Authors: Li, Qiansheng; Ding, Min; Xiong, Yanshi; Coombes, Allen; Zhao, Wei
Publication: The Scientific World Journal
Year: 2014
Genera: Aeschynanthus

Aeschynanthus longicaulis plants are understory plants in the forest, adapting to low light conditions in their native habitats. To observe the effects of the high irradiance on growth and physiology, plants were grown under two different light levels, PPFD 650 πœ‡molβ‹…m–2 β‹…s–1 and 150 πœ‡molβ‹…m–2 β‹…s–1 for 6 months. Plants under high irradiance had significantly thicker leaves with smaller leaf area, length, width, and perimeter compared to the plants grown under low irradiance. Under high irradiance, the leaf color turned yellowish and the total chlorophyll decreased from 5.081mgβ‹…dmβˆ’2 to 3.367mgβ‹…dmβˆ’2. The anthocyanin content of high irradiance leaves was double that of those under low irradiance. The plants under high irradiance had significantly lower Aπ‘šπ‘Žπ‘₯ (5.69 πœ‡molβ‹…m–2 β‹…s–1) and LSP (367 πœ‡molβ‹…m–2 β‹…s–1) and higher LCP (21.9 πœ‡molβ‹…m–2 β‹…s–1).Thechlorophyll fluorescence parameter 𝐹V/πΉπ‘š was significantly lower and NPQ was significantly higher in high irradiance plants. RLCs showed significantly lower ETRmax and πΈπ‘˜ in plants under high irradiance. It can be concluded that the maximum PPFD of 650 πœ‡molβ‹…m–2 β‹…s–1 led to significant light stress and photoinhibition of A. longicaulis.