Modelling Stomatal Behaviour and and Photosynthesis of Eucalyptus grandis
Australian Journal of Plant Physiology
17(2) 159 - 175
Stomatal conductances, CO2 assimilation, transpiration and intercellular CO2 mol fractions of Eucalyptus grandis leaves were measured in the field using a portable, controlled environment cuvette. Test leaves were subjected to a range of temperatures, humidities, photon irradiances and external CO2 mol fractions. An empiral function, gsw = g0 + g1 Ahs/(cs-I'), was able to account for steady- state stomatal conductances g*sw, over a wide range of environmental conditions and leaf photosynthetic capacities. In this equation, termed the stomatal constraint function, A is CO2 assimilation rate, hs and cs are relative humidity and CO2 mol fraction at the leaf surface respectively, I' is the CO2 compensation point, g0 is conductance at A = 0 and gl is an empirical coefficient. Equations describing the supply of CO2 through stomata and demand for CO2 in photosynthesis were solved simultaneously with the constraint function to give a combined model of stomatal conductance, CO2 assimilation and intercellular CO2 mol fraction in terms of external environmental factors and several parameters describing C3 photosynthesis. The model provided a good description of experimental observations.
Full text doi:10.1071/PP9900159
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