Date of Award:

5-1982

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Natural Resources

Department name when degree awarded

Range Science

Committee Chair(s)

Martyn M. Caldwell

Committee

Martyn M. Caldwell

Committee

Frank Salisbury

Committee

Herman Wiebe

Committee

Niel Van Alfen

Abstract

Previous studies indicate that the degree of UV-Binduced photosynthetic inhibition may be highly dependent upon the photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD, total quantum flux in the waveband 400-700 nm) incident on a plant. This study illustrates that Essex soybean leaves (Glycine max) preconditioned under high PPFD suffered less UV-B-induced photoinhibition than when preconditioned under low PPFD. However, sensitivity to UV-B increased when soybean leaves received high-PPFD as a concomitant treatment.

The relative msgnitude of UV-B-induced damage was similar for both light-limited and light-saturated photosynthesis. This probably indicates that UV-B is inhibiting fundamentally different photosynthetic processes.

Soybean leaves preconditioned under high PPFD had greater specific-leaf-weight, chlorophyll a/b ratio, and crude flavonoid content. The total chlorophyll concentration of soybean leaves preconditioned under high PPFD increased slightly over a UV-B irradiation period of five hours. Total chlorophyll concentration of leaves preconditioned under low PPFD decreased slightly in response to the same irradiation period.

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