Characterization of Cold Hardening in Wheat Using Fluorescence Induction Parameters

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Two types of wheat varieties (Triticum aestivum L. cv. Cheyenne and cv. Chinese Spring, with strong and poor frost resistance, respectively) and two substitution lines (Chinese Spring/Cheyenne 5A and Chinese Spring/Cheyenne 7A) were used in experiments to investigate the kind of changes that take place in the photosynthetic apparatus of different wheat genotypes as a consequence of growing at low temperature. Using a PAM fluorometer, changes iri the photochemical quenching were traced at 2 °C and 20 °C. Although there was generally less photochemical quenching at low temperature than at room temperature, in the case of the frost-resistant variety Cheyenne an increase in photochemical quenching was observed at low temperature as a function of the length of the hardening period. This seems to indicate the existence of a regulating mechanism that ensures that even at low temperature the plant will be capable of an adequate level of photosynthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-388
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Plant Physiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science

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