Net photosynthetic rate (P N) measured at elevated CO2 concentration (C e), ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco), and nitrogen (N) content in rice leaves decreased significantly after exposure to long term C e. The reduction in P N, Rubisco, and leaf N at C e was similar for the last fully expanded leaf blade (LFELB) and expanding leaf blade (ELB). Spatial leaf N content in the ELB was highest in the zone of cell division, sharply declined as cell expansion progressed and gradually increased with cell maturation. Maximum reduction in spatial leaf N and Rubisco content was found at C e only within cell expansion and maturation zones. The spatial leaf N content correlated well with the amount of Rubisco synthesized during leaf expansion, suggesting that N deposition into the expanding leaf blade may be the key for Rubisco synthesis and possibly photosynthetic acclimation to C e.
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- C a :
ambient CO2 concentration
- C e :
elevated CO2 concentration
days after planting
expanding leaf blade
leaf blade elongation rates
last fully expanded leaf blade
- P N :
net photosynthetic rate
photosynthetic photon flux density
ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase
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This work was supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.
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Seneweera, S. Reduced nitrogen allocation to expanding leaf blades suppresses ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase synthesis and leads to photosynthetic acclimation to elevated CO2 in rice. Photosynthetica 49, 145–148 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11099-011-0006-2
Additional key words
- elevated CO2
- ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase
- spatial nitrogen deposition