Acta Physiologiae Plantarum

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 505–515 | Cite as

Acclimation to freezing temperatures in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne)

  • Judith Harrison
  • Claire Tonkinson
  • Colin Eagles
  • Christine Foyer
Low Temperature Stress


The increasing demands being placed on natural grasslands in the era following the appearance of Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis require that forage crops provide a reliable extended season of growth, combined with good winter survival to ensure sward longevity. The ability to tolerate sub-zero temperatures is integral to the survival of perennial forages. Since the development of freezing tolerance is crucial to the survival and productivity of over-wintering crops, forage breeding programmes require an improved understanding of the individual characteristics that contribute to tolerance to sub-zero temperatures. Photosynthesis, carbohydrate content and changes in protein composition were investigated in two varieties of Lolium perenne which differ in their response to growth at low temperature.

Key words

Carbohydrates Freezing Lolium perenne Photosynthesis Proteins 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith Harrison
    • 1
  • Claire Tonkinson
    • 1
  • Colin Eagles
    • 1
  • Christine Foyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Grassland and Environmental ResearchPlas Gogerddan, AberystwythCeredigionUK

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