Stomatal conductance in Cucumis sativus upon short-term and long-term exposures to low temperatures

Stomatal conductance in Cucumis sativus upon short-term and long-term exposures to low temperatures We studied stomatal conductance (gs) in leaves of cucumber plants (Cucumis sativus L., cv. Zozulya) subjected at early developmental stages to either short-term daily cooling (2 h at the end of night periods) or continuous chilling (12°C throughout the day and night). Irrespective of the irradiance during measurements, continuous chilling either lowered gs or had no effect, as compared to gs of control plants (23°C). In plants subjected to periodic short-term cooling, the gs was found to increase at low temperatures both at moderate and high irradiance; it also increased at high temperature (33°C) but only at photosynthetically active irradiance of 800 μmol/(m2 s). It is supposed that heat-loving plants, subjected to different types of low-temperature treatment, mobilize different mechanisms of stomatal regulation and employ different strategies of adaptation in response to low- and high-temperature treatments. The unusual behavior of stomata, manifested in stomatal opening at both low and high temperatures, extends the adaptive potential of plants subjected daily to short-term low-temperature treatments. This leads to a high level of photosynthesis, biomass accumulation, and supports high physiological activity in plants. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Russian Journal of Plant Physiology Springer Journals

Stomatal conductance in Cucumis sativus upon short-term and long-term exposures to low temperatures

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2012 by Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.
Subject
Life Sciences; Plant Physiology; Plant Sciences
ISSN
1021-4437
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1608-3407
D.O.I.
10.1134/S102144371205007X
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Abstract

We studied stomatal conductance (gs) in leaves of cucumber plants (Cucumis sativus L., cv. Zozulya) subjected at early developmental stages to either short-term daily cooling (2 h at the end of night periods) or continuous chilling (12°C throughout the day and night). Irrespective of the irradiance during measurements, continuous chilling either lowered gs or had no effect, as compared to gs of control plants (23°C). In plants subjected to periodic short-term cooling, the gs was found to increase at low temperatures both at moderate and high irradiance; it also increased at high temperature (33°C) but only at photosynthetically active irradiance of 800 μmol/(m2 s). It is supposed that heat-loving plants, subjected to different types of low-temperature treatment, mobilize different mechanisms of stomatal regulation and employ different strategies of adaptation in response to low- and high-temperature treatments. The unusual behavior of stomata, manifested in stomatal opening at both low and high temperatures, extends the adaptive potential of plants subjected daily to short-term low-temperature treatments. This leads to a high level of photosynthesis, biomass accumulation, and supports high physiological activity in plants.

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Russian Journal of Plant PhysiologySpringer Journals

Published: Aug 16, 2012

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