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Susceptibility to low-temperature photoinhibition and the acquisition of freezing tolerance in winter and spring wheat: The role of growth temperature and irradiance
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5151-5184
2001 (English)In: Physiologia Plantarum: An International Journal for Plant Biology, ISSN 0031-9317, E-ISSN 1399-3054, Vol. 113, no 4, 499-506 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Five winter and five spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivars were grown under either control conditions (20 degreesC/250 photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD) [mu mol m(-2) s(-1)]), high irradiance (20 degreesC/800 PPFD) or at low temperature (either 5 degreesC/250 PPFD or 5 degreesC/50 PPFD). To eliminate any potential bias, the wheat cultivars were arbitrarily chosen without any previous knowledge of their freezing tolerance or photosynthetic competence. We show that the differential susceptibilities to photoinhibition exhibited between spring and winter wheat cultivars, as assessed by chlorophyll fluorescence cannot be explained on the basis of either growth irradiance or low growth temperature per se. The role of excitation pressure is discussed. We assessed the correlation between susceptibility to low-temperature photoinhibition, maximum ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase-oxygenase (EC and NADP-dependent malate dehydrogenase (EC activities, chlorophyll and protein concentrations and freezing tolerance determined by electrolyte leakage. Susceptibility to photoinhibition is the only parameter examined that is strongly and negatively correlated with freezing tolerance. We suggest that the assessment of susceptibility to photoinhibition may be a useful predictor of freezing tolerance and field survival of cereals.

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2001. Vol. 113, no 4, 499-506 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-44700ISI: 000173007700008OAI: diva2:428148
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