Authors: Markovska, Y.; Tsonev, T.; Kimenov, G.
Publication: Botanica Acta
Year: 1997
Genera: Haberlea, Ramonda

In this paper the expression of C3 and CAM in the resurrection plants Haberlea rhodopensis Friv. and Ramonda serbica Panč, during the transition from biosis to anabiosis and Wee versa is reported for the first time. The transition from predominantly C3 metabolism to net dark fixation of CO2 occurred in leaves of R. serbica during desiccation. Desiccated plants of H. rhodopensis react by reducing light assimilation of CO2. When watering was resumed night time fixation of CO2 by R. serbica was observed within 24 hours. The recovery of CO2 fixation by H. rhodopensis was not seen until the 8 th day. Desiccated and rehydrated plants of H. rhodopensis recapture a higher proportion of respiratory CO2 than well‐watered plants. Since both species have little capacity for water conservation in their tissues, the early onset of high recycling of CO2 following drought could be an important mechanism for potentially saving water.