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Shade adaptation of the Hawaiian tree-fern (Cibotium glaucum (Sm.) H. & A.)

By D.J.C. Friend


Reports were scanned in black and white at a resolution of 600 dots per inch and were converted to text using Adobe Paper Capture Plug-inShade adaptation of both gametophytes and sporophytes of a Hawaiian tree-fern, (Cibotium glaucum (Sm.) H. & A.) was measured by growing plants under a range of light intensities and at 2 daylengths, at 20 or 25°C. Three ecophysiological parameters of shade adaptation and adjustment, initial slope of the photosynthesis curve in response to increasing light intensity (α), rate of light saturated photosynthesis (PN max), and rate of photosynthesis at the intensity given during growth (PN growth), were determined by infra•red gas analysis. Both sporophytes and gametophytes showed shade adaptation by a decline in α with increasing irradiation during growth and shade adjustment by a light saturation value for shade-grown plants that was well above the level of light at which the plants were grown. Sporophytes exhibited one feature of sun plants; PN max increased with increasing irradiation during growth. Morphological adaptations to low light intensity included a narrowing of the gametophyte, higher chlorophyll contents on a fresh weight basis of both gametophytes and sporophytes, and reduced thickness of sporophyte fronds. A greater total frond area of shade•grown sporophytes was brought about by a greater area of individual fronds and a longer retention time of fronds. Rates of frond production and expansion were little affected by light intensity.This work was supported by funds from the U. S. International Biological Program, Island Ecosystems IRP. The assistance of R. E. Becker in identifying specimens, maintaining cultures, growing and measuring plants and measuring rates of photosynthesis is gratefully acknowledged

Topics: Cibotium glaucum, tree ferns, Ferns -- Hawaii., Plants -- Effect of shade on -- Hawaii.
Publisher: Island Ecosystems IRP, U.S. International Biological Program
Year: 1974
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