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Research article2004Peer reviewed

Photosynthetic responses to short-term and long-term light variation in Pinus sylvestris and Salix dasyclados

Hjelm U, Ogren E


Pinus sylvestris and Salix dasyclados, which differ in leaf longevity, were compared with respect to four aspects of photosynthetic light use and response: high light acclimation, photoinhibition resistance and recovery, lightfleck exposure and use and chloroplast acclimation across leaves. The first two aspects were examined using seedlings under controlled conditions and the other two were tested using trees in the field. When exposed to high light, shade leaves of Pinus acclimated completely, achieving the same photosynthetic capacities as sun leaves, whereas shade leaves of Salix did not reach sun leaf capacities although the absolute magnitude of their acclimation was larger. Shade leaves of Pinus were also more resistant to photoinhibition than those of Salix. Much of the direct light supplied within the canopy was in the form of rapid fluctuations, lightflecks, for Pinus and Salix alike. They exploited short lightflecks with similar efficiency. The greater proportion of diffuse light in the canopy for Pinus than Salix seems to lead to a lesser degree of differential intra-leaf acclimation of chloroplasts, in turn leading to lower efficiency of photosynthesis under unilateral light as reflected by a lower convexity, rate of bending, of the light-response curve. The differences in light use and responses are discussed in relation to possible differences in characteristics of the long and short-lived leaf

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Trees - Structure and Function
2004, Volume: 18, number: 6, pages: 622-629
Publisher: SPRINGER

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    Forest Science

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