Acta Physiologiae Plantarum

, Volume 35, Issue 9, pp 2721–2726 | Cite as

Effects of different light quality on growth, chlorophyll concentration and chlorophyll biosynthesis precursors of non-heading Chinese cabbage (Brassica campestris L.)

  • XiaoXue Fan
  • Jie Zang
  • ZhiGang Xu
  • ShiRong Guo
  • XueLei Jiao
  • XiaoYing Liu
  • Ying Gao
Original Paper


The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of different light quality of light emitting diode (LED) on the growth, concentration of chlorophyll and chlorophyll biosynthesis precursors of non-heading Chinese cabbage (Brassica campestris L.). Seedlings of the cultivar Te Ai Qing were cultured for 28 days under 6 treatments: red light (R), blue light (B), green light (G), yellow light (Y), red plus blue light (RB) and dysprosium lamp (CK). Lighting experiments were performed under controlled conditions (photon flux density 150 μmol m−2 s−1; 12 h photoperiod; 18–20 °C). The fresh and dry mass were the greatest under RB, which were significantly higher than other light treatments. The fresh mass under RB was almost twice higher compared to other light treatments. Plant height was highest under R treatment and was lowest under B. RB treatment also lowered the plant height significantly. The highest soluble sugar concentration was observed under B. The soluble protein concentration was the greatest under RB. The R treatment was adverse to pigment accumulation. The concentration of photosynthetic pigments and chlorophyll biosynthesis precursors were higher under RB. The RB treatment was beneficial to pigment accumulation.


5-Aminolevulinic acid Chlorophyll biosynthesis precursors LEDs Light quality Non-heading Chinese cabbage Photosynthetic pigments 



5-Aminolevulinic acid


Blue LED


Dysprosium lamp


Green LED


Light emitting diode

Mg-Proto IX

Mg-proporphyrin IX




Photon flux density

Proto IX

Protoporphyrin IX




Red plus blue LED


Yellow LED



This research was partially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (30972035), the National 863 High Technology Program of China (2011AA03A114, 2013AA103003), the National Science and Technology Support Project of China (2011BAE01B01), Agricultural research special funds for public welfare projects (201303108), and Jiangsu Science and Technology Key Program (BE2011197). Prof. Feirong Gu of the College of Foreign Studies helped with the language editing of this manuscript.


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© Franciszek Górski Institute of Plant Physiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Horticulture, Nanjing Agricultural UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.College of Agronomy, Nanjing Agricultural UniversityNanjingChina

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