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Smart glass impacts stomatal sensitivity of greenhouse Capsicum through altered light


Zhao, C and Chavan, S and He, X and Zhou, M and Cazzonelli, CI and Chen, Z-H and Tissue, DT and Ghannoum, O, Smart glass impacts stomatal sensitivity of greenhouse Capsicum through altered light, Journal of Experimental Botany, 72, (8) pp. 3235-3248. ISSN 0022-0957 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/jxb/erab028


Optical films that alter light transmittance may reduce energy consumption in high-tech greenhouses, but their impact on crop physiology remains unclear. We compared the stomatal responses of Capsicum plants grown hydroponically under control glass (70% diffuse light) or the smart glass (SG) film ULR-80, which blocked >50% of short-wave radiation and ~9% of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR). SG had no significant effects on steady-state (gs) or maximal (gmax) stomatal conductance. In contrast, SG reduced stomatal pore size and sensitivity to exogenous abscisic acid (ABA), thereby increasing rates of leaf water loss, guard cell K+ and Cl efflux, and Ca2+ influx. SG induced faster stomatal closing and opening rates on transition between low (100 µmol m–2 s–1) and high PAR (1500 µmol m–2 s–1), which compromised water use efficiency relative to control plants. The fraction of blue light (0% or 10%) did not affect gs in either treatment. Increased expression of stomatal closure and photoreceptor genes in epidermal peels of SG plants is consistent with fast stomatal responses to light changes. In conclusion, stomatal responses of Capsicum to SG were more affected by changes in light intensity than spectral quality, and re-engineering of the SG should maximize PAR transmission, and hence CO2 assimilation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:abscisic acid, Capsicum annuum, greenhouse horticulture, light spectrum, smart glass, stomatal conductance, stomatal sensitivity
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Agrochemicals and biocides (incl. application)
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Grains and seeds
Objective Field:Barley
UTAS Author:Zhao, C (Dr Chenchen Zhao)
UTAS Author:Zhou, M (Professor Meixue Zhou)
ID Code:145381
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2021-07-19
Last Modified:2021-11-16

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