried with a more carefully purified residue or lead precipitate.


After the removal of tannins some glucosides may still remain in solution. No general method can be given for detecting these substances, but if their presence is suspected, special tests may be tried for those glucosides likely to be present in any particular case.

A glucoside can generally be separated from aqueous solution by shaking with some appropriate solvent immiscible with water, such as amyl alcohol, benzene, chloroform, etc. (not ether), and it can then be identified by evaporating off the solvent and applying tests to the residue.

E.g. To detect salicin.

The aqueous solution is shaken with an equal volume of amyl alcohol, which extracts this glucoside completely from solution in water.

The amyl alcohol is then separated from the water and a part of the solution is cautiously heated till all the solvent (amyl alcohol) is evaporated off and a dry residue obtained. Salicin may be identified in this residue by its reaction (intense red colour) with strong sulphuric acid, and also by dissolving another part of

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tbis residue in water and applyiug the ' Saliretin' test to the aqueous solution1.

Sugars, etc.

After removal of tannins (also of glucosides and proteids if necessary), the solution may be examined for sugars.

The detection and estimation of sugars in this solution is carried out in exactly the same way as described for extract III. (cold water) after removal of dextrins (see p. 281) with which it may be mixed for examination.

The whole of the sugars may occur in this solution


(1) Make alcohol ("850) extract of willow bark (Salix viminalis) after previously extracting with benzene to remove resins, colouring matter, etc.

Test the extract for (a) Tannins. (6) Glucosides (Salicin). (c) Sugars.

(2) Compare the amounts of sugars which can be extracted by '850 alcohol in young and in ripe fruits of Musa sapientum, L.

(3) Show that the tannin extracted by -850 alcohol is a glucoside.

Make alcoholic extracts of material dried in each case at 100° 0.—and compare the amounts of sugar in solutions after complete removal of the tannins.

It is not necessary in this case to previously extract the material with benzene or petroleum ether.

1 See Presenilis, Qualitative Analysis 10th ed. p. 436.


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Before commencing work in this section full information as to the properties and characteristic reactions of the commoner carbohydrates should be obtained. For this purpose consult:—

Tollens. Handbuch der Kohlenhydrate. Breslau. 1888.

Beilstein. Handbuch der organischen Ghemie. 3rd Ed. Hamburg und Leipzig, 1893. (Vol. I. Kohlenhydrate.)

Watts. Dictionary of Chemistry (ed. Muir and Mor-ley). Articles, Dextrins, Vol. u.; Sugars, Starch, Vol. IV.

Read papers by:—

Brown and Morris. J.G.S. trans, lvii. (1890) 458, and J.G.S. trans. LXiu. (1893) 604. (Abstract in Annals ofBot. vii. No. 2.)

E. Schulze. Landiv. Vers.-Stat. xxxiv. (1887.)

Schimper. Bot. Zeit. (1885.)

Prunet. Gompt. rend. cxv. (18.92.)

Kulisch. (Sugars in Fruits.) Landw.Jahrb.xxi.(1892)-

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Soluble Carbohydrates (Dextrins, Sugars, etc.).

These will partly be present in the cold-water extract but some of the sugars will be found in the previous alcohol extract as already pointed out.

The examination of the solutions will depend on the nature of the results required; the simpler methods will frequently be sufficient for problems on metabolism, but methods for dealing with cases where more detailed information is required are also given.

Since the common sugars, glucoses, cane-sugar, and maltose are all undoubtedly plastic substances, it is often sufficient to determine these together as fermentable sugars and to calculate the result as ' glucoses.' The simple fermentation processes can often be used, as it is but rarely that solutions are obtained (after removal of tannins, etc., as above described) which contain sugars that do not ferment on the addition of yeast.

Dextrins do not ferment, or hinder fermentation, and it is not therefore necessary to separate them from a solution in using the fermentation methods.

Dextrins interfere much with determinations of sugars by the volumetric ' reducing' processes (in many cases they act as reducing agents), and although the precipitation by alcohol is tedious and troublesome it is generally better to use it, and to make the estimations with solutions free from dextrins.

A full discussion of the methods for estimating sugars in mixtures of glucoses, cane-sugar, and maltose need not be entered into here, but it may be stated that the process

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given on p. 285 gives satisfactory results, and although manj7 alternative methods may be used to confirm the results it will in most cases be quite sufficient.

It is desirable that experience should be gained in the use of one method before attempting others, but when results can be confirmed by the application of an independent method, it may sometimes be satisfactory to use more than one for the same object.

If any proteids, etc., are found in the solution after precipitation of the dextrins, they should be removed by mercuric chloride as in previous cases, but this will rarely occur.

Qualitative test for fermentable Sugars.

To a portion of the solution add a small quantity of active yeast suspended in pure water and allow it to stand in a warm place for several hours in a flask fitted with a bent tube, the free end of which passes into a solution of baryta water protected from access of air.

If fermentable sugars are present an abundant precipitate will be caused in the baryta-water (from C02 evolved), and alcohol can be detected in the contents of the flask by distilling off a small portion and testing the distillate by iodoform or other reactions.


To estimate the amount of fermentable sugars it is usual to absorb the C02 evolved in some appropriate form of apparatus which can be weighed before and after absorption of the gas; or to estimate the C02 by loss of

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weight of an apparatus from which the dry gas only can escape.

The problem is the same as that of the estimation of CO.. in carbonates, and full directions for the process are given in Fresenius, Quantitative Analysis, 7th ed. (Carbonic Acid).

It is necessary to make a parallel experiment with the same quantity of yeast in pure water and to subtract the amount of C02 obtained in this experiment from the total; the yeast itself always evolves some gas on standing for so long a time as is generally necessary for complete fermentation.

A convenient way of performing the estimation is to use two nitrometers, introducing the solution and yeast into one (over mercury) and the same quantity of yeast in water into the other (over mercury), at the end of the experiment the volumes of gas are read off and the weight deduced from the volume of gas obtained.

Where the amount of sugars is small it is better to estimate the alcohol produced rather than the C02, and this may be done in all cases as a control experiment. If the amount of alcohol in the distillate is considerable it is determined from specific gravity tables, but if small by Dupre^s method of oxidising to acetic acid and estimating the acetic acid by standard alkali.

(For Dupre's process see J. 0. S„ vol. xx.)

The following numbers may be used io calculating weights of glucose in fermentation experiments. C02 x 2-16 = glucose. Alcohol x 207 = glucose. Acetic acid x 1-58 = glucose.

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[Allowance is made for a deficit (products other than C02 and alcohol) of 5'5 p.c]

The sugars in solution may also be estimated by finding the loss of specific gravity of the solution on fermentation (after distilling off alcohol).

The specific gravity of the solution is taken by an accurate hydrometer or with a specific gravity bottle, the volume exactly noted, and yeast added. After the fermentation is complete the whole (or a definite part) is filtered and the alcohol distilled off, after which the liquid is made up exactly to its original volume with distilled water, and the specific gravity again taken.

The loss of specific gravity is due to the destruction of the sugars, and the amount of the latter can be calculated as shown below.

The specific gravity of dilute sugar solutions increases by about '00386 for every gram of sugars in 100 c.c. of solution (at 15° C), if therefore the specific gravity of the solution had diminished by '008 after fermentation we should conclude that the sugars in

100 c.c. of the original solution = grams.

Or the percentage by weight of sugars may be obtained by the use of tables1 (of which a number have been published) shewing the relation between specific gravity and percentage by weight of sugars.

At a temperature of 18°—20° C. fermentation will usually be complete in thirty to forty hours, but it is safer to let the action continue for three days.

1 See Chemiker-Kalender (1893, pp. 78—80).

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The appearance of the yeast (which forms a layer at the bottom of the liquid when fermentation is complete) and absence of frothing on the surface will easily show when the change is completed.

Further examination of aqueous extract (pentoses), dextrins, (inulin), glucoses, cane-sugar, maltose, (mannite).


Concentrate a portion of the aqueous solution to a small volume—a few c.c.—on the water-bath, add a large excess of strong alcohol and allow it to stand till the precipitate settles: if the addition of more alcohol causes a further precipitate allow it to settle again. The alcoholic solution can, in most cases, be completely decanted from the precipitate. If filtration is necessary, asbestos should be used.

[The precipitate is generally dextrins and need not be further examined, except for inulin, which would be precipitated with the dextrins. To test for inulin dissolve a portion of the precipitate in water, add a few drops of strong hydrochloric acid, boil, cool, and add a few drops of alcoholic solution of phloroglucin. Yellow-brown colour indicates inulin1.

If this reaction gives a positive result, dissolve the rest of the precipitate in water and add baryta-water as long as it causes a precipitate: collect and wash the precipitate, suspend it in water and decompose with a current

1 Green, Annals of Hot., Vol. i. p. 233.

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of C02: filter, and evaporate down the solution: crystals should be obtained if inulin was present.]

The alcoholic filtrate is evaporated till the alcohol is completely removed and the residue dissolved in water. The alcohol may be condensed and preserved.

The solution thus obtained is tested:—

(a) for reducing sugars, glucoses, maltose,

(b) for cane-sugar,

[(c) for mannite and pentoses.] (a) Test portions with

(1) Fehling's solution

(2) Sachsse's „

(3) Barfoed's „

(4 p.c. crystallized cupric acetate + 1 p.c. acetic acid.)

(4) Phenyl-hydrazin reaction.

If positive results are obtained with (1) and (2) but not with (3) and not easily with (4) it would indicate that only maltose is present, but this is rarely the case.

To ascertain whether maltose is present together with glucoses, it is necessary to make roughly quantitative experiments, and it is convenient to arrange these so as also to include the testing for cane-sugar.

Divide the solution into several equal parts.

(1) Use one part to determine the original 'reducing power' of the solution.

(2) Heat another part with citric acid and ascertain whether the 'reducing power' of the solution has been increased or not by heating with this acid.

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(3) Heat another part with dilute hydrochloric acid and ascertain whether the 'reducing power' has been further increased or not, i.e. if the value obtained for the ' reducing power' is greater than that obtained in (2).

Since cane-sugar only is inverted by citric acid and both cane-sugar and maltose by hydrochloric acid, it follows that an increase in (2) indicates the presence of cane-sugar, and a further increase in (3) that of maltose.

The exact details for performing these experiments are given in the next section under quantitative examination—fo qualitative evidence rough estimations will suffice.

If the presence of cane-sugar and maltose is indicated as above, attempts should be made to obtain crystals of the cane-sugar and an osazone of the maltose.

To obtain crystals of the cane-sugar add, to a portion of the solution, strontia-water Sr(OH)2 in considerable quantity and filter; evaporate down the filtrate till a precipitate (yellowish amorphous masses) begins to separate out, and let it stand for some time. Collect the precipitate, suspend in dilute alcohol and decompose with a current of C02; filter, concentrate the filtrate if necessary, and add strong alcohol till it just begins to cause turbidity. Stir in a small crystal of solid cane-sugar and allow it to stand.

To obtain maltosazone from maltose in presence of glucose, evaporate the solution to small bulk and add phenyl-hydrazin and sodium acetate as in testing for glucose. Heat on the water-bath for one hour with reflux condenser, and allow the products to stand in the cold for

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several hours. Filter off the glucosazone (which is nearly insoluble in cold water) and evaporate the solution to a small bulk on the water-bath and allow it to cool; maltos-azone (which is soluble in water) should separate out if maltose was present in the original solution.

[The maltosazone obtained in this way will not be pure, for satisfactory identification it should be recrystal-lised from alcohol and the melting point determined.]

This reaction in connection with the evidence obtained by an increase of reducing power on complete inversion, as compared with the reducing power after inversion with citric acid, will show satisfactorily whether maltose is present or not.

(c) Mannite and Pentoses.


A portion of solution is completely fermented with yeast, filtered, evaporated to dryness, and the residue is taken up with absolute alcohol. Addition of ether causes a precipitate if mannite is present.

If ether causes a precipitate, the precipitate should be collected and recrystallised from alcohol. Mannite crystallises well and may be recognised by the appearance of the crystals.

