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Chlorophyll a fluorescence illuminates a path connecting plant molecular biology to earth-system science


Porcar-Castell, A and Malenovsky, Z and Magney, T and Van Wittenberghe, S and Fernandez-Marin, B and Maignan, F and Zhang, Y and Maseyk, K and Atherton, J and Albert, LP and Robson, TM and Zhao, F and Garcia-Plazaola, JI and Ensminger, I and Rajewicz, PA and Grebe, S and Tikkanen, M and Kellner, JR and Ihalainen, JA and Rascher, U and Logan, B, Chlorophyll a fluorescence illuminates a path connecting plant molecular biology to earth-system science, Nature Plants, 7 pp. 998-1009. ISSN 2055-0278 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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Springer Nature Limited 2021

DOI: doi:10.1038/s41477-021-00980-4


For decades, the dynamic nature of chlorophyll a fluorescence (ChlaF) has provided insight into the biophysics and ecophysiology of the light reactions of photosynthesis from the subcellular to leaf scales. Recent advances in remote sensing methods enable detection of ChlaF induced by sunlight across a range of larger scales, from using instruments mounted on towers above plant canopies to Earth-orbiting satellites. This signal is referred to as solar-induced fluorescence (SIF) and its application promises to overcome spatial constraints on studies of photosynthesis, opening new research directions and opportunities in ecology, ecophysiology, biogeochemistry, agriculture and forestry. However, to unleash the full potential of SIF, intensive cross-disciplinary work is required to harmonize these new advances with the rich history of biophysical and ecophysiological studies of ChlaF, fostering the development of next-generation plant physiological and Earth-system models. Here, we introduce the scale-dependent link between SIF and photosynthesis, with an emphasis on seven remaining scientific challenges, and present a roadmap to facilitate future collaborative research towards new applications of SIF.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:plants, ecophysiology, biogeochemistry, photosynthesis
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Ecological physiology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Malenovsky, Z (Dr Zbynek Malenovsky)
ID Code:147789
Year Published:2021
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (FT160100477)
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2021-11-16
Last Modified:2021-12-01

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