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dc.contributor.authorSáez, Patricia L.es_ES
dc.contributor.authorBravo, León A.es_ES
dc.contributor.authorCavieres, Lohengrin A.es_ES
dc.contributor.authorVallejos, Valentinaes_ES
dc.contributor.authorSanhueza, Carolinaes_ES
dc.contributor.authorFont Carrascosa, Marceles_ES
dc.contributor.authorGil Pelegrín, Eustaquioes_ES
dc.contributor.authorPeguero Pina, José Javieres_ES
dc.contributor.authorGalmés, Jeronies_ES
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Experimental Botanyen
dc.description.abstractParticular physiological traits allow the vascular plants Deschampsia antarctica Desv. and Colobanthus quitensis (Kunth) Bartl. to inhabit Antarctica. The photosynthetic performance of these species was evaluated in situ, focusing on diffusive and biochemical constraints to CO2 assimilation. Leaf gas exchange, Chl a fluorescence, leaf ultrastructure, and Rubisco catalytic properties were examined in plants growing on King George and Lagotellerie islands. In spite of the species- and population-specific effects of the measurement temperature on the main photosynthetic parameters, CO2 assimilation was highly limited by CO2 diffusion. In particular, the mesophyll conductance (gm)—estimated from both gas exchange and leaf chlorophyll fluorescence and modeled from leaf anatomy—was remarkably low, restricting CO2 diffusion and imposing the strongest constraint to CO2 acquisition. Rubisco presented a high specificity for CO2 as determined in vitro, suggesting a tight co-ordination between CO2 diffusion and leaf biochemistry that may be critical ultimately to optimize carbon balance in these species. Interestingly, both anatomical and biochemical traits resembled those described in plants from arid environments, providing a new insight into plant functional acclimation to extreme conditions. Understanding what actually limits photosynthesis in these species is important to anticipate their responses to the ongoing and predicted rapid warming in the Antarctic Peninsulaen
dc.subject.otherrecursos forestaleses_ES
dc.titlePhotosynthetic limitations in two Antarctic vascular plants: importance of leaf anatomical traits and Rubisco kinetic parametersen
dc.typeJournal Contribution*
dc.subject.agrovocAnatomía de la plantaes
dc.subject.agrovocRegión antárticaes
dc.bibliographicCitation.titleJournal Of Experimental Botanyen
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