Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 79, Issue 2, pp 169-176

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Effect of lanthanide chloride on photosynthesis and dry matter accumulation in tobacco seedlings

  • Wei-Jun ChenAffiliated withInstitute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • , Ye TaoAffiliated withInstitute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • , Yue-Hua GuAffiliated withSchool of Life Sciences, University of Science & Technology of China
  • , Gui-Wen ZhaoAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, University of Science & Technology of China

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To investigate the physiological effects of rare earth ions, we have studied the effect of LaCl3 on the photosynthetic light reactions in tobacco (Nicotiana tobacum). When treated with 5–20 mg/L LaCl3 in Hoagland solution by water culture, the dry matter accumulation of different parts in tobacco, the content of chlorophyll increased gradually, but decreased when the concentration of LaCl3 was ≥ 50 mg/L. The optimum concentration for growth appeared to be about 20 mg/L of LaCl3 in nutrient solution. La3+ promoted the activities of the Hill reaction, Mg2+-ATPase, and stimulated the rate of photophosphorylation in chloroplast at low concentrations, but inhibited them at high concentrations. It is concluded that La3+ stimulated the growth of tobacco seedlings and accelerated the photosynthetic light reactions at suitable concentration in vivo.

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Lanthanum chloride tobacco chlorophyll dry matter photosynthetic light reaction