[Dulcite gives the same reactions, but can be easily distinguished from mannite by giving mucic acid when oxidised with nitric acid. Dulcite is of rare occurrence.]


A portion of aqueous solution is distilled with hydro-

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chloric acid, and the distillate tested for furfurol (furfur-aldehyde) by the colour reaction with aniline acetate.

[Brown and Morris did not find pentoses in leaves of Tropceolum: but compare the paper by De Chalmot, Amer. Chem. J. xv. (1893).]


It is not generally necessary to estimate dextrins, but if necessary the precipitate by alcohol may be estimated by the method described for starch; or it may be dissolved in water, dried at 110° C, and weighed as anhydrous dextrins.

Estimation of glucoses, maltose, cane-sugar.

For an account of the volumetric methods of estimating the reducing power of solutions by Fehling's, Pavy-Fehling's, or Sachsse's solutions, consult Sutton, Volumetric Analysis, pp. 259—269, where full details are given for preparing the standard solutions, and performing the operations.

[For standardising these solutions, pure anhydrous glucose (dextrose) can now be obtained from dealers in pure chemical reagents.]

Divide the solution in which the sugars are to be determined into three equal parts; 100 c.c. each is generally convenient.

(1) Use one part for the determination of the original 'reducing power' of the solution.

(2) Use another part for the determination of the 'reducing power' after 'inversion' with citric acid.

(3) Use another part for the determination of the

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'reducing power' after complete 'inversion/ i.e. inversion with 2 p.c. hydrochloric acid.

To invert with citric acid add 5 grs. of solid crystallised acid for every 100 c.c. of the solution and heat on the water-bath for one hour under a reflux condenser; then exactly neutralise and if necessary make up to the original or some definite volume.

For complete inversion add to the solution sufficient hydrochloric acid to make 2 p.c. of acid and heat on the water-bath for three hours under a reflux condenser; then exactly neutralise, etc. as after inversion with citric acid.

The determinations of ' reducing power' in (1) (2) and (3) should be made as accurately as possible.

[It is convenient to state results in 'grs. glucose per 100 c.c. of solution/ meaning that 100 c.c. of solution has the same reducing power as would be possessed by a solution containing so many grs. glucose.]

The calculation is easy when the method is thoroughly understood.

The reducing power is stated in grs. glucose in each case per 100 c.c, of solution.

Original reducing power = a.

Reducing power after inversion with citric acid = b.

Reducing power after inversion with hydrochloric acid = c.

b — a = glucose from inverted cane-sugar.

.". (b a) x '95 = cane-sugar.

c — b = glucose corresponding to increased reducing power of maltose inverted.

.". (c - b) x 2-32 = maltose.

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a — (maltose x "62) = glucose. [The numbers used above are obtained from these data: 34.2 grs. C^HsaOn give 360 grs. C6H1206 on inversion. .. glucose x -95 = cane-sugar or maltose. 1 gr. maltose has same reducing power as '62 grs.

glucose. 1 gr. maltose gives T05 grs. glucose on inversion. /. 1 gr. maltose on inversion gives increased reducing power = -43 grs. glucose (l'Oo—"62).


.. increase of glucose by inversion of maltose

x 2-32 = maltose] An actual example will illustrate use of the above. 100 c.c. of an extract:— (a) reduced 30 c.c. of Fehling. (6) after inversion with citric acid and neutralising,

38 c.c. Fehling. (c) after inversion with hydrochloric acid and neutralising, 45 c.c. Fehling. (10 c.c. Fehling = -05 grs. glucose.) Then &-a = 38-30 = 8 c.c. Fehling = "04 grs. glucose. /. cane-sugar = 04 x '95 = 038 grs. c — b = 45 -38 = 7 c.c. Fehling = '035 grs. glucose. .-. maltose = -035 x 2-32 = 081 grs.

a = 30 c.c. Fehling = "150 grs. glucose.

.*. original glucose = "150 grs. — ('081 x -62) = 1 gr.

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Therefore 100 c.c. of extract contain, Glucose '100 gr. Cane-sugar -038 gr. Maltose "081 gr.

Experiments on Sugars. Qualitative.

I. Examine leaves of Tropceolum majus for glucoses, cane-sugar, maltose.

Extract the dry material (1) with benzene, (2) with alcohol, (3) with cold water.

After removal of tannins, etc. from extract (2) mix the solution with extract (3) and examine as directed on p. 282.

II. Examine (a) leaves of actively growing Beta vulgaris which have been killed with chloroform and dried.

(b) roots of do. which have been stored at the end of summer.

Examine as directed for the leaves of Tropceolum.


I. Compare the amounts of fermentable sugars (calculated as glucoses) in the materials used for Qualitative, II.

Extract at once with cold water and use the methods described on p. 278 after removal of tannins by shaking with lead carbonate (see p. 272).

II. Compare amounts of sugars in (a) leaves of Beta vulgaris which have been killed by chloroform whilst in a state of active assimilation.

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(b) leaves of do. which have been cut off from the plant during active assimilation, kept in the dark for forty-eight hours, and then killed with chloroform.

Extract with (1) benzene, (2) alcohol, (3) cold watei.

After removing tannins, etc. from (2) mix the solution with extract (3) and estimate glucoses, cane-sugar, and maltose by the process described on p. 285.

D. A.


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Starch and Cellulose.


Wohl. Ber. d. d. chem. Ges. xxm. (1890). E. Schulze. Ber. d. d. chem. Ges. xxiv. (1891). Winterstein. Zeit. physiol. Chem. xvn. (1892). Scheibler and Mittelmeier. Ber. d. d. chem. Ges. xxiii. 2 (1890); ibid. xxiv. 1 (1891); ibid. xxvi. 3 (1893).

estimation of Starch.

A discussion of methods suitable for estimation of starch in leaves and plant tissues will be found in Brown and Morris' paper, J. C. S. lx. (1893), pp. 622—633.

Fair results may sometimes be obtained by using modifications of Sachs' iodine method1 colorimetrically, but it is frequently necessary to resort to ' chemical methods.' These are based on the insolubility of starch in cold water and its solubility in dilute acid, or in an extract containing diastase, cellulose being insoluble under the influence of these reagents.

1 See Part I, p. 21.

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Hot dilute acid (1 p.c.) is frequently used, being much more convenient than diastase, but there is reason to believe that this method under some circumstances yields results seriously too high, as the acid is not without influence on the cellulose (compare E. Schulze, Ber. d. d. Chem. Ges. xxiv. (1891), p. 2277, but also Winterstein, loc. cit).

With both reagents the starch is first converted into soluble products (dextrin and maltose, or dextrin, maltose and glucose), and the products are then further hydrolysed to glucose by continued action of stronger acid. The latter stage of the process is liable to error in both directions, the hydrolysis may not be complete or the glucose may be partly destroyed by' reversion.' To obtain good results it is necessary therefore to adhere strictly to the instructions given for any process.

Heating for half-an-hour with 1 p.c. sulphuric acid in a sealed tube at 120° C. (pressure about 2 atmospheres) gives good results with pure starch.

A full account of Allihn's and other methods for estimating starch is given in Tollens' work.


The whole of the soluble products obtained by limited hydrolysis of starch will be contained in the dilute acid extract (Extract IV.), and there will generally be little else in this extract. Any proteids etc., which it may contain may be neglected.


The original material is tested for solid starch either microchemically or by Sachs' iodine method.


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A measured quantity of acid solution (containing 1 p.c. sulphuric acid) is placed in a strong glass tube and the open end carefully sealed. The tube is then heated and kept at 120° C. for half-an-hour. When cool the tube is carefully opened, the contents washed out and made up to a known volume with distilled water, and the glucose estimated, after neutralising, by one of the volumetric processes.

Glucose found x '9 = starch (anhydrous), (CcH1(i05).

If diastase (malt-extract) instead of dilute acid is used to extract the starch from the material, the solution obtained (containing dextrins and maltose) may be treated in the same way to convert all the first products of the hydrolysis of the starch into glucose.

In a measured quantity of the solution, to which sufficient sulphuric acid has been added to make 1 p.c. acid, the glucose is estimated after heating in a sealed tube at 120° C. for half-an-hour.

When this method is used a correction has to be made for the reducing power of the substances produced by the action of the acid at 120° C. on the malt extract.

For this purpose a quantity of the malt extract equal to that taken for dissolving out the starch from the original material must be treated as directed above, and the glucose produced in the operation determined.

The amount of glucose found in this last experiment must be subtracted from the total amount found in the actual experiment, as the difference between these amounts

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represents the glucose produced from the starch iu the original material.

In the few cases in which it is necessary to estimate cellulose the residue from starch estimation can be used. The residue is shaken with ammonia, washed and then treated with dilute bromine water as long as the latter is decolorised, if much bromine is required it is better to treat again with ammonia and repeat the oxidation with bromine, the residue is then washed with ammonia and finally with water, dried at 100° and weighed as cellulose.

The rationale of the process is that substances other than cellulose are oxidised by the bromine water to products soluble in alkali, but the cellulose is not altered.

Experiments on Starch.


I. Estimate the amount of starch in the potato by the processes given on p. 292. Dry at 100° C. and :—

(a) Extract (1) with alcohol, (2) with cold water, (3) with 1 p.c. sulphuric acid at 100° C.

(b) Extract (1) with alcohol, (2) with cold water, (3) with malt extract (diastase) at 50—55° O.

(c) Also estimate the starch in another portion of the same by specific gravity and tables.

This can be conveniently performed by floating the potatoes in a saturated salt solution and adding water till they just sink; the specific gravity of the fluid, taken with an accurate hydrometer, then equals the sp. gr. of the potatoes.

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Tables showing the p.c. by weight of dry starch in potatoes, corresponding to different specific gravities, have been constructed1.

This method only applies to potato tubers.

II. Compare the amount of starch in leaves of Acer pseudoplatanus which have been collected on a warm evening after a bright day (and dried after killing with chloroform) with the amount in leaves of the same species collected early next morning and treated in same way.

Use the method given in I. (a).

III. Determine the starch in grains of wheat: and in grains of wheat which have germinated and been kept in the dark for three days before killing.

Use the method given in I. (a).

Let the grains germinate on damp sand, and after keeping three days in the dark take whole plants (including the residue of the grains, wash thoroughly, and dry at 100° 0.

1 See Chemiker-Kalender (1893, p. 377).

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Feesenius. Qualitative Analysis. ' Organic acids.' Read:—

De Vries. Bot. Zeitung 1879. Kohl. Bot. Gentralblatt xxxvm. 1889. Wehmer. Bot. Zeitung 1889. „ 1891. Landw. Vers.-Stat. XL. (1892). Doebner. Ber. d. d. chem. Ges. (xxvu.) 1894.

Organic acids.

It is doubtful whether any of these compounds are plastic, and it is almost certain that the lower members of the series such as acetic, malic, oxalic, etc. are not, but many of them are certainly indirectly useful in metabolism.

It is not generally necessary to ascertain exactly to what acids the acidity in any case is due, but it may be required to compare the amounts of acid present in tissues,

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in the free state or as acid salts. If it is required also to determine the combined acids in neutral salts, this may be done by precipitating with lead acetate, susj)ending the precipitate in water and decomposing with H2S; the free acid can be estimated in the solution (after filtering and warming to expel H2S) by titration with standard baryta-water, using phenolphthalein as the indicator.

Acids of which the calcium salts are insoluble in water will not be included in this estimation of the total acid, but if present they can be determined in the same way as for calcium oxalate.

Qualitative examination for Organic Acids.

For this purpose it is better to make a special extract of fresh tissues, by pressing out the juice as completely as possible, washing the residue with cold water, and diluting up to a definite volume.

Organic acids may occur free, or as acid salts, or as neutral salts. Ethereal salts (esters) of organic acids may also occur, but as these are insoluble in water and soluble in petroleum ether, benzene, etc., they are extracted and examined with oils and fats.

The identification of organic acids in a mixture is rather a difficult problem: full instructions will be found in Fresenius, Qualitative Analysis.

It must be remembered that salts of sulphuric, phosphoric and hydrochloric acids are nearly always present.

