Shade adaptation of the Hawaiian tree-fern (Cibotium glaucum (Sm.) H. & A.) Friend, D.J.C. 2013-04-05T22:10:08Z 2013-04-05T22:10:08Z 1974-06
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dc.description.abstract Shade 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.
dc.description.sponsorship 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.
dc.format.extent 39 pages
dc.identifier.citation Friend DJC. 1974. Shade adaptation of the Hawaiian tree-fern (Cibotium glaucum (Sm.) H. & A.). Honolulu (HI): Island Ecosystems IRP, U.S. International Biological Program. International Biological Program Technical Report, 41. 39 pages.
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher Island Ecosystems IRP, U.S. International Biological Program
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Biological Program Technical Report
dc.relation.ispartofseries 41
dc.rights CC0 1.0 Universal
dc.subject Cibotium glaucum
dc.subject tree ferns
dc.subject.lcsh Ferns -- Hawaii.
dc.subject.lcsh Plants -- Effect of shade on -- Hawaii.
dc.title Shade adaptation of the Hawaiian tree-fern (Cibotium glaucum (Sm.) H. & A.)
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