Advances in Ecological Research, Vol. 18 by M. Begon, A.H. Fitter, E.D. Ford, A. Macfadyen (Eds.)

By M. Begon, A.H. Fitter, E.D. Ford, A. Macfadyen (Eds.)

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Under drought conditions, or during prolonged sunfleck exposyes, however, regulation of stomatal opening to conserve water may impose limitations on CO, uptake during sunflecks. Stomata1 responses to light increases in the sun-loving species Pelurgonium slowed when plants were subjected to water stress, and responses to light decreases became faster (Willis and Balasubramaniam, 1968). Similar changes in stomatal responses during water stress were observed in seedlings of six hardwood tree species (Davies 34 R.

Constraints on Sunfleck Utilization in Understorey Habitats Photosynthetic utilization of sunflecks may be constrained by a variety of factors including loss of induction during low-light periods, restricted stomatal opening to conserve water, photoinhibition, wilting, and high leaf temperatures during prolonged high-light periods. Under field conditions, photosynthesis is influenced by a combination of environmental factors, of which PFD is only one. We are far from understanding how these different environmental factors affect carbon gain during sunflecks and during the intervening low-light periods.

On days with sunny periods, simulations indicated that sun- v) 7 - 800600; 0 E Y. Y L3 LL a 400 - 200 - 0- IlA 7 E 4- - EY. 2- a 0- v 30 - 20 - ... -- v I I 0 Time ( h 1 Fig. 3. Daily course of photon flux density (PFD; pmol m - * s - ’ ) , CO, assimilation, stomata1 conductance, internal CO, pressure, and leaf temperature for a seedling of Argvrodendron perduturn in a Queensland rainforest. From Pearcy (l987), with permission of the publisher. SUNFLECKS AND UNDERSTOREY PLANTS 25 flecks accounted for 15-60% of daily carbon gain.

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