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Parameters of electrical signals and photosynthetic responses induced by them in pea seedlings depend on the nature of stimulus

Vladimir Vodeneev A B , Maxim Mudrilov A , Elena Akinchits A , Irina Balalaeva A and Vladimir Sukhov A
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A Department of Biophysics, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, Gagarin Avenue, 23, Nizhni Novgorod, Russia.

B Corresponding author. Email: v.vodeneev@mail.ru

This paper originates from a presentation at the Fourth International Symposium on Plant Signaling and Behavior, Komarov Botanical Institute RAS/Russian Science Foundation, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 19–23 June 2016.

Functional Plant Biology - https://doi.org/10.1071/FP16342
Submitted: 30 September 2016  Accepted: 9 December 2016   Published online: 3 March 2017

Abstract

Local damage induces generation and propagation of variation potentials (VPs) that affect physiological processes in plants. The aims of the work presented here were to investigate parameters of VP induced by burning, heating and mechanical injury in pea seedlings, and to undertake a theoretical analysis of the mechanisms underlying the differences in VP parameters and a study of the photosynthetic responses caused by VPs induced by the damaging factors. The velocity of propagation of burn-induced VP decreased with distance from the damaged area whereas the velocities of heating- and injury-induced VPs were constant. The amplitudes of burn- and heating-induced VPs did not depend on distance whereas the amplitude of VP induced by mechanical injury decreased. VP propagation has been simulated on the basis of wound substance spread. The simulation revealed two possible ways of wound substance propagation: turbulent diffusion from the damaged area and secondary active production in intact cells. The photosynthetic response (decrease in the quantum yield of PSII and raising the level of non-photochemical fluorescence quenching (NPQ)) developed in case of VP entering the intact leaf under heating and burn but was not registered after mechanical injury. An increase in NPQ level was biphasic under burn in comparison with a single-phase one under heating, and the NPQ amplitude was slightly higher under burn. We suggest that differences in photosynthetic responses may be determined by the parameters of VPs induced by stimuli of different nature.

Additional keywords: higher plant, information transduction, variation potential.


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