Students who have not had some practical experience in testing for organic acids in mixtures, should practise

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ch. xv] acids. 297

the methods on mixtures of known composition before attempting to identify particular acids in actual extracts.

To determine the 'acidity' of an extract.

Any exactly standardised caustic alkali may be used

N with phenolphthalein for indicator. — baryta is generally

convenient and sometimes gives a sharper reaction than soda or potash. The results may be calculated in grs. BaO neutralised, or as oxalic or acetic acids.

If an extract should be alkaline and it is desired to determine the alkalinity, it is better not to titrate directly with the standard acid, unless methyl orange is used as indicator, because the alkalinity will be partly at least due to alkaline carbonates.

The alkalinity is best determined by adding a known

volume of standard acid (excess), warming for some time

N to expel C02 and then finding the excess of acid by —p-

baryta and phenolphthalei'n in cold solution.

The results may be calculated in grs. acid neutralised.

Inorganic salts.


Feesexius. Quantitative Analysis. 6th English edition. Special part, pp. 678—690.

Fbesenius. Qualitative Analysis. 10th English edition. Ash of plants.


Palladix. Ber. d. d. hot. Ges. ix. (1S91).

Lawes and Gilbert. J. G. S. Tram. xlv. (1874).

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Hellriegel. Landw. Vers.-stat. IV. (1862). Stood. Landw. Vers.-stat. xxxvi. (1889). Kraus (abstr.). Bot. Gentralblatt xlix. (1892). Lesage. Compt. rend. cxu. (1891). Loew. Biol. Gentralblatt xi. (1891).

Flora. 1892. Schimper. Flora. 1890.

Inorganic salts. Ash of tissues.

The relations of various inorganic salts to metabolism are studied by culture experiments or by examining the ash of various tissues. The method of culture experiments is described in Part I., p. 58.

The best processes for obtaining the ash of a tissue are fully discussed in Fresenius, Quantitative Analysis, Special part, sixth English edition, pp. 678—690, and full details for determining the constituents are given.

Studies on the ash of tissues are only useful for determining the distribution of bases and of chlorine and silica; the other acid radicles commonly present, viz. C03, S03, P205, do not represent the proportions in which they were present as such in the original tissue, indeed in extreme cases they may have been entirely formed during incineration; but estimations of P205 may sometimes be useful, since if much P206 is found, the greater part of it was probably present as such originally.

In the case of readily fusible ash the practice commonly followed in the preparation of ash of sugars is very useful, viz. sulphating, but the chlorine will be expelled and cannot be estimated in a sulphated ash.

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CH. XV] ASH. 299

The addition of sulphuric acid greatly facilitates the burning of the last portions of carbon, and the process may generally be employed, but it must be remembered in this case that the ash will weigh rather more than an original ash, as C03 and Cl2 are replaced by S03.

Qualitative examination.

Since the constituents of ash are almost invariably the same it is seldom necessary to make a qualitative examination.

The bases are potassa, soda, lime, magnesia, ferric oxide, and small quantities of alumina and oxides of manganese.

The acid radicles are carbonic, sulphuric, phosphoric, silicic acids, and chlorine.

Quantitative examination.

If a complete analysis is required the scheme given in Fresenius (see above) may be followed, and it is easy to estimate any of the constituents by modifications of this process.

Determinations of chlorine, phosphoric acid, and alkalies may easily be made.


A weighed quantity of the ash is boiled with wrater and filtered, the chlorine can be estimated in a portion of the filtrate after exactly neutralising with nitric acid by standard solution of silver nitrate, using potassium chromate as indicator.

See Sutton, Volumetrio Analysis, p. 112.

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300 ASH.                        [CII. XV

Phosphoric acid.

A weighed quantity of the ash is dissolved in dilute nitric acid and filtered.

The phosphoric acid in the filtrate is precipitated with ammonium molybdate. The precipitate is collected, washed and dissolved in ammonia ; the phosphoric acid iu the ammonia solution ma}7 be estimated volumetrically by a standard solution of uranium acetate, after precipitating with magnesia mixture and dissolving the precipitate in dilute acid.

See Sutton, Volumetric Analysis, pp. 238—247.


A weighed quantity of the ash is boiled with hydrochloric acid and filtered. The filtrate is evaporated till nearly all free acid is removed, and baryta water added in slight excess; filter, after heating for some time on the water-bath : the filtrate will only contain the alkalies and barium salts as the other constituents are precipitated.

Add sufficient ammonia and ammonium carbonate to precipitate all the barium, let the precipitate subside and filter: evaporate the filtrate to dryness in a platinum dish and ignite till all ammonium salts are expelled.

Weigh the residue (chlorides of sodium and potassium). If it is desired to ascertain the amounts of sodium and potassium the residue can be dissolved in water after weighing, and the chlorine determined by standard solution of silver nitrate. The weight of the two chlorides and of the chlorine being determined the proportions in which Na and K are present can be calculated.

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OH. XV]                             EXPERIMENTS.                                    301

(If$=NaCIandy = KCl,

(x+y=a (weight of residue), CI          CI

p,. x + ^Ti y = b (weight of chlorine in a) :

from these equations the values of x and y can be found.)

Calcium oxalate.

Calcium oxalate can readily be estimated in plant tissues by extracting a weighed portion of tissue with dilute HC1, evaporating the extract to dryness and strongly igniting the residue. The ignited residue is dissolved in HC1 and the calcium estimated volumetrically by the usual process, with oxalate and standard potassium permanganate.

The calcium found is calculated to calcium oxalate (CaQAor CaGA+H20).

See Sutton, Volumetric Analysis, p. 133.

Experiments on organic acids.

(1)    Compare the acidity of juice pressed out of equal weights of petioles of young and old leaves of rhubarb (Rheum rhaponticum).

(2)    Compare the acidity and amounts of sugars in juice from ripe and unripe apples.

Determine the acidity of the juices with ^rbaryta and

phenolpthalem as directed on p. 297.

To determine the sugars take 50 c.c. of filtered and diluted juice, add lead acetate as long as it causes a precipitate, filter and remove excess of lead by H2S etc. and determine the sugars as directed on p. 285.

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302                                     EXPERIMENTS.                            [CH. XV

Experiments on inorganic salts.

(1)     Compare the amounts of ash which are obtained from equal dry weights of leaves of normal and etiolated potato plants.

Weigh the sulphated ash.

(2)    Compare p.c. of P205 and alkalis (soda and potassa) in the ash of young leaves and of grains of wheat or barley.

Obtain normal ash and estimate P206 and alkalis as directed on p. 300.

(3)     Compare the amounts of calcium oxalate in young and old leaves of Sempervivum tectorum.

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Unorganised Ferments (Enzymes).


Green. Annals o/Bot. Vol. vu., pp. 83—137.


Lintner and Dull. Ber. d. d. chem. Ges. xxvi. (1893).

Brown and Morris. Log. cit. pp. 633—661.

(References to other papers on diastase are included by the authors of the above.)


O'Sullivan and Tompson. J. G. S. Trans, lviii. (1890.)


Lintner. Zeit.fur das ges. Bramvesenxv. (1892.)

Unorganised ferments are soluble in water and precipitated by alcohol which does not destroy their power, but the latter is destroyed by heating above 80° C. An unorganised ferment should therefore be extracted by cold water, but this is not always possible, even when the

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material has been killed and is completely disintegrated, so that cases may occur where material suspended in water will show ferment action, when an extract will not.

Dilute glycerin may be used instead of water for extracting ferments; if this is used the solution is precipitated by alcohol and the precipitate dissolved in water.

The amount of ferment present in a solution cannot be determined, but the amount of a particular change produced by different solutions containing a ferment may be compared.

Qualitative examination.

The presence of ferments is shown by allowing the extract to stand in contact with the substances on which it is supposed to be capable of acting for some hours at 30°—50° C-, and then testing for characteristic products.

A parallel experiment is made at the same time with another portion of the extract which has been boiled before using, to destroy the ferment; if none of the characteristic product is produced in this case, the action of the original extract may be attributed to ferment.


Equal quantities of two extracts are allowed to act, under similar conditions, for equal times on equal weights of the substances to be acted on, and one of the products of the change is estimated.

The activity of the two solutions will be roughly-proportional to the amounts of the product formed.

Kjeldahl has shown that methods based on measuring

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the time required for transforming a given weight of starch are not reliable, since there does not appear to be a simple relation between the rate of change and amount of diastase causing it.


The volumes of extracts required to completely change a given weight of the substance in a given time may be found by trial. The activity of the extracts will be roughly proportional to the volumes used.

[A discussion of processes for comparing the diastatic activity of tissues is given by Brown and Morris, loc. cit. p. 637 ; the same principles will apply to other ferments.]

Preparation of a Ferment. (Diastase.)

Make an aqueous extract of malt, using about 100 c.c. of water for each 10 grs. of malt taken.

Mash up the solid as completely as possible in a mortar with a little warm water, transfer to a bottle, adding more water, and shake for two hours. Then heat for half-an-hour at 50°—55° C, filter and concentrate the aqueous solution under reduced pressure to a small bulk.

To the concentrated aqueous solution add 90 p. c. alcohol so long as it causes a flocculent precipitate, ceasing the addition of alcohol when it begins to render the liquid distinctly turbid or markedly opalescent; filter off the precipitate, wash it with absolute alcohol and dry in an exhausted desiccator over sulphuric acid.

The solid is impure diastase.

Experiments on Diastatic Ferments.

(1) Prepare a specimen of diastase. d. a.                                                                   20

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(2)    Compare the diastatic power of malt and un-germinated barley.

(3)    Shew that cold water extract of malt has diastatic power, but that cold water extract of leaves of barley when filtered clear has little or no diastatic power.

(4)    Compare the diastatic power of the leaves of Pisum sativum and Trifolium. pratense.

Experiments on Invertase and G-lycase.

(1)    Shew that water in which living yeast cells have been suspended has no invertive action on cane-sugar when filtered quite free from yeast cells, but that water in which yeast cells have been killed and crushed has invertive power even when filtered quite clear.

(2)    Shew that the addition of finely ground maize suspended in water transforms maltose into dextrose.

G-lucoside Ferments.

Shew that emulsion of bitter almonds will produce saligenol from salicin.


. (1) Prepare a specimen of solid diastase by the method given on p. 305.

Shew that the specimen is soluble in water and that it will produce dextiins and maltose from starch.

(2) Make aqueous extracts of malt and barley as described for preparation of diastase.

Compare the diastatic power of the extracts by their action on soluble starch.

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[Starch solution for these experiments should be very carefully made. Rub '2 grs. of pure dry starch into a thin cream with a little cold water and pour it into 200 c.c. of actually boiling water; continue boiling for two minutes and allow it to cool. The solution should always be freshly prepared immediately before using.]

Put 10 c.c. of the above starch solution into each of five test-tubes marked A, B, G, D, E.

To A add 1 c.c. extract + 4 c.c. water. B „ 2c.c. „ +3 c.c. „ G „ 3 c.c. „ +2 c.c. „ B „ 4 c.c. „ +1 c.c. „ E „ 5 c.c.             + 0           „

Place the test-tubes in a water bath at 50°—5o° C, and allow to stand for one hour. Take out the test-tubes and cool thoroughly, then test a few drops from each (about 2—"3 c.c.) with a drop of iodine solution and note which tube shews the reaction to be just complete (i.e. the first which gives no blue or violet colour with iodine).

If the reaction is not complete in any of the tubes, more of the extract can be added in the same proportions as at first and the heating continued for another hour at 50°—55° C, if the same quantity was taken from each for examination.

If the reaction is complete in all the tubes more starch solution can be added in the same way. A rough preliminary experiment will easily shew about what quantities of starch solution and extract will be convenient.

Repeat the determinations with the second extracts in an exactly similar manner.


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The diastatic power of the extracts will be proportional to the numbers of c.c. of each which will ' convert' a given weight of soluble starch in a given time under similar conditions : e.g. if in one set of experiments ' conversion' is just complete in B (2 c.c. extract), and in another in D (4 c.c. extract), the diastatic power of the first extract is twice that of the second.

