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Evaluating the link between photosynthetic capacity and leaf vascular organization with principal component analysis

Author:
Polutchko, S. K., Stewart, J. J., Demmig-Adams, B., Adams, W. W.
Source:
Photosynthetica 2018 v.56 no.1 pp. 392-403
ISSN:
0300-3604
Subject:
Arabidopsis thaliana, annuals, enzymes, exports, leaf area, leaves, phloem loading, photosynthesis, principal component analysis, sieve elements, sugars, summer, tracheary elements, transporters, winter
Abstract:
Significant linear relationships between photosynthetic capacity and principal components loaded by phloem cell numbers and tracheary elements per minor vein as well as the latter two normalized for vein density (proxy for apoplastic phloem loading capacity involving membrane transporters) were revealed for all apoplastic loaders (summer annuals and winter annual Arabidopsis thaliana). In addition, significant linear relationships between photosynthetic capacity and a principal component loaded by tracheary element cross-sectional areas and volumes per unit of leaf area (water flux capacity proxy) was present for symplastic and apoplastic loaders. Lastly, a significant linear relationship between photosynthetic capacity and a principal component loaded by phloem cell cross-sectional areas and volumes per unit of leaf area (proxy for symplastic loading capacity involving cytosolic enzymes for companion cells) was revealed for summer annual symplastic loaders as well as for A. thaliana (in the case of sieve elements, a proxy for sugar export capacity from the leaves).
Agid:
5932227