Modelling hydration and photosystem II activation in relation to in situ rain and humidity patterns: a tool to compare performance of rare an generalist epiphytic lichens
2010 (English)In: Plant, Cell and Environment, ISSN 0140-7791, E-ISSN 1365-3040, Vol. 33, 840-850 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A dynamic water and activity model was developed to assess how efficiently lichens can exploit in situ rain and humid air. The capacity to rehydrate and activate photosynthesis [i.e. photosystem II (PSII)] by these water sources was compared among four hydrophilic and one generalist epiphytic lichen. Hydration status, potential (instant activation) and realized (delayed activation) day-light activity were simulated using a model based on species-specific hydration, PSII activation characteristics and in situ water content for Platismatia norvegica in three microclimatic scenarios. The results showed that delayed PSII activation could have profound effects on lichens' ability to exploit environmental water sources. During rain, realized activity was reduced by 19, 34 and 56% compared to simulations assuming instant activation for three hydrophilic lichens in the driest microclimate. During humid air, the reduction was 81% for the most extreme species and scenario, because of slow hydration and low equilibrium water content. Many and brief hydration events may thus hamper species with slow activation and fast desiccation kinetics. No evidence of compensation by a 'water-holding' morphology was observed among studied species. The developed model may provide a tool for identifying suitable habitats for long-term persistence of lichens with physiological constraints.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 33, 840-850 p.
Bryoria bicolor, Lobaria amplissima, Platismatia glauca, Platismatia norvegica, Usnea longissima, habitat restrictions, photosynthetic activity, simulation, thallus water content, water potential
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32953DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3040.2009.02110.xISI: 000276618100014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-32953DiVA: diva2:306821