Another method is to allow equal quantities of the extracts to act upon excess of solution of soluble starch for one hour at 50°—55° C, and then estimate the ' reducing sugars' produced.

At the end of one hour the mixtures are concentrated on a water bath, after first rapidly heating to 100° C. to stop further action, and the starch and dextrins precipitated together by excess of alcohol.

The reducing sugars are estimated in the filtrate, after distilling off the alcohol and taking up the residue with water, by Fehling's (or other suitable) solution (see p. 285).

The reducing power of the extracts used must be determined in each case and subtracted from the total reducing sugars found.

The diastatic power of the extracts will be proportional to the amounts of reducing sugars formed by their action on soluble starch.


(1) Filter off some of the water in which active yeast is suspended, by adding some 'paper pulp' and filtering through asbestos : [it is not very easy to completely remove yeast by ordinary filtration].

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The solution does not invert cane-sugar.

(2) Mash up some yeast thoroughly with a little water and ether (to kill the yeast cells), filter as in (1). The solution contains invertase and will invert cane-sugar rapidly.

Use a 2 p.c. solution of cane-sugar for these experiments and treat it for one hour at 20°—30° 0.

Test for glucoses (products of inversion) with alkaline copper or mercury solutions, etc. as described on p. 282.

Hydrolysis of Maltose by G-lycase.

Act on 200 c.c. of starch solution with diastase dissolved in water, or fresh malt extract as in experiments on p. 305, till the mixture no longer gives any reaction with iodine.

The solution boiled and filtered till quite clear, contains dextrins and maltose but no glucose: test a portion of the solution by phenyl-hydrazin, and also by acetic acid and cupric acetate, to shew that it contains no glucose. The boiling prevents any further action of the diastase or of enzymes in the malt extract.

To the remainder of the solution add 10 grs. of coarsely ground maize and keep the mixture at 40°—50° C. on the water bath for 5 or 6 hours. Boil and filter till quite clear: the solution contains much glucose, as is easily shewn by the tests mentioned above. A control experiment should be conducted at the same time to shew that the glucose was produced by the hydrolysis of maltose and not from the maize itself.

For this purpose another 10 grs. of coarsely ground maize is digested under similar conditions with about

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200 c.c. of water and the mixture is then boiled and filtered. The filtrate is tested for glucose. Some glucose will always be found in this filtrate, but there is generally so much more glucose formed from the solution which contained maltose than in the control solution, that the hydrolysis of maltose in the experiment is clearly demonstrated. If however so much glucose is found in the filtrate from the control solution that it is not obvious that there is more glucose in the filtrate from the maltose solution, then determinations of the glucose must be made in portions of each of the filtrates. In this case determine

(1)    The original ' reducing power' of the maltose solution.

(2)    The 'reducing power' of the same after the action of the maize.

(The increase of 'reducing power' will be due partly to the formation of glucose by hydrolysis of maltose and partly to sugars formed from the maize itself.)

(3)     The reducing power of the solution obtained in the control experiment.

The amount of glucose in the filtrate from the actual experiment can be calculated from the difference between the values obtained for the ' reducing power' in (2) and (1) by the method explained on p. 285 ; and if the amount of glucose found in (3) be subtracted from this the result gives the amount of glucose formed from maltose in the experiment.

The determinations of ' reducing power ' may be made

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volumetrically with Fchling's solution, but it is not necessary to remove the dextrins present in these experiments, as rough results are sufficient to give the chemical evidence in a perfectly conclusive form.

Decomposition of a glucoside (salicin) by a ferment (synaptase) from another plant.

Add to a 5 p.c. solution of salicin (which gives no reaction with dilute ferric chloride), some paste of bitter almonds ground up with water and sand. Digest for a few hours on the water bath at 40°—50°C, filter clear and test a portion of the filtrate with dilute ferric chloride, a deep purple colour is produced (destroyed by acids or alkalies) due to saligenol, formed by hydrolysis of salicin.

C13H1807 + H20 = C6H4. OH. GH2. OH + C6H1206. Salicin                          Saligenol             Glucose.

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General Experiments.

(1) Determine the increase per day of nitrogenous compounds and cellulose in vigorously growing Spirogyra.

Take some healthy Spirogyra which has been well washed in distilled water, filter and allow it to drain on a perforated filter plate. Weigh out two equal portions (about 15—20 grs. each). Place one portion (B) in ordinary water and expose it to bright sunlight. Dry the other portion (A) at 30°, and note its dry weight.

Extract one portion of A with 2 p.c. soda and determine the proteids in the extract (nitrogen by Wanklyn's albuminoid ammonia process, see p. 255).

Extract another portion of {A) with dilute alcohol and then with 1 p.c. sulphuric acid and treat the residue with ammonia and bromine water (see p. 293) : then dry the residue at 100° C. and weigh ( = cellulose).

At the end of twenty-four hours take out the whole of B and wash thoroughly with distilled water; then collect, dry, and treat in same way as A. The increase of proteids

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and cellulose in B -will be the amounts formed per day by the weight of Spirogyra taken.

(2)    Shew that formation of starch is influenced by supply of inorganic salts.

Take some young leaves of Sparganium natans (or shoots of Elodea canadensis) and grow one portion (A) in pure distilled water, and another portion (B) in a culture solution, both being freely exposed to light and air, for several days.

Determine in portions of A the p.c. of starch (if any) and the p.c. of (sulphated) ash.

Do. in portions of B.

(3)    Trace the changes which occur during germination in the reserve materials of an oily seed under different conditions.

Take three equal weights (about 10 grs. each) of air-dried hemp-seeds (A), (B), (G).

Allow B and G to germinate on damp asbestos cloth and when the plumules have reached a length of 2—3 cm., place B in a bell-jar arranged so as to exclude COs1: place C under similar conditions, but with free access to C02: leave B and G exposed as much as possible to light for about a fortnight. Then kill them by chloroform vapour and dry at 25°—30°.

Note weights (air-dried) of A, B, and G.

Make extracts of aliquot portions of A, B, and G, and determine for each of them, (1) nitrogenous compounds, (2) oils and fats, (3) sugars, (4) starch, (5) cellulose.

» See Part I., Fig. 8, p. 30.

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Many of the above experiments give very varying results with different material. As instances of extreme variations we may mention two of our experiences.

On one occasion the shoots of Onobrychis sativa which had been kept for the usual time in the dark contained scarcely a trace of amides, and on another no traces of tartaric acid could be detected in beet-root juice, which commonly contains enough of this acid to be easily detected without any special skill in this kind of analysis.

We have therefore added the following notes on our experiences in conducting these experiments with students, and given the numbers obtained for the quantitative results of fairly representative cases.

We have tried as far as possible to arrange the quantitative experiments so that fairly accurate work will clearly demonstrate the principles involved, but in such cases as the estimation of proteids and mixed sugars very careful work is essential.

Chapter X. p. 259. Proteids, etc. Qualitative.

The NaOH extract will contain large quantities of proteids insoluble in water and give a copious precipitate when neutralised.

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The aqueous extract always contains some proteids soluble in water and may contain a small amount of peptones and albumoses, but these substances are often absent, or present only in traces.

Considerable quantities of amides -will be found. Traces of ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites sometimes occur, but commonly these compounds are absent.


The following values were obtained in a set of experiments with seeds and shoots of Onobrychis.

The p.c. are calculated for air-dried material in each case.

Proteids insoluble in water

Proteids soluble „ ,,

Peptones and Albumoses


Ammonia                   1

Nitrates and Nitrites/

Ammonia. Nitrates, etc. (p. 260). Experiment No.          1


Shoots normal.


kept in

the dark.



8-0 p.c.






0-5 p.c.



5-9 p.c.



nil p.c.

Normal shoots.

Shoots kept in Shoots from plants the dark and watered with absence of ammonium oxygen. nitrate.



2-8 1-3 p.c.



nil 1-7 p.c.



nil O'Sp.c.


XI. p. 265.

Oils and Fats.


If a portion of the oil from Lepidium seeds is qualitatively examined it will be found that the whole of the oil is not

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saponifiable by aqueous or alcoholic potash. The exact chemical nature of the unsaponitiable substances is uncertain, but they are probably not plastic.

Considerable quantities of glycerin can be detected after saponification of the oil.


Values obtained with seeds and seedlings of Lepidium. The p.c. are calculated for material dried at 100° C.

Experiment No.              13                    2

Seeds, germinating radicle Seedlings and Seeds.        protruding a remains of seed.

few mm.

Oils and Fats              30-2              23-7              5-2 p.c.

Glycerin produced by saponifying oil from 100 grs. of material dried at 100°.                      3-1 grs.          1-8 grs. 0-5 grs.

Chapter XII. p. 275. Tannins and Glucosides.


Experiment No. 1. "Willow Bark.

Much tannin is generally present, which is best removed by hide powder ; but shaking with lead carbonate will also remove the tannin completely if the process is repeated several times.

Salicin is commonly present in sufficient quantity to be easily detected; and small quantities of glucose are generally found.

Experiment No. 2.

Young and ripe fruits of Musa. Much tannin and little sugars may be expected in the young fruits, but in the old fruits much sugars as well as tannins.

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Chapter XIII. p. 288.


Experiment No. 1.

Glucoses, cane-sugar, and maltose are generally all present.

Experiment No. 2.

(a)     Very little or no cane-sugar or reducing sugars will be found.

(b)     Abundance of glucoses and cane-sugar will be found, but little or no maltose. Crystals of cane-sugar can easily be obtained by the strontia method.


Values obtained in a set of experiments with leaves and roots of Beta vulgaris.

The p.c. are calculated for material dried at 100° C. Experiment No. 1.

Total sugars.                       Leaves.         Boots.

Est. by fermentation process and

calculated as glucoses                       0-2         6'8p.c.

Experiment No. 2.                (a)                (b)

Glucoses               0-5               1-8

Cane-sugar           nil               nil

Maltose                0-3               07

Chapter XIV. p. 293.


Values obtained using tubers of potato, leaves of Acer pseudoplatanus, and grains and seedlings of wheat.

The p.c. are calculated for material dried at 100° C. in each case.

Experiment No. I. (a)                    (b)                    (c)

Starch                         57-2                 56-9                 57-0 p.c.

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The results of these three experiments should not differ by more than 1—2 p.c.

Experiment No. II.

Values obtained in three different sets of experiments.


As the figures indicate the result of these experiments varies greatly, and apparently in no regular way, but the greatest difference may be expected when a warm damp night has succeeded a clear bright day.

;s killed in


Leaves killed in the


early morning.


2-5 p.c.


1-7 p.c.


3-2 p.c.

Experiment No. Ill

Starch                         59-6                         3-0 p.c.

Seedlings kept in dark Grains.                         for three days.

Chapter XV. p. 301. Organic acids, etc.


For ascertaining what organic acids are present, free and combined, beet-root juice may be examined, in which varying quantities of acetic, glycolic, malic, citric, tartaric, oxalic, succinic, and aconitic acids are commonly present.


Values for old and young petioles of rhubarb.

Experiment No. 1.

Young                   Old

Acidity.                                 petioles.               petioles.

[Calculated as oxalic acid              0*6              2-2 p.c.


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Values for ripe and unripe apples. Experiment No. 2.

Acidity. [Calculated as


Unripe apples.


Ripe apples.

0-3 p.c.

Sugars. Glucoses


4-6 p.c.



0-9 p.c.



nil p.c.

The p.e. in experiments 1

and 2


calculated for fresh


Using leaves of etiolated and normal

potato plants values

obtained were

Experiment No. 1 (p. 302).

Normal leaves.       Etiolated leaves.

Ash (sulphated)                 4-7                    2-5 p.c.

The p.c. are calculated for leaves dried at 100° 0. Experiment No. 2.

Values for ash from grains and young leaves of wheat.

Ash from young                  Ash from

leaves.                            grains.

P206                       4-0                     48-5 p.c



y                  21-4                       79 P.c.

The p.c. are calculated for ash—i.e. represent weights of P205 and alkali in 100 grs. of ash of each of the substances not in 100 grs. of each of the substances compared.

Experiment No. 3.

Values for CaC204 in young and old leaves of Semper-


Young leaves.        Old leaves.

