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Role of corticular photosynthesis following defoliation in Eucalyptus globulus


Eyles, A and Pinkard, EA and O'Grady, AP and Worledge, D and Warren, C, Role of corticular photosynthesis following defoliation in Eucalyptus globulus, Plant, Cell and Environment, 32, (8) pp. 1004-1014. ISSN 0140-7791 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1365-3040.2009.01984.x


Defoliation can reduce net fixation of atmospheric CO2 by the canopy, but increase the intensity and duration of photosynthetically active radiation on stems. Stem CO2 flux and leaf gas exchange in young Eucalyptus globulus seedlings were measured to assess the impact of defoliation on these processes and to determine the potential contribution of re-fixation by photosynthetic inner bark in offsetting the effects of defoliation in a woody species. Pot and field trials examined how artificial defoliation of the canopy affected the photosynthetic characteristics of main stems of young Eucalyptus globulus seedlings. Defoliated potted seedlings were characterized by transient increases in foliar photosynthetic rates and concomitant decreases in stem CO2 fluxes (both in the dark and light). Defoliated field-grown seedlings showed similar stem CO2 flux responses, but of reduced magnitude. Despite demonstrating increased re-fixation capability, defoliated potted-seedlings had slowed stem growth. The green stem of seedlings exhibited largely shade-adapted characteristics. Defoliation reduced stem chlorophyll a/b ratio and increased carotenoid concentration. An increased capacity to re-fix internally respired CO2 (up to 96%) suggested that stem re-fixation represents a previously unexplored mechanism to minimize the impact of foliar loss by maximizing the contribution of all photosynthetic tissues, particularly for young seedlings. © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Plant physiology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood plantations
UTAS Author:Eyles, A (Dr Alieta Eyles)
UTAS Author:Pinkard, EA (Dr Elizabeth Pinkard)
UTAS Author:O'Grady, AP (Dr Anthony O'Grady)
UTAS Author:Worledge, D (Mr Dale Worledge)
ID Code:52994
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2008-10-20
Last Modified:2012-03-05

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