Excitation energy partitioning and quenching during cold acclimation in Scots pine

Sveshnikov, Dmitry, Ensminger, Ingo, Ivanov, Alexander G., Campbell, Douglas, Lloyd, Jon, Funk, Christiane, Hüner, Norman P.A., and Öquist, Gunnar (2006) Excitation energy partitioning and quenching during cold acclimation in Scots pine. Tree Physiology, 26 (3). pp. 325-336.

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We studied the influence of two irradiances on cold acclimation and recovery of photosynthesis in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) seedlings to assess mechanisms for quenching the excess energy captured by the photosynthetic apparatus. A shift in temperature from 20 to 5 °C caused a greater decrease in photosynthetic activity, measured by chlorophyll fluorescence and oxygen evolution, in plants exposed to moderate light (350 μmol m−2 s−1) than in shaded plants (50 μmol m−2 s−1). In response to the temperature shift, maximal photochemical efficiency of photosystem II (PSII), measured as the ratio of variable to maximal chlorophyll fluorescence (Fv/Fm) of dark-adapted samples, decreased to 70% in exposed seedlings, whereas shaded seedlings maintained Fv/Fm close to initial values. After a further temperature decrease to −5 °C, only 8% of initial Fv/Fm remained in exposed plants, whereas shaded plants retained 40% of initial Fv/Fm. Seven days after transfer from −5 to 20 °C, recovery of photochemical efficiency was more complete in the shaded plants than in the exposed plants (87 and 65% of the initial Fv/Fm value, respectively).

In response to cold stress, the estimated functional absorption cross section per remaining PSII reaction center increased at both irradiances, but the increase was more pronounced in exposed seedlings. Estimates of energy partitioning in the needles showed a much higher dissipative component in the expoesd seedlings at low temperatures, pointing to stronger development of non-photochemical quenching at moderate irradiances. The de-epoxidation state of the xanthophyll cycle pigments increased in exposed seedlings at 5 °C, contributing to the quenching capacity, whereas significant de-epoxidation in the shaded plants was observed only when temperatures decreased to −5 °C. Thermoluminescence (TL) measurements of PSII revealed that charge recombinations between the second oxidation state of Mn-cluster S2 and the semireduced secondary electron acceptor quinone QB−(S2QB−) were shifted to lower temperatures in cold-acclimated seedlings compared with control seedlings and this effect depended on irradiance. Concomitant with this, cold-acclimated seedlings demonstrated a significant shift in the S2 recombination with primary acceptor QA− (S2QA−) characteristic TL emission peak to higher temperatures, thus narrowing the redox potential gap between S2QB− and S2QA−, which might result in increased probability for non-radiative radical pair recombination betweem the PSII reaction center chlorophyll a (P680+) and QA− (P680+QA−) (reaction center quenching) in cold-acclimated seedlings. In Scots pine seedlings, mechanisms of quenching excess light energy in winter therefore involve light-dependent regulation of reaction center content and both reaction center-based and antenna-based quenching of excess light energy, enabling them to withstand high excitation pressure under northern winter conditions.

Item ID: 18017
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1758-4469
Keywords: antenna quenching; cold stress; electron transport; Pinus sylvestris; reaction center quenching
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2011 00:57
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0607 Plant Biology > 060705 Plant Physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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