Calcium oxalate (CaC204)              1-3                41 p.c.

The p.c. are calculated for fresh leaves.

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Chapter XVI. p. 305. Unorganised ferments, etc.

Diastatic Ferments.

Experiment No. 2.

Using the method described in the text (p. 304) an extract of 10 grs. of fresh malt acting for one hour at 50° on soluble starch produced 2-5 grs. of maltose; whilst a similar extract of 10 grs. of barley grains acting under exactly the same conditions produced only traces of maltose.

Experiment No. 3.

An extract of air-dried leaves of barley compared under exactly similar conditions with the same malt extract as used in experiment No. 2 produced no maltose.

Experiment No. 4.

Adding to the soluble starch solution the finely divided tissues themselves and not extracts which had been filtered clear.

10 grs. air-dried leaf acting                Leaves of                       Leaves of

for one hour at 50°, pro-                     Pisum                          Trifolinm

duced from soluble                       sativum.                         pratense. starch.

Maltose                        0-6 grs.                    0'2 grs.

Invertase. Glycase. Glucoside ferments.

Experiments No. 1—3.

Positive results should be easily obtained in all these experiments.

In No. 3—where a control experiment is made—we have never found the quantity of sugars produced by digesting 10 grs. of coarsely ground maize with 200 c.c. of water, for 5 or 6 hours at 10°—50", to exceed 0-2grs. of 'reducing' sugars.

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Chapter XVII. p. 312. General experiments.

Experiment No. 1.

An experiment under veiy favourable conditions gave the values

A (dry weight of Spirogyra used)            =21-5 grs.

B (dry weight of Spirogyra obtained

after 24 hours) = 24*1 grs.

For twenty-four hours.

Increase in dry weight = 2'6 grs. Increase of proteids = -8 grs. ] for 21.5 of

(Nx 6-3)                       \ e

Increase of cellulose = 1 "3 grs.;

Experiment No. 2.

Using leaves of Sparganium nalans—sixteen days. A                        B

in distilled water.

in a culture solution.



6-5 p.c.



4-8 p.c.

The p.c. are calculated for material dried at 100° C.

Experiment No. 3.

Values for a set of experiments with hemp seed. Weights of three portions of original seed.

A.                       B.                       C.

10-0 grs.             10-0 grs.             10'Ogrs.

"Weights of A, B and 0 after experiment.

A.                        B.                      0.

10-0 grs.               4-2 grs.             11-1 grs.

d. a.                                                                           21

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[A PP. I

Analysis of A, B and C after experiment.

Nitrogenous compounds ] (N x 6-3)              J

Oils and Fats Starch Cellulose Sugars





nil 18-6



seedlings 14 days without access of C02.







normal seedlings.

28-4 p.c.

6-2 p.c. 12-8

p.c. 25'5p.c. traces

The p.c. are calculated in each case for material dried at 30" 0.

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Reagents required for experiments on Metabolism.


Inorganic. Asbestos. Lead carbonate. Magnesia.

Potassium sulphate (acid). Soda-lime.

Organic. Aniline acetate. Brucine. Cane-sugar. Dextrose.

Organic liquids.

Alcohol. Commercial absolute.

,,           Methylated spirit.

Amyl alcohol. Benzene. Chloroform. Ether.

Ethyl acetate (acetic ether). Glycerin.

Petroleum ether (completely volatile below 60" C.) These liquids must leave no residue on evaporation.


Citric acid.



Hide powder.








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Alcohol of about 98p.c. can be obtained from good methylated spirit by distilling two or three times off freshly burnt lime, it should be allowed to stand over the lime for twenty-four hours before each distillation.

The methylated spirit now commonly sold is useless for this purpose but the 'ordinary methylated spirit,' which is still supplied for manufacturing and scientific work, when treated with lime can be used for all purposes where alcohol not stronger than 98 p.c. is required.]

Standard Solutions.

Decinormal Sulphuric acid.

„         Alkali (baryta).

,,         Potassium permanganate.

„         Silver nitrate.

Uranium acetate (1 c.c. = -005 grs. P206). Nessler's                                          1 prepared as described

Ammonium chloride                        linWanklyn's "Water

Alkaline potassium permanganate J Analysis." Fehling's.

Sachsse's (alkaline mercuric iodide).

Barfoed's (4 grs. cryst. cupric acetate + 1 gr. acetic acid per 100 c.c.)

Solutions in water.


Hydrochloric ~\

Nitric             > (concentrated and 10 p.c.)

Sulphuric J

Acetic (glacial and 10 p.c.)

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Oxalic (saturated). Trichloracetic (10 p.c.)


Liquor Ammonise.

Ammonium carbonate (saturated).

Baryta-water \

Lime-water > (saturated).


Soda (caustic) (2 p.c., 10 p.c. and 50 p.c.)

Sodium carbonate (saturated).

Copper acetate (10 p.c.)

Copper sulphate (10 p.c.)

Lead acetate (saturated).

Basic lead acetate (prepared by boiling 100 grs. of lead

acetate and 70 grs. lead oxide (litharge) with 500 c.c.

of water for half-an-hour and filtering). Millon's reagent (mercuric nitrate and nitrous acid). Potassium ferrocyanide (saturated). „         ferricyanide (5 p.c.)

nitrite (20 p.c.) Sodium acetate (20 p.c.) Sodium phosphotungstate (saturated) Ferric chloride (10 p.c.) Bromine-water (saturated). Litmus (neutral).

Solutions in 98 p.c. alcohol.

Mercuric chloride (saturated). Thymol (saturated). Phloroglucin (5 p.c.) Phenolphthalein (3 p.c.)

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Special apparatus.

Lunge's Nitrometer.

Soxhlet's Fat-extraction apparatus1.

Arrangement for continuous agitation.

Material required.

Seeds of Cress (Lepidium sativum).

„ Sainfoin (Onobrychis sativa).

„ Hemp (Cannabis sativa).

Young and ripe fruits of Apple.

„                    Banana (Musa sapientum).

Bark of Willow (Salix viminalis).

Leaves of Pea (Pisum sativum).

„        Barley (Hordeum).

„        Clover (Trifolium).

., Tropseolum.

,,        Beetroot or Mangold-wurzel (Beta).

,,        Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus).

,,        (Old and young) of Sempervivum tectoriim.

„                   ,,                   Rhubarb (Hheum).

,, (of normal) Potato.

„ (of etiolated) Potato.

Roots of Beetroot or Mangold-wurzel.

Grains of Barley.

„ Maize.


Bitter almonds.

Fresh Malt.

,, Yeast.


,, Shoots of Elodea canadensis, or Sparganium nutans.

1 Schleicher and Schiill have recently introduced paper shells for use with Soxhlet's apparatus in place of the inner tube, -which are very satisfactory.

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Absorption by roots of water and salt in certain proportions, 73 ; of water by dead roots, 78; by transpiring plant, 79

Acer negundo, oxalate in, 66; used in experiments on starch, 294

Acer pseudoplatanus, for water culture, 62

Acid, effect on chlorophyll of, 51 ; malic, effect of, on antherozoids, 215

Acidity, see Acids

Acids, organic, 295; tests for, 296; determination of acidity, '297 ; experiments on, 301, 318

Acton, on assimilation of sugar, 32 n.; on water-culture, 58 n.; on species suitable for water-culture, 61

Adoxa, runners of, 191

iEsculus hippoeastanum, oxalate in, CO

After-effect, 171; heliotropic, 181

Agitation, machine for continuous, 213

Air, passage of, under pressure through cell-walls, 88

Air-pump, suction of, compared with transpiration current. 'Jo; Strasbnrger's and Janse's transpiration experiments with, 96

Albumoses, see Proteids

Alcohol obtained from methylated spirit, 324; use of, in extraction, 242 ; use of, in precipitation, 281, 305

Alisma, for water-culture, 162

Alkali, use of, in extraction, 245

Alkalinity, see Acids

Amaranthus, anthocyan in, 52

Amides, qualitative tests for, 252 ; estimation of, 257, 258 ; experiments on, 259, 260

Ammonia, 253, 200, 315 ; estimation of, 259

Analysis, preparatory treatment of material for, 240

Anisotropism, 121, 122

Antherozoids attracted by malic acid, 214

Anthocyan, 52

Apheliotropism, 182

Apogeotropism, 164

Apparatus for culture of plants without C02, 28, 30 ; for recording geotropic and sleep movements, 172,223 ; and manipulation, books dealing with, 240; Winkler-Hempel, for gas-analysis, 7,

Aquatic plants, see Water plants

Arc-indicator of Sachs, 152

Aristolochia, nitrates in, 66

Arum, stomata of, 107

Arundo donax, variegated leaves of, tested for starch, 23

Ash of tissues, processes for obtaining, 298 ; constituents of, 299 ; determination of chlorine—phosphoric acid—alkalies—in, 299— 300. See also Salts

Asparagin, see Amides

Aspergillus, culture of, 68

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Assimilation of carbon, 21; affected by chloroform, 38; by excess of C02, 26; by temperature, 87; dependent on presence of C02, 28, 29, 37; effect of intensity of light on, 24; gain in weight during, 31; of land-plants under water, 26; Pfeffer's method of estimating C02 decomposed in, 41; of sugar, 32; in variegated leaves, 23; stomata in relation to, 26; wandering of products of, 32

Averrhoa, autonomous movements, 225, 231; paraheliotropism, 224

Autonomous movements of Averrhoa, 225, 231; of Trifolium, 230

Auxanometers in general, 149

Auxanometer, self-recording, 153 ; simple form of, 155

Auxanometer-lever, 158

Bacteria, chemotaxis of, 216

Bacterial method of demonstrating evolution of oxygen, 48

Balance, spring-, used in transpiration experiments, 100

Baranetzky, his recording auxanometer, 149 n., 153

Barfoed's solution, 282

Barium in fungus culture, 70

Barley used in experiments on ash, 302 ; on enzymes, 306

Bary, de, see De Bary

Bateson, Miss A., on changes in transverse dimensions of pith, 135. See also Darwin, F.

Beetroot as indicator of injurious temperature, 15 ; see also Beta

Begonia, root-pressure in, 78

Begonia manicata, for osmotic work, 129

Beilstein, organic chemistry textbook on, 239

Bellis perennis, effect of continued

darkness on, 233; periodic

movements of, 233 ; effect of

temperature on opening of flow-

- ers, 233; effect of contrast of

temperature on opening of flowers of, 234

Beozene, use of in extraction, 245

Benzol, action of, on chlorphyll solution, 50

Berberis, effect of chloroform on stamens of, 210; irritable stamens of, 209-211

Beta, used in experiments on sugar, 288

Blackman, on a method of studying respiration, 5 n.; on the importance of stomata for respiration, 26 n.

Blocking of vessels by particles suspended in water, 86, 87

Blood, used to demonstrate evolution of oxygen, 39

Bloom on leaves, effect of on assimilation, 26 n.; as affecting transpiration, 111

Bohm on assimilation of sugar, 32 n.

Bokorny on formaldehyde, 34

Bonnier and liangm, their apparatus for gas analysis, 38, 47 n.

