Temperature effects on partitioning of 14C assimilates in tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.)

New Phytologist (Impact Factor: 7.67). 04/2006; 123(2):255 - 261. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.1993.tb03733.x


Fructan synthesis and carbon partitioning to roots of tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.) were studied with a 14C-labelling technique at three growth temperatures: 24/17 °C, 16/10 °C and 8/5 °C (day/night). Plants at 16/10 °C and 8/5 °C had an increased proportion of assimilates allocated to the root system; 10 d after exposure at 14CO2, the relative carbon partitioning to the roots averaged 12.5, 16.3 and 26.8 % respectively, at 24/17 °C, 16/10 °C and 8/5 °C. Chilling temperatures induced an increase in the amounts of sucrose and fructans in leaves. Interestingly, a similar pattern occurred in roots where low-DP fructans (DP < 8) are the predominant non-structural carbohydrate constituent. Incorporation of 14CO into root oligo- and polysaccharides showed a progressive movement of radioactivity from sucrose to fructans. These results show that the roots can serve as a carbon storage organ and that fructan synthesis depends on sucrose supply. The function of the fructan stored in the roots is unknown.

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