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Title: Steady-state chlorophyll flourescence (Fs) as a tool to monitor plant heat and drought stress

item CENDRERO MATEO, MARIA PILAR - University Of Arizona
item Do Carmo Silva, Anaelisabete
item Salvucci, Michael
item Moran, Mary
item HERNANDEZ, MARIANO - US Department Of Agriculture (USDA)

Submitted to: American Geophysical Union
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/23/2012
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Crop yield decreases when photosynthesis is limited by heat or drought conditions. Yet farmers do not monitor crop photosynthesis because it is difficult to measure at the field scale in real time. Steady-state chlorophyll fluorescence (Fs) can be used at the field level as an indirect measure of photosynthetic activity in both healthy and physiologically-perturbed vegetation. In addition, Fs can be measured by satellite-based sensors on a regular basis over large agricultural regions. In this study, plants of Camelina sativa grown under controlled conditions were subjected to heat and drought stress. Gas exchange and Fs were measured simultaneously with a portable photosynthesis system under light limiting and saturating conditions. Results showed that Fs was directly correlated with net CO2 assimilation (A) and inversely correlated with non-photochemical quenching (NPQ). Analysis of the relationship between Fs and irradiance revealed significant differences between control and stressed plants that could be used to track the status, resilience, and recovery of photochemical processes. In summary, the results provide evidence that Fs measurements, even without normalization, are an easy means to monitor changes in plant photosynthesis, and therefore, provide a rapid assessment of plant stress to guide farmers in resource applications.