Boussingault, his phosphorus method of demonstrating evolution of oxygen, 41

Branches, drooping in frost, 178; horizontal growth of, 196

Brown and Morris on Carbohydrates etc., 276, 285, 290, 303

Briicke on rigidity of pulviuus of Oxalis, 206

Bryonia, tendrils, 200

Bunsen, formula used in gas-analysis, 44

Cissium in fungus culture, 70 Calcium in fungus culture, 70 Calcium oxalate, physiology of, 66;

estimation of in tissues, 301 Callitriche, stomata of, 110 Caltha palustris, stomata of, 107 Cane-sugar, see Sugars Carbohydrates, soluble, see Dex-

trins, Sugars; insoluble, see

Starch, Cellulose Carbolic acid, see Phenol Carbonic dioxide, effect of on cir-

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culating protoplasm, 18; excess of on assimilation, 26

Carpinus, horizontal branches of, 196

Carum carvi, roots of, 136

Caspary on frost affecting curvature of brariches, 180

Cellulose, 293; estimated in experiments, 312, 321, 322; action of dilute acids on, 290

Cell-walls, permeability of by air when dry and wet, 88

Centaurea, irritable stamens of, 212

Centrifugal apparatus, Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company, 169

Chamberlain on root-pressure, 75 n., 77

Oheiranthus, for water-culture, 61

Chelidonium, stomata of, 106

Chemotaxis, 214; of bacteria, 216; of pollen tubes, 216

Chloral hydrate, used to make leaves transparent, 22

Chlorine, estimation of in ash, 299

Chloroform, effect of on assimilation, 38; on circulating protoplasm, 19; on stamens of Ber-beris of, 210; poisonous effect on Oxalis, 19; use of in preserving solutions, 247

Chlorophyll, appearance in etiolated plants of, 54; effect of acid on, 51; of copper on, 51, 52; of light on solution of, 50 ; of warmth on appearance of, 55; iron necessary for production of, 56 ; oxygen necessary for production of, 55 ; reactions of, 50; spectrum of, 52

Chloroplasts, movement of, 214

Chlorosis, 56

Chrysanthemum, warmth produced by respiration of, 12 n.

Ciesielski on decapitation of roots, 173; on roots curving when wetted on one side, 178 Circulation of protoplasm, effect of

heat on, 16, see Protoplasm Circumnutation, 227; of twining

plants, 229 Clover, see Trifoliurn

Cobalt method of observing stoma-tal transpiration, 104

Cocoa-butter, used for injection of vessels, 92

Coefficient, isotonic, 128

Compression, effect on transpiration current of, 92

Copper, effect on chlorophyll solution of, 52

Cornus sanguinea, lenticels of, 110

Corylus, horizontal branches of, 196

Cotyledon, bloom of, 111

Coupin on imbibition, 116 n.

Crocus, etiolated, 57; opening aud closing in response to changes in temperature, 219

Cross-cuts, effect on transpiration of, 94

Cucurbita, for assimilation experiments, 31; peg or heel of, behaviour on klinostat, 192

Culture without CO?, 28

Curcuma rubricaulis, for osmotic experiment, 129

Curvaturedue to injury, contact &c, 173; geotropic, 164; heliotropic, 180; region of coincides with region of growth, 164, 165; sudden, of apogeotropic shoots, 171

Curvatures due to growth, 163; produced by dividing turgescent tissues, 140, 141

Cyclometer, 137

Cynara, irritable stamens, 212 n.

Czapek, on localization of geotropic sensitiveness, 174

Dahlia, etiolated, 57

Daisy, see Bellis

Dandelion flowers, warmth produced by respiration of, 11. See Taraxacum

Darkness, effect of, on sensitiveness of Mimosa, 203

Darwin, C, on circumnutation, 227 ; on decapitation of roots, 173; on movements of Des-modium, 232; on digestion of Drosera, 72 n.; references to experiments on feeding Drosera,

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72 n.; stimulation of Drosera by touch, 208; by dilute solutions, 208; on beliotropism, 180; on roots curving away from injured side, 178; on Sachs' curvature, 157 n.; on sleep of leaves, 223 n.; on transmission of heliotropic stimulus, 183 n.; on twining plants, 229 n.

Darwin, F., experiments on feeding Drosera,72n.; onthehornhygro-scope, 102; on temperature of leaves, 104; on growth of mustard-roots in light and darkness, 162 ; on geotropism in Sorghum, 176 ; on the klinostat, 186, 189

Darwin, F., and Bateson, A., on stimulation of turgescent tissue, 133 n.

Darwin, F., and Phillips, B., on transpiration, 79 ; on checking transpiration current by compression, 92 ; by incision, 94 n.

Darwin, H., his form of recording auxanometer, 153 ; his pattern of klinostat, 186; his form of Knight's machine, 1C9 ; design of micrometer-screw, 150 n.; his horizontal microscope for growth measurements, 153

De Bary, on extrusion of water under pressure, 78 n.

Decapitation of roots, 173

Deherain, on Boussingault's phosphorus method, 41

De Saussure, on absorption of water and salts by roots, 73; on succulents, 13

Desmodium gyrans, movements of, 332

Detlefsen, on the amount of light in rooms, 24 n.

Detmer, on the appearance of chlorophyll, 56; on dialysis, 124; on diffusion of gas through epidermis, 49; on a drop-aspirator, 4 ; ou evolution of gas by water-plants, 35 ; on shortening of roots, 136 ; on spectroscopic examination of chlorophyll solu-

tion, 52 ; ou succulents, 13; on variability in swelling of seeds, 118 ; on water-culture, 58

Devaux, on diffusion of gas in water-plants, 36; method of fixing a leaf into a funnel, 108

De Vries, on epinasty, 198 n.; on growth and plasmolysis, 148; on hydrostatic pressure in turgescent tissues, 130 ; on osmotic strength of cell-sap, 126, 127 j on plasmolysis observed microscopically, 125 n. ; on recovery of flaccid shoot, 90; on shortening of roots, 136

Dcxtrins, 276 ; general characters of, 277 ; removal of, from solutions, 281

Diageotropism, of roots, 193; of Narcissus flowers, 194

Diaheliotropism of leaves, 184

Diastase, preparation of solid, 306

Diastatic power of various extracts and tissues compared, 306; use of, in estimation of starch, 244, 291, 292. See also Ferments

Differential thermometer, use of, 12

Diffusion, through epidermis, 49 ; experiments with dialyser on, 124; slowness of, 123

Diphenylamin, test for nitrates, 67

Dipsaeus, roots, 136

Drosera, benefitted by food, 72; digestion of white of egg, 72; stimulated by dilute solutions, 208; stimulated by inorganic substances, 207 ; tentacles directly stimulated by meat, 207

Dufour, on transpiration current checked by incisions, 94 n.

Dulcite, 284

Dupre's process for estimating alcohol, 279

Echinocystis, tendrils of, 200

Effervescent water, effect of on evolution of gas, 36

Elasticity, imperfect in plant-tissues, 137

Electricity, effect of, on Oxalis leaf,

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19; oil stomata, 110; on circulating protoplasm, 20

Elfving, on behaviour of grass-haulms on the klinostat, 192; on diageotropic runners, 193; on etiolin, 54 ; on injection of vessels with cocoa-hutter, 92; nutritive solution for fungi, 68n.; on Phycomyces curving towards iron, 212 ; on heliotropism overcoming geotropism, 182

Elodea, assimilation of sugar by, 32 ; circulating protoplasm in, 16; used in assimilation experiments, 24, 32; for Engel-mann's blood-method, 40; evolution of gas by, 35; in experiments on metabolism, 313

Emulsion, filtering of through wood, 91

Engelmaim, on blood-method of demonstrating oxygen, 39 ; on imbibition affected by heat, 115 n.; on bacterial method, 48

Enteromorpha, iodine test with, 22

Enzymes, see Ferments

Eosin, rapid absorption of under negative pressure, 87; used to show transpiration current in incised branches, 95

Epicotyls, nutation of, affected by light, 198

Epilobium, for water-culture, 61

Epinasty, 198

Epinasty and geotropism, 198

Eranthis hiemalis, stomata, 107

Errera, on curvature of Phycomyces towards iron, 213 n.; on heat produced during respiration, 12 n.; on injection of vessels, 92 n.

Esters, occurring in extracts, 212. See also Oils

Ether, effect of, on chlorophyll solution, 50 ; use of, in extraction, 242, 271; use of, in precipitation, 284

Etiolated plants, form of, 50

Etiolin, change of tint produced by light in, 54

Eudiometer, Timiriazeff's, 9, 45

Evaporation, 246; under reduced pressure, 247; compared with transpiration, 97

Extracts, of plant tissues, 242; necessary for study of metabolism, 238; preparation of, 242, 244; filtration of, 245; concentration of, under reduced pressure, 246; changes occurring in, on keeping, 247

Fagus sylvatica, shade leaves of, 57

Farmer's experiment, 41

Fats, see Oils

Fehling's solution, 2G7, 282, 285, 287

Fermentation, methods of estimating sugars based on, 280

Ferments unorganised, 303; extraction of, 304; detection of, in extracts, 304; comparing activity of, 304, 307; filtration of extracts containing, 304, 308 ; experiments on, 305, 308, 309, 311, 320

Ficus elastica for transpiration experiments, 102

Filter-plate, use of, 245

Filtration, 245; use of asbestos for, 245; through wood, 91

Flaccidity, recovery from, under mercury pressure, 90

Florideas, colouring matter of, 53

Flowers, opening and closing with changes in temperature and illumination, 219-221

Formaldehyde, assimilation of, 34

Frank, on diaheliotropism, 184 n.; on buds of Taxus and Abies, 197 n.; on decapitation of roots, 173; on horizontal branches, 196; on torsion of intcmodes, 196

Fresenius, Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis, 239

Fritillaria, tensions of tissues in, 134; pollen of for ehemotaxis, 218

Frost, injection of leaves by, 108 ; drooping of leaves during, 178; producing curvature in branches, 180

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Fncus, brown pigment of, 53 Funaria, chloroplasts of, 214 n. Fungi, nutrition of, 68

Gardiner, W., on printing photographs in starch, 25; his method of showing root pressure, 76; on tannins, 266

Garreau, on bloom and transpiration, 111; his experiment on stomatal transpiration, another method of performing, 102

Gas, diffusion through epidermis of, 49

Gas-analysis, Pfeffer's method used in assimilation experiments, 41

Gas-chamber, use of, 18

Gelatine for air-tight junction of leaf-stalk, 108; used in experiments on contact stimulation, 201

Geleznowon frost producing curvature of branches, 180

Geotropic sensitiveness localised in root-tip, 174

Geotropism, 163; (negative) change of form accompanying, 165; oxygen necessary for, 166; recorded on revolving drum, 172; transverse, see Diageotropism

Germination, method of preparing seeds for, 142

Gingko, lenticels of, 110

Glucosazone, 2S4

Glucose, see Sugars

Glucosides, 274. (See also Tannins.)

Glycase, see Ferments

Glycerin, 261; assimilation of, 33; production of in saponification of oils, 262; qualitative tests for, 203; estimation of, 264; use of in extracting ferments, 304

Godlewski, on effect of excess of C02 on assimilation, 26; on formation of starch being dependent on presence of C02, 26 n.; on Hartig's experiment, 90 n.

Grand period of growth, 147

Grass-haulms, geotropic curvaturo in, 165; growth of pulvinus in when fixed horizontally, 165

Green on ferments, 301

Griess' method for estimating nitrites, 258

Gris on iron and chlorophyll-formation, 57

Growth, affected by light, 161, 162; by temperature, 145, 156, 160; conditions of, 142; dependent on full turgescence, 144; distribution of in roots, 146; in shoots, 147; effect of temperature on, 156-158, 160; lever used in measuring, 158; measured by marks painted on roots, &c, 144 n.; method of measuring with vernier, 149; oxygen a necessity for, 143, 144; periodicity of, 162; and plas-molytie shrinking, 148; region of maximum coincides with region of curvature, 163, 164; and respiration, 158

Gymnosperms, production of chlorophyll in darkness by, 55

Hanging drop, use of, in fungus culture, 70

Heat, effect of, on assimilation, 37; on chlorophyll formation, 55; on sensitiveness of Mimosa, 203; on tendrils of, 201; injurious effect of, 14,15; opening of flowers produced by, 219; produced during imbibition, 118; during respiration, 11

Heckel on irritable stamens of Berberis, 209 n.

