Title

Effects of Light Intensity and Oxygen on Photosynthesis and Translocation in Sugar Beet

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-1974

Publication Source

Plant Physiology

Abstract

The mass transfer rate of 14C-sucrose translocation from sugar beet (Beta vulgaris, L.) leaves was measured over a range of net photosynthesis rates from 0 to 60 milligrams of CO2 Dec.imeters−2 hour−1 under varying conditions of light intensity, CO2 concentration, and O2 concentration. The resulting rate of translocation of labeled photosynthate into total sink tissue was a linear function (slope = 0.18) of the net photosynthesis rate of the source leaf regardless of light intensity (2000, 3700, or 7200 foot-candles), O2 concentration (21% or 1% O2), or CO2 concentration (900 microliters/liter of CO2 to compensation concentration). These data support the theory that the mass transfer rate of translocation under conditions of sufficient sink demand is limited by the net photosynthesis rate or more specifically by sucrose synthesis and this limitation is independent of light intensity per se. The rate of translocation was not saturated even at net photosynthesis rates four times greater than the rate occurring at 300 microliters/liter of CO2, 21% O2, and saturating light intensity.

Inclusive pages

575-578

ISBN/ISSN

0032-0889

Publisher

American Society of Plant Biologists

Volume

54

Peer Reviewed

yes