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Intra- and inter-specific comparisons of leaf UV-B absorbing-compound concentration of southern broadleaf trees in the United States
Author(s): Yadong Qi; Shuju Bai; Wei Gao; Gordon M. Heisler
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Paper Abstract

Increased concentration of leaf UV-B absorbing-compounds due to exposure to UV-B radiation is widely accepted as one of the plant adaptations to resist enhanced UV-B radiation. This paper reports a field comparative study of dynamics and temporal changes of UV-B absorbing-compound concentration in 35 southern broadleaf trees over a growing season. Leaf UV-B absorbing-compound, chlorophyll concentration, and leaf thickness were measured from the sun-exposed leaves of 35 tree species collected monthly from individual trees growing within the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana from April to October in 2000. The USDA UV-B Monitoring Network Baton Rouge Station provided the ambient UV-B radiation data. Leaf UV-B absorbing-compound concentration varied significantly with leaf age and species. Intra-specifically, leaf UV-B absorbing-compound concentration exhibited a generally increasing trend during leaf growth and development in response to the increased exposure to natural UV-B/solar radiation during the growing season. Inter-specifically, significant differences existed in leaf UV-B absorbing-compound concentration. The species were compared and ranked based on the growing season averages of the leaf total UV-B absorbing-compound concentration. The species were further classified into three levels (high, medium, and low) based on the magnitude of UV-B absorbing-compound concentration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4896, Ultraviolet Ground- and Space-based Measurements, Models, and Effects II, (1 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.466231
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Yadong Qi, Southern Univ. and A&M College (United States)
Shuju Bai, Southern Univ. and A&M College (United States)
Wei Gao, Colorado State Univ. (United States)
Gordon M. Heisler, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4896:
Ultraviolet Ground- and Space-based Measurements, Models, and Effects II
Wei Gao; Jay R. Herman; Guangyu Shi; Kazuo Shibasaki; James R. Slusser, Editor(s)

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