, Volume 52, Issue 4, pp 555–563 | Cite as

Evaluation of photosynthetic performance of wheat cultivars exposed to boron toxicity by the JIP fluorescence test

  • M. T. Öz
  • Ö. Turan
  • C. Kayihan
  • F. Eyidoğan
  • Y. Ekmekçi
  • M. Yücel
  • H. A. Öktem
Original Papers


The changes in growth and photosynthetic performance of two wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivars (Bolal-2973 and Atay-85) differing in their sensitivity to boron (B) toxicity were investigated under toxic B conditions. Eight-day old seedlings were exposed to highly toxic B concentrations (5, 7.5, and 10 mM H3BO3) for 5 and 9 days. Fast chlorophyll a fluorescence kinetics was determined and analysed using JIP test. Growth parameters, tissue B contents, and membrane damage were measured at two stress durations. The photochemical performance of PSII was hindered more in the sensitive cultivar (Atay-85) than that of the tolerant one (Bolal-2973) under B toxicity. The increase in the B concentration and stress duration caused membrane leakage in both cultivars. However, higher membrane damage was observed in Atay-85 compared to Bolal-2973. Additionally, significant reduction of growth parameters was observed in both cultivars at toxic B concentrations. The accumulation of B was higher in shoots than in roots of both cultivars. Nevertheless, Atay-85 translocated more B from roots to leaves compared to Bolal-2973. The advantages of certain JIP test parameters were demonstrated for evaluation of PSII activity in plants exposed to B stress. Evaluation of photosynthetic performance by JIP test as well as assessment of growth and tissue B content might be used to determine the effects of B toxicity in wheat. The results indicated lesser sensitivity to B toxicity in Bolal-2973 compared to Atay-85.

Additional key words

chlorophyll fluorescence fluorescence transient performance index photosynthesis 





cross section


electron transfer/transport


initial fluorescence intensity


maximal fluorescence intensity


inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy


fluorescence transient with O-J-I-P phases


performance index


primary quinone acceptor of photosystem II


secondary quinone acceptor of photosystem II


reaction centre


trapping flux

φE0 or ET0/ABS

quantum yield of electron transport

φP0 or TR0/ABS

maximum quantum yield of primary photochemistry


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. T. Öz
    • 1
  • Ö. Turan
    • 2
  • C. Kayihan
    • 3
  • F. Eyidoğan
    • 4
  • Y. Ekmekçi
    • 5
  • M. Yücel
    • 3
  • H. A. Öktem
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research, Department of Molecular BiologyPalacký UniversityOlomoucCzech Republic
  2. 2.Espiye Vocational SchoolGiresun UniversityGiresunTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Biological SciencesMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  4. 4.Faculty of Education, Department of Elementary EducationBaşkent UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  5. 5.Faculty of Science, Department of BiologyHacettepe UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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