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Growth, photosynthesis and storage of carbohydrates and nitrogen in Phaseolus lunatus in relation to resource availability

  • H. A. Mooney
  • K. Fichtner
  • E.-D. Schulze
Original Paper


Growth, photosynthesis, and storage of nitrogen (N) and total non-structural carbohydrates (TNC) of a perennial wild type and an annual cultivar of lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus) were examined at different light intensities and N supplies. Relative growth rate and photosynthesis increased with light and N availability. N limitation enhanced biomass allocation into root rather than into shoot, while light limitation enhanced growth of leaf area. The TNC concentrations increased with light intensity and thus with photosynthesis, while the concentrations of organic N and nitrate decreased. Increasing N supply had the opposite effect. Therefore, TNC and organic N concentrations were negatively correlated (r=−0.90). Pool size of N or TNC increased with N and light availability when either resource was non-limiting, but increased little or remained constant when either resource was limiting. Storage reached a minimum when both resources were supplied at an equal rate.

Key words

Carbohydrate Growth Nitrogen Phaseolus lunatus Storage 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. A. Mooney
    • 1
  • K. Fichtner
    • 1
  • E.-D. Schulze
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für PflanzenökologieUniversität BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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