J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2008, Vol. 50 ›› Issue (2): 210-220.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2007.00391.x

Special Issue: Ecology and Global Changes

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Seasonal Variation and Correlation with Environmental Factors of Photosynthesis and Water Use Efficiency of Juglans regia and Ziziphus jujuba

Hai-Bo Yang, Shu-Qing An, Osbert-Jianxin Sun, Zuo-Min Shi, Xin-Song She, Qing-Ye Sun and Shi-Rong Liu   

  • Received:2006-05-08 Accepted:2006-07-15

Abstract: Both the photosynthetic light curves and CO2 curves of Juglans regia L. and Ziziphus jujuba Mill. var. spinosa in three seasons were measured using a LI-6400 portable photosynthesis system. The maximal net photosynthetic rate (Amax), apparent quantum efficiency(φ), maximal carboxylation rate (Vcmax) and water use efficiency (WUE) of the two species were calculated based on the curves. The results showed that Amax of J. regia reached its maximum at the late-season, while the highest values of Amax of Z. jujuba occurred at the mid-season. The Amax of J. regia was more affected by relative humidity (RH) of the atmosphere, while that of Z. jujuba was more affected by the air temperature. Light saturation point (LSP) and Light compensation point (LCP) of J. regia had a higher correlation with RH of the atmosphere, those of Z. jujuba, however, had a higher correlation with air temperature. Vcmax of both J. regia and Z. jujuba had negative correlation with RH of the atmosphere. WUE of J. regia would decrease with the rise of the air temperature while that of Z. jujuba increased. Thus it could be seen that RH, temperature and soil moisture had main effect on photosynthesis and WUE of J. regia and Z. jujuba. Incorporating data on the physiological differences among tree species into forest carbon models will greatly improve our ability to predict alterations to the forest carbon budgets under various environmental scenarios such as global climate change, or with differing species composition.

Key words: Apparent quantum efficiency (φ), Maximal carboxylation rate (Vcmax), Net photosynthetic rate (Pn), Returning cropland to forest or grassland, Seasonal variation, Water use efficiency (WUE).

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