Moscow University Biological Sciences Bulletin

, Volume 73, Issue 4, pp 203–208 | Cite as

Effect of Fungal Infection with Bipolaris sorokiniana on Photosynthetic Light Reactions in Wheat Analyzed by Fluorescence Spectroscopy

  • D. N. MatorinEmail author
  • N. P. Timofeev
  • A. P. Glinushkin
  • L. B. Bratkovskaja
  • B. K. Zayadan


Common root rot is a widespread cereal disease caused by a plant pathogenic fungus Bipolaris sorokiniana. The influence of fungal infection on photosynthetic light reactions in soft wheat has been studied by a simultaneous registration of fast and delayed chlorophyll fluorescence induction curves as well as the redox state of a P700 pigment. In the case of infected plants, the reduction of a quantum yield of electron transport in the photosystem II (ϕE0) and performance index on absorption basis (PIABS), as well as the increase of energy dissipation per a reaction center (DI0/RC) and ΔpH-dependent nonphotochemical fluorescence quenching (qE), has been observed. A reduction of the induction peak of delayed chlorophyll fluorescence at 10–50 ms has been revealed. Reactions of the photosystem I show a greater resistance to fungal infection as compared with photosystem II. Parameters of chlorophyll a fluorescence induction may be used for the early diagnostics of pathogen-induced changes in the physiological state of plants.


Triticum aestivum L. Bipolaris sorokiniana Shoemaker photosystem I and II chlorophyll fluorescence photosynthesis M-PEA-2 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. N. Matorin
    • 1
    Email author
  • N. P. Timofeev
    • 2
  • A. P. Glinushkin
    • 3
  • L. B. Bratkovskaja
    • 2
  • B. K. Zayadan
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Biophysics, Faculty of BiologyMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Department of Hydrobiology, Faculty of BiologyMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  3. 3.All-Russia Research Institute of PhytopathologyBolshie VyazemyRussia
  4. 4.Al-Farabi Kazakh State UniversityAlmatyRepublic of Kazakhstan

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