Journal of East China Normal University(Natural Sc ›› 2015, Vol. 2015 ›› Issue (2): 113-121.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2015.02.014

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Comparative diurnal variations in photosynthesis and transpiration of endangered plant species, Ostrya rehderiana and Acer yangjuechi

WANG Xiao-yan1, 3,YANG Shu-zhen2,ZHAO Ming-shui2,LUO Yuan2,CUI Min-yan1,LI Yuan-yuan1   

  1. 1. Tiantong National Field Observation Station for Forest Ecosystem, School of Ecological and  Environmental Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai200241, China;
    2. Management Bureau of Tianmushan National Nature Reserve, Lin′an Zhejiang311311, China; 
    3. School of Life Science, Taizhou University, Taizhou Zhejiang318000, China
  • Received:2014-03-31 Online:2015-03-25 Published:2015-05-28

Abstract: In order to compare the differences of gas exchange between suntolerant and shadetolerant plants, diurnal variations in photosynthetic and transpiration indices were measured using LI6400 portable photosynthesis system in two endangered species, Ostrya rehderiana Chun (suntolerance) and Acer yangjuechi Fang et P. L. Chiu (shadetolerance). Our results showed that O. rehderiana was a bimodal curve in diurnal change of photosynthesis rate (Pn), while A. yangjuechi was a unimodal curve.  A. yangjuechi had a higher light use efficiency (RUE) than O. rehderiana under a relatively weak light (p<0.05), suggesting A. yangjuechi had an increased net photosynthesis rate (P n) in weaker light conditions, e.g. under a longterm shade circumstance. The water use efficiency (WUE) was also higher in A. yangjuechi than in O. rehderiana (p<0.05). This indicated A. yangjuechi had a lower transpiration in shaded conditions.

Key words: Ostrya rehderiana, Acer yangjuechi, photosynthesis, transpiration, diurnal variation

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