Morphological and photosynthetic acclimation of Potamogeton perfoliatus to different environments in Lake Balaton

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Comparative significance and synchronicity of morphological and photosynthetic adjustments of Potamogeton perfoliatus to shore-specific environments were examined on plants growing at the maximum depth of colonisation of the northern and southern shores of Lake Balaton. The shore-specific environments did not affect photophysiological parameters: the photosynthesis of plants on both shores was high, coupled with low respiration and compensation irradiances. In contrast, morphological and habitual differences between the shores were significant: plants of the shady, northern shore had lighter, but larger leaves, and longer internodes concentrated in the apex of the plants. Thus, photophysiological variability of Potamogeton does not follow its morphological differentiation.

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Tóth, V.R., Vári, Á. & Lugossi, S. Morphological and photosynthetic acclimation of Potamogeton perfoliatus to different environments in Lake Balaton. Ocean and Hydro 40, 43 (2011). https://doi.org/10.2478/s13545-011-0028-1

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Key words

  • morphology
  • photosynthesis
  • Potamogeton perfoliatus
  • Lake Balaton
  • acclimation
  • light