, Volume 52, Issue 4, pp 564–573 | Cite as

Comparative analysis of drought stress effects on photosynthesis of Eurasian and North African genotypes of wild barley

  • C. Jedmowski
  • S. Bayramov
  • W. Brüggemann
Original Papers


The impact of drought stress (DS) on eight Eurasian and North African genotypes of wild barley (Hordeum spontaneum) was evaluated by analysis of chlorophyll (Chl) a fluorescence fast induction curves using the JIP-test. Three-week-old, pot-grown plants were exposed to a DS treatment by withholding water for nine days. The genotype-specific impairment of the functionality of the photosynthetic electron transport chain was quantified using the relative decline of the performance indices (PIabs and PItot), two key parameters of the JIP-test. The genotypes showing the highest (HOR10164) and lowest (HOR10710) relative PIs under DS were subjected to additional experiments, including measurements of leaf gas exchange, water status, pigment content, key enzyme activity, and protein abundance. The genotypes showed a specific profile of DS-mediated inhibition of photosynthesis, associated with higher relative leaf water contents in HOR10164 at the end of the treatment. Whereas decreased photosynthetic rate in HOR10164 was mainly caused by stomatal closure, nonstomatal limitations (decreased Rubisco content and activity) were detected in HOR10710. Additional genotype specific features were the upregulation of the NADP-malate dehydrogenase in HOR10164 and a decreased fraction of QA-reducing reaction centers in HOR10710.

Additional key words

Calvin cycle chlorophyll fluorescence JIP-test performance index photosynthetic CO2 assimilation 



intercellular CO2 concentration






plastidic heat shock protein 70


dehydrin 1


dry mass


drought stress


fresh mass


stomatal conductance


leaf area


large subunit


NADP-malate dehydrogenase


net photosynthesis rate


performance index


psbO — manganese stabilising protein of the oxygen evolving complex of PSII


Rubisco activase


reaction center


fraction of active (QA-reducing) PSII reaction centers


reactive oxygen species


relative water content (of leaves)


stromal fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase


soil water content


turgid mass


relative variable fluorescence at the I-step (30 ms)


relative variable fluorescence at the J-step (2 ms)


efficiency of electron transport from the intersystem electron carriers to the PSI acceptor side


maximum photochemical efficiency of PSII


soil water potential


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ecology, Evolution and DiversityUniversity of FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany
  2. 2.Institute of BotanyAzerbaijan National Academy of SciencesBakuAzerbaijan
  3. 3.Biodiversity and Climate Research CenterFrankfurtGermany

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