Hedera helix, variegated leaves of, tested for starch, 23

Helianthus for assimilation experi-ments, 31; tuberosus, etiolated, 57

Heliotropic curvature, 180; stimulus, transmission of, 183

Heliotropism, negative, 182 ; transverse, see Diaheliotropism

Hemp, used in experiments on oils, 313

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Hohnel von, on negative pressure,

8G, 87; on permeability of membranes, 88 Hofmeister, on plasticity of geo-

tropic roots, 168; on forcible

curvature, 138 Hoppe-Seyler on blood-method of

showing oxygen evolution, 40 Hot stages, 16, 17 Hottonia, evolution of gas by, 35;

for Engelmann's blood-method,

40 Humulus lupulus, oxalate in,

66; twining of, 229 ; etiolated,

56 Hydrocharis, stomata of, 107 Hydrochloric acid, see Acids Hydrometer, use of, 281-294 Hydrostatic pressure in turgescent

'tissue, 130, 131 Hydrotropism, 213 Hygroscope made of horn, 102

Imbibition, 112; affected by salt-solution, 113, 116 ; by temperature, 113, 115; heat produced during, 118; work done during, 118

Impatiens, root-pressure in, 78; stomata of, 106

Impatiens sultani, pith of, 135

Incandescent gas-light, for assimilation, 36

Incisions, effect of, on transpiration current, 93

Induced current, see Electricity

Injection of leaves with water, 107

Injury, producing curvature in roots, 176

Intercellular spaces, connection with stomata of, 107; with len-ticels, 110

Internodes, torsion of, 196

Intramolecular respiration, 10

Inulin, see Dextrins

Invertase, see Ferments

Iodine method of Sachs, 21

Iris, leucoplasts of, 35

Iron, necessary for chlorophyll production, 56; producing curvature in Phycomyees, 212

Isotonic coefficient, 123 Ivy, see Hedera

Janse, his air-pump experiment

(transpiration), 96 n. Johnson's experiment on geotropic

roots, 167

Kjeldahl on diastase, 304; process for estimation of nitrogen applied to proteids, etc. 255

Kleinia, bloom of, 111

Klinostat, theory of action of, 186; use of in studying diaheliotro-pism, 186; used for exclusion of heliotropism and geotropism, 196; vertical, for growth experiments, 161

Knight's centrifugal experiment, 168

Enop on water culture, 59 n.

Konig on oils and fats, 261

Kohl's method of recording absorption of transpiring plant, 83; on light affecting transpiration, 85, 85 n.; on apheliotropism of bean roots, 157 n.

Krabbe on diaheliotropism, 189. See also Schwendener

Lambert and Butler, their tobacco tins used as flower pots, 98

Laminaria, brown pigment of, 53; imbibition of, 112

Lamium, diaheliotropism, 184

Land-plants, leaves of, do not assimilate under water, 26; culture of without C02, 29

Leaf, injected, affcctod b}- heat more easily, 14

Leaves, temperature of, 104; drooping in frost, 178; form of, affected by sun and shade, 57; injected by frost, 108; injection of with water, 107; sleep of, 221-223; terrestrial, do not assimilate under water, 26; variegated, tested for starch, 23; nitrates and oxalate in, 66, 67

Leitgeb, on movement of stomata, 110 n.

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Lemna, for assimilation experiments, 26,32; for water-culture, 63 Lenticels, connection with intercellular spaces, 110 Lepidium used in experiments on

oils, 265 Leueoplasts, 34

Lever, used with atixanometer, 158 Light, effect on assimilation of intensity of, 24, 36; on chlorophyll solution, 50; on growth, 161, 162 ; dull, inefficient for assimilation, 24; and gravitation, opposed action of, 182; effect on assimilation of different degrees of refrangibility of, 25, 36; effect of on heliotropic curvature, 181; of different refrangibility, effect of on nyctitropic movements, 222 Limnanthemum, stomata, 107 Lithium in fungus culture, 70 Loew, on formaldehyde, 34 Lonicera, lentieels of, 110 n. Lupin, variability in swelling of

seeds of, 117 Lynch on periodic movements of Averrhoa, 225 n.

Magnesium in fungus culture, 70 Mahonia, sensitive stamens of, 209 Maize, used in experiments on

enzymes, 306 ; see Zea Malic acid, see Acids Malt-extract, see Diastase Maltosazone, 284 Maltose, tests for and estimation

of, see Sugars; hydrolysis of, by

glycase, 309 Manipulation and apparatus, books

dealing with, 240 Mannite, see Sugars Marks for measuring growth, ink

used for, 144 n. Martynia, irritable stigmaof, 211n. Material to be analysed, preparatory

treatment of, 240 Mangin, see Bonnier Mercury, growth of roots into,


Metabolism, chemistry of, 235

Methylene blue absorbed by living cell, 124

Mej'er, on assimilation of sugar, 32 n.

Micrometer-screw, 135; used as auxanometer, 150

Microssope, used for measuring growth, 71, 152, 156, 157

Micro-spectral objective, Engel-mann's, 49

Milk, used as emulsion for blocking vessels, 87

Mimosa, effect of darkness on sensitiveness of, 203 ; irritated by ammonia, 202; sensitive to touch, 202; sleep of, 223; continued stimulation of, 204; temperature necessary for sensitiveness of, 203

Mimulus, irritable stigma of, 211

Mixture for luting, 3n.

Miyoshi, on chemotaxis in pollen tubes, 216 n.

Mohl, on movements of stomata, 110 n.

Molisch, on anthocyan in leaves, 53; on chemotaxis in pollen tubes, 216 n., 218; on dipheny-lamin reaction for nitrates, 67 n.

Moll, on drooping of leaves in frost, 178; on extrusion of water underpressure, 77; on injection of leaves by frost, 109

Morris, see Brown

Movements, autonomous, 227; of Averrhoa, 231; of Desmodiurn, 232; of Trifolium, 230; periodic, 227-234

Muller, N., on effect of light on chlorophyll, 51; on movement of stomata, 110 n.; on stomata affected by electric shock, 110 n.

Musa used in experiments on glu-cosides, 275

NSgeli, on anisotropism, 121; on culture of fungi, 70 n.; on heat produced by imbibition, 118 n.

Nagainatz, on assimilation of land plants under water, 26 n.

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INDEX.                                                 335

Narcissus, etiolated, 57; flower of, diageotropic, 194; leaf of for elasticity experiment, 137; pollen of for chemotaxis, 217; sto-mata of, 109

Nasturtium officinale, used in De Saussure's exp., 74

Negative pressure, 86, 87

Nerium, see Oleander

Nesslerising, precautions necessary in, 256; see also Proteids, estimation of

Nitrate, dipbenylamin reaction for, 67

Nitrates, 253, 200, 315; estimation of, 258, 259; in connection with calcium oxalate, 07

Nitrites, see Nitrates

Nitrogenous plastic substances, preparation of extracts for, 244

Nitrometer, use of, 258, 279

Nobbe's experiments on swelling of peas, 113u., 116,117; on imbibition and temperature, 113 n.

Noll, on growth of pulvinus in grass-haulms, 166

Non-nitrogenous plastic substances, preparation of extracts for, 242

Nutation of epicotyls, 198 ; revolving, 227

Nyctitropic movements of Mimosa, record of, 224; of Trifolium, 221; of Oxalis, Marsilea, Meli-lotus, Cassia, Nicotiana,Brassiea, Kaphanus, 222, 223

Oil (olive-), action of on chlorophyll solution, 50

Oils, 261; extraction of, 245; saponification of, 262; estimation of, 263, 204; experiments on, 265, 313, 316; see also Glycerin

Oleander used in assimilation experiments, 44; for diffusion, 49

Oliver, on stigma of Mimulus, 211

Onion, stomata of, 109

Onobrychis, used in experiments on nitrogenous metabolism, 259, 260

Osmotic strength of cell-sap in terms of KN03, 120

Oxalic acid, 295, 297, 301

Oxalis, leaf of, change of colour on heating, 14; as indicator of poisonous effect of phenol, 19; injected leaf, affected by heat more easily, 14; movement of chloroplasts in leaves of, 214; sensitive to touch, 205; nsed for Briicke's experiment, 200

Oxygen, evolution of by water plants, 35, 39; affected by various conditions, 37; method of collecting, 38

Palmitin, 263

Paraheliotropism, 224

Passiflora, tendrils of, 200

Peas, imbibition of, 113; swelling of testa of, 117; warmth produced by germinating, 11

Pelargonium, nitrates in, 06

Penieillium, culture of, 68

Pentoses, see Sugars

Peptones, see Proteids

Permeability of membranes, 88

Petroleum ether, use of in extraction, 242

Pfeffer on absorption of methylene blue by Elodea, 124; on a centrifugal machine, 170; on chemotaxis, 214, 216; on effect of chloroform on Mimosa, 211; on method of estimating 002 assimilated, 41; on contact-stimulation of Drosera, 208; on evolution of gas by water plants, 35, 37; on use of gelatine in experiments on tendrils, 201; gypsum method, 131; on heat produced during respiration, 12; on intramolecular respiration, 10; on irritable stamens of Centaurea and Cynara, 212 n.; on Johnson's experiment with geotropic roots, 167; on a formula for water culture, 59 n., 70; on use of lime water iu freeing water from C02, 29; on opening and closing of flowers, 219-

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221; osmotic researches, 123 n.; on permeability of membranes, 88; on rigidity of pulvinus of Oxalis, 206; on root-tip being sensitive to gravitation, 160 n.; on sensitiveness of Oxalis leaves, 205; method of applying continued stimulation to Mimosa, 205; on stomata and intercellular spaces, 107 n.; modification of Velten's hot-stage, 17 n.

Phajus, leucoplasts of, 34

Phalaris, heliotropism of, 180, 183

Phaseolus, twining of, 229; water exuded by leaves of, 75

Phenol, poisonous effect on Oxalis, 19

Phillips, see Darwin, F. and Phillips

Phloroglucin, 269, 271

Phlox, assimilation of sugar by flowers of, 33

Phosphoric acids, see Acids

Phosphorus, used to demonstrate evolution of oxygen, 41; necessity of in water-culture, 62, 65

Phycomyces, curvature of towards iron, 212; observation on growth of, 152, 161; growing downwards heliotropieally, 1S2

Pigment, of Floridea?, 53 ; of Poly-siphomia, 53

Pigments, of Eicinus, Amaranthus, 52

Pinguicula, epinastic leaves of, 198

Pinot's experiment on geotropic roots, 167

Pinus, appearance of chlorophyll in, 54

Pisum used in experiments on enzymes, 306

Pith, extension of in water, 131

Plantago, epinastic leaves of, 198 ; pollen of for chemotaxis, 217

Plasmolysis, microscopic observation of, 125; recovery from, 125; in relation to growth, 148

Plastic substances, methods of investigating, introductory remarks, 238; general literature of, 239; detection and estimat ion of, 239

Platanus for diffusion experiment, 49 _

Polariscope, 119

Pollen, chemotaxis of, 216

Polyanthus, elasticity of flower stalk of, 137

Polygonatum used for negative pressure experiments, 87

Polysiphonia, pigment of, 53

Populus, for cobalt method, 105

Potamogeton used in assimilation experiments, 24, 32; evolution of gas by, 34

Potassium, necessity of in water-culture, 62, C4, 70

Potato used in experiments on starch, 294; on ash, 302

Potometer, 79

Pressure, hydrostatic in turgescent tissues, 130, 131; negative, 86, 87; producing recovery of flaccid shoot, 90; produced by roots, 74

Primula sinensis, stomata of, 107

Proctor on Tannins, 266

Proteids, 249; practical classification of, 250; extraction of, 244, 245; qualitative tests for, 251, 252; separation from peptones and albumoses, amides, etc., 252; estimation of, 254; experiments on, 259, 260, 312, 313, 315, 321, 322

Protoplasm, circulation of, effect of heat on, 16; circulation of affected by chloroform, 19; affected by C02, 18; affeol.ed by induced current, 20

Prunus padus for assimilation experiments, 26

Puccinia, culture of, 70

Pulvinus, tension in, 141; of Oxalis, rigidity of, 206, 207

Pyrogallate, for gas analysis, 47 n.

Pyrus communis, for cobalt method, 105 n.

