Structural and Functional Characteristics of Ajuga reptansPhotosynthesis under Cold Climate Conditions

Structural and Functional Characteristics of Ajuga reptansPhotosynthesis under Cold Climate... Structural, functional, and biochemical characteristics of the photosynthetic apparatus of a nemoral herbaceous perennial plant Ajuga reptansL. inhabiting the middle taiga subzone were investigated. Plant leaves were characterized by a high content of green (3.1 mg/dm2) and yellow (0.64 mg/dm2) pigments and contained moderate-sized chloroplasts with grana consisting of ten thylakoids or more. The maximum rate of photosynthesis in summergreen leaves (5–8 mg CO2/(dm2h)) was observed at 14–16°C under a saturating photosynthetically active radiation of 50 W/m2. At 6–7°C, the rate of CO2assimilation was reduced to 60–80% of the maximum one. The temperature optimum of photosynthesis was not constant and shifted by 2–6°C depending on the changes in the ambient temperature. Wintergreen leaves were capable of photosynthesis in late autumn after heavy freezes and in early spring after a long winter. The accumulation of soluble carbohydrates and free amino acids in leaves helps to maintain the functional activity of the photosynthetic apparatus. Russian Journal of Plant Physiology Springer Journals

Structural and Functional Characteristics of Ajuga reptansPhotosynthesis under Cold Climate Conditions

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 2001 by MAIK “Nauka/Interperiodica”
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