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Xanthophyll-cycle dynamics and rapid induction of anthocyanin synthesis in Eucalyptus nitens seedlings transferred to photoinhibitory conditions

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posted on 2023-05-16, 20:12 authored by Dugald CloseDugald Close, Christopher BeadleChristopher Beadle
The effects of rapid induction and subsequent relaxation of cold-induced photoinhibition on pigment chemistry of Eucalyptus nitens (Deane and Maiden) Maiden seedling leaves was assessed. The seedlings were subjected to four treatments in a nursery, fertilised or non-fertilised and shaded or non-shaded, before induction of photoinhibition in a growth chamber. Within 2 days, growth chamber conditions decreased photochemical efficiency (Fv/Fm) and increased xanthophyll-cycle conversion ratio. This was associated with decreased levels of total chlorophyll and increased levels of xanthophyll-cycle pigments. After 8 days, Fv/Fm of all treatments rose. Anthocyanin levels gradually increased until day eight, except in non-shaded, non-fertilised seedlings, which had high levels before the induction of photoinhibition. Visible spectroscopy indicated increased absorption between 500 and 590 nm, indicative of anthocyanin absorption. Electron transport rate after xanthophyll-cycle relaxation was half that measured before induction of photoinhibition. The findings indicate that anthocyanins may provide a photoprotective role in E. nitens seedlings under conditions of photoinhibition. © 2004 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

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Publication title

Journal of Plant Physiology

Volume

162

Pagination

37-46

ISSN

0176-1617

Department/School

School of Natural Sciences

Publisher

Urban und Fischer Verlag

Place of publication

Germany, Portugal, SpainUrban

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Hardwood plantations

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