Eanuneulus fiearia, stomata of,

107, 110 Beagents used in experiments on

metabolism, 323

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Eectipetality, 191

Eeinke, on imbibition, 112n., 113n., 117

Eeseda luteola, for respiration experiments, 10; pollen of for chemotaxis, 217

Besins in extracts, 242

Inspiration, 1; apparatus, 2, 4, 7; in relation to growth-curvature, 167; necessary for growth, 143, 144, 158; intramolecular, 10; warmth produced during, 11

Eheum for assimilation experiments, 31

Eichardia, longitudinal tension in, 133

Eicinus, anthocyau in, 52; for osmotic experiments, 126; tangential shrinking of tissues of, in water, 136

Rigidity of a turgescent shoot, lessened by bending, 139

Eitthausen on proteids, etc., 249

Eobinia, chlorotic, 56

Eochea falcata, fixation of oxygen and increase in acidity in, 13

Root, tip of, alone sensitive to gravity, 174 n.; tip of sensitive to contact and injury, 176

Eoot-pressure, 74; replaced by column of mercury, 78

Roots, absorption of water and salt by (De Saussure's experiment), 73; curvature of towards moist surface, 213; dead, absorption of water by, 78; effect of decapitation on, 173; diageotropic, 193,194; flaccid, curving when wetted on one side, 178; functions of, 73; geotropism of not due to plasticity, 167; negatively heliotropic, 182; shortening of, 136

Eothert, on measurement of curved shoots, 164; on transmission of heliotropic stimulus, 183

Rubidium, in culture of fungi, 70

Eumex, epinastic leaves of, 198

Sachs, his apparatus for respiration, 3; on apogeotropism of grass-haulms, 105 n.; on the

arc indicator, 152; on autonomous movements of Trifolium, 230; on the auxanometer, 149; on blocking of stomata by water, 109; on change of form in apo-geotropic stems, 165; on chlorophyll formation in Pin us, 55 n.; on the effect of light on chlorophyll, 51; on effect of temperature on chlorophyll formation, 55 n.; on effect of iron on chlorophyll formation, 57 n.; on chlorotic plants, 56; curvature in connection with growth experiments, 157; on sudden curvature of apogeotropic shoots, 171n.; onuseof cyclometer, 137; on effect of darkness on Mimosa, 204; on diageotropism, 194 n.; ou extrusion of water under pressure, 78 n.; on filtering emulsion through wood, 91; on a formula for water-culture, 59n.; on gain in weight by assimilating leaves, 31; on geotropic aftereffect, 171 n.; on geotropic growth of roots into mercury, 108; on grand period, 147 n.; on Oris' experiment, 57 n.; on growth of roots depending on respiration, 144 n.; his hot-box, 16; on hydrotropism, 197; on injurious temperatures, 14 n., 15; on the iodine method, 21; on vertical klinostat for growth experiments, 161 n.; on Knight's experiment, 168; on Laminaria for imbibition experiments,112n.; on loss of weight by translocation, 32; ou the microscope for growth measurements, 152 n.; on permeability of wood, 81 n.; on recovery of flaccid shoot, 91n.; on root-pressure, 76; on tensions of tissues, 133 n.; on transpiration apparatus, 83; on warmth produced by germinating peas, 11; on water-culture, 58 Sachsse's method for estimating amides, 257; solution, 267,282, 285

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338                                            INDEX.

Salicin, 274; decomposed by sy-

naptase, 311 Saligenol, 311 Salix, used in experiments on

glucosides, 275 Salts (inorganic), 297; experiments on, 302, 313, 318, 319,

321; see also Ash Sambueus nigra, nitrates in leaves

of, 67 ; lenticels of, 110 n. Saponification of oils and fats,

262 Saussure de, see De Saussure Scheit, on injection of vessels,

92 n. Schimper on calcium oxalate, 66;

his method with chloral hydrate,

22 ; on nitrates, 66 ; on use of

polariscope for finding minute

crystals, 121; on water-culture,

59 n. Schulze on Cellulose, 291 Schulze's macerating fluid, 116 Schunck on action of acid on

chlorophyll, 51 n. Schwarz on a centrifugal machine,

170 n.; on proteids, etc. 249 Schwendener and Krabbe on dia-

heliotropism, 189; on growth

and plasmolysis, 148 Scilla nutans, pollen of, for che-

motaxis, 216 Scrophularia for water-culture, 62 Seaweeds, pigment of, 53 Seeds, dry, withstand heat, 15;

respiration of, 1; variable rate

of swelling of, 117 Sempervivum used in experiments

on ash, 302 Setaria, cotyledon alone sensitive

to light, 183; to gravitation, 176 Sicyos, tendrils, 200 Sinapis, negative heliotropie roots

of, 180; -roots, growth of in

light and darkness, 162 Sleep of leaves, 221-223 Soda-lime, use of in culture without

C02, 29 Sodium, in culture of Fungi, 70 Solutions, standard, required for

experiments on metabolism, 321 Sorghum cotyledon sensitive to

gravitation, 176

Soxhlet's apparatus, use of, 242

Sparganium, used in experiments on metabolism, 313

Sparrnannia, for experiments on root-pressure, 76 ; for translocation experiments, 32; stomatal transpiration of, 104

Spectroscope, use of in examination of chlorophyll solution, 52

Spirogyra, assimilation of formaldehyde by, 34; for Engelmann's blood-method, 39 ; used in experiments on metabolism, 312

Splint-wood, permeability of, 90

Spores of fungi, germination of, 71

Spring-balance, used in transpiration experiments, 100

Stahl, on cobalt method for transpiration, 104; on geotropic growth influenced by light, 194 ; on lenticels, 110 n.; on movements of chloroplasts, 214; on stomata and assimilation,26; on sun and shade leaves, 57

Stamens, of Berberis irritable, 209; of Centaurea irritable, 212

Stange, on effect of salt solutions on growth, 144 n.

Starch, 290; disappearance of in darkness, 23; estimation of, 292 ; experiments on, 293, 307, 313, 317, 318, 320-322 ; extraction of, 243, 244, 291; formation of dependent on presence of GO„, 28, 29; used to print photographic negatives, 25; macroscopic test for, 21; products of hydrolysis of, 291, 307; viewed with polariscope, 121

Starch-formers, 34

Sterilisation, methods of in culture of fungi, 68

Stigma, irritable in Mimulus, 211

Stimulus, transmission of in Mimosa, 202 ; in heliotropie curvature, 183 ; in Drosera, 209

Stipa-awn, imbibition affected by temperature, and by salt solution, 115 ; mechanism of twisting, 116 ; hygrometer made of, 102

Stomata, 102 ; affected by salt solution, 106; in relation to as-

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similation, 26; blocked by water, 109; closure of, 110; closure of in withered leaf, 106; connection with intercellular spaces of, 107; effect of electricity on, 110; injection of leaves by means of, 107

Stomatal transpiration, 102

Strasburger, on absorption by dead roots, 78 n. ; his air-pump experiment (transpiration), 96 ; on leucoplasts, 34; use of eosin in transpiration, 95 n.; on permeability of membranes, 88

Strontium in fungus culture, 70

Succulents, fixation of oxygen by, 13; increase in acidity of, 13

Sucrose, see Cane-Sugar

Sugar, assimilation of, 32

Sugars, 266; extraction of, 242, 243; fermentable, 278; estimation of mixed, 285; experiments on, 275, 288, 301, 316, 317; qualitative tests for, 281; separation of from dextrins, 281

Sulphating ash of tissues, 298

Sulphuric acid, see Acids; use of in extraction, 243

Sun and shade leaves, 57

Sunshine, effect on transpiration of, 84

Sutton, Volumetric Analysis, 5, 239

Symphoricarpus, torsion of inter-nodes of, 196

Synaptase, see Ferments

Syringa, diaheliotropism, 184

Tannins, 266, 275 ; extraction of, 242, 267; qualitative tests for, 270 ; general characters of, 267-269 ; removal of from solutions, 271; whether glucosides or not, 273 Taraxacum, flowers of, heat produced in respiration, 11; nitrates in, 66; for osmotic experiments, 126; tangential shrinking of tissues of in water, 136 Taxus, development of buds of, 197 Temperature of leaves, 104 Tendrils, sensitive to contact, 200;

not sensitive to contact of gelatine, 201

Tension, and anisotropism, 121

Tensions, of tissues, 133; demonstrated by splitting shoots, roots, etc. ,140, 141; transverse, 135, 136

Terpenes, in extracts, 242 ; see also Oils

Terrestrial leaves, assimilation by under water, 26

Thymol, use of, 247

Tilia, branches of curving in frost, 180; horizontal branches of, 196 ; for water-culture, 62

Timiriazeff, eudiometer of, 45, 46 ; on printing the spectrum in starch, 25

Tissues, imperfect elasticity of, 137; tensions of, 133

Tollens on Carbohydrates, 276

Torsion of internodes, 196

Tracheids, permeability of by air, 88

Tradescantia, circulating protoplasm in, 16; for cobalt method, 105 n.; for osmotic experiment, 129

Translocation of carbohydrates tested by iodine method, 32; loss of weight during, 32

Transpiration, 79; methods of estimating absorption during, 78, S3; and absorption by cut branch compared, 98; affected by bloom on leaves, 111 ; by light, 85; compared with evaporation of water, 97 ; -current affected by incisious, 93 ; by compression, 92; effected by sunshine, 84; by wind, 84; loss of weight during, 97; stomatal, 102

Transverse helio- and geotropism, see Diahelio- and -geotropism

Traube's artificial cell, 123

Trifolium, assimilation experiments with, 21, 24; autonomous movements of, 230; effect of prolonged darkness on, 221; nye-titropic movements, 222; used in experiments on enzymes, 306

Trimble on Tannins, 260

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TropKolum, used in experiments on iodine method, 21, 25, 29; on sugars, 288

True, on growth in salt solution, 144 n.

Tsehirch, on action of copper on chlorophyll, 52

Tulip, opening and closing in response to changes of temperature, 219

Turgescence and growth, 132

Turgescent shoot, rigidity of, 139

Turgor, 125

Twining plants, 229

Dlmus campestris, oxalate in, 66;

horizontal branches of, 196 Uredineae, culture of, 70

Valerian, used in experiments on growth, 147; on growth-curvature, 164

Variegated leaves tested for starch, 23

Varnish, photographic, for marking growing parts, 144

Velten, his hot-stage, 17

Veronica, diaheliotropism of, 184

Vessels, blocking of, by cocoa-butter, 92; by particles suspended in water, 86, 87

Vincetoxicum, pollen of for chemo-taxis, 218

Vines, on epinasty, 198 n.; on use of microscope for growth measurements, 152 n. ; on growth of Phycomyces in light and darkness, 161

Vochting, on diageotropic flowers, 194; on diaheliotropism, 189; on rectipetality, 191

Von Hohnel. see Hohnel

Vries, see de Vries

Waage, on Phloroglucin, 269 Wanklyn's albuminoid ammonia

process applied to proteids, etc.

254 Ward, Marshall, on hanging-drop

culture, 70 n. Water, absorbed by dead roots, 78;

absorption of, by transpiring plant, 79; -culture, 58; extrusion under pressure of drops of, 78; free from C02, apparatus for preparing, 28; use of in extraction, 243, 245

Water-cress, used in De Saussure's experiment, 74

Water-plants, culture of without C02, 28; evolution of gas by, 35

Wax-mixture, 3d.

Weigelia, torsion of internodes in, 196

Weight, gain of, in assimilating leaves, 31

Wheat, used in experiments on starch, 294 ; on phosphates, 302

Wiesner, on appearance of chlorophyll, 54 n.; on the effect of light on chlorophyll, 51 n.; on heliotropism, 181 n.

Wind, effect of, on transpiration, 84

Winkier-Hempel, method of gas-analysis, 6, 44

Withering, effect of on stomata, 106; mercury-pressure producing recovery from, 90

Wolkoff, on effect of light on assimilation, 37

Wood, area of, greater than needed for transpiration current, 93; filtration of emulsion through, 91; injection of, by cocoa-butter, 92 ; permeability of, by air and water, 88, 89; swelling against a weight, 118 ; young, permeability of, by water, 88

Wortmann, on light affecting nutation of epicotyls, 199; on intramolecular respiration, 10 ; on water-culture, 59 u.

Yeast, used iu experiments on

enzymes, 306, 308 Yew, development of buds of, 197

Zea, stomata of, 106 Zimmermann, on the diphenylamin

reaction for nitrates, 67 n. Zopf, nutritive solutions for fungi,

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