The effect ofPyricularia oryzae, the causal organism of leaf blast in rice, on photosynthesis characteristics of rice leaves was measured in two greenhouse experiments. Leaf blast reduced photosynthesis not only through a reduction in green leaf area, but also through an effect on photosynthesis of green leaf tissue surrounding the lesions. The assimilation rate at light saturation (P max ) was more affected than the initial light use efficiency (∈). Dark respiration (R d ) increased as a result of infection. The experimental data were used to derive relations between leaf blast severity andP max , ∈ andR d .
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Bastiaans, L. Effects of leaf blast on photosynthesis of rice. 1. Leaf photosynthesis. Netherlands Journal of Plant Pathology 99, 197–203 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01974664
- Pyricularia ozyzae
- Oryza sativa