Biologia Plantarum

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 189–192 | Cite as

Influence of UV-B radiation on young triticale plants with different wax cover

Brief Communication


Ultraviolet-B radiation (biologically effective dose 2.6 kJ m−2 d−1) had negative influence on morphology and physiology of the young triticale plants. Plants exposed to UV-B were of lower height than control plants, their leaves were narrow, and the rate of net photosynthesis was decreased. The line RAH 336, which wax cover is lesser than that of traditional cultivar Magnat, was more susceptible to UV-B radiation, considering primary photosynthesis reactions, recorded by chlorophyll a fluorescence. An activation of protective mechanisms was observed: plants responded to UV-B by an increase of the content of UV-B absorbing compounds, and changes of antioxidant enzyme activities.

Additional key words

antioxidant enzymes catalase chlorophyll fluorescence net photosynthetic rate peroxidase Triticosecale 





transpiration rate

F0, Fm, Fv

initial, maximum, and variable fluorescence (Fv = Fm − F0)


photosynthetically active radiation (400–700 nm)


net photosynthesis rate


photosynthetic photon flux density

PS 2

photosystem 2


vitality index


ultraviolet B radiation in the range of 280–320 nm


biologically effective dose of UV-B radiation


quantum yield of PS 2


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© Institute of Experimental Botany, ASCR 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsAgricultural University of SzczecinSzczecinPoland

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