Advances in Ecological Research, Vol. 18 by M. Begon, A.H. Fitter, E.D. Ford, A. Macfadyen (Eds.)

By M. Begon, A.H. Fitter, E.D. Ford, A. Macfadyen (Eds.)

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Photosynthesis was barely above the light compensation point under diffuse illumination, emphasizing the extreme importance of sunflecks for daily carbon gain in this species (Lawrence, 1984). , 1985; Table 6 ) . Fluxes of diffuse and direct radiation in this forest were an order of magnitude greater than those SUNFLECKS AND UNDERSTOREY PLANTS 23 in the Hawaiian forest studied by Pearcy (1983) and Pearcy and Calkin (1983). During the day, CO, assimilation closely tracked variation in PFD. Weber et al.

1985). Under these conditions, decreased stomatal conductances in this species may impose a strong limitation on carbon gain during sunflecks. 3. Photoinhibition During sunflecks, PFD may suddenly increase 200-fold over diffuse light levels. If light intensities during sunflecks exceed light saturation for long periods, photoinhibition may occur. Shade-grown plants are highly susceptible to photoinhibition because they have low light-saturated photosynthetic capacities (Boardman, 1977; Bjorkman, 1981).

1987a) also showed that in low-light grown Alocasia, carbon gain and photosynthetic efficiency during lightflecks were greatly affected by leaf induction state, lightfleck length, and lightfleck PFD. Net carbon gain during lightflecks at saturating PFD (530pmol m-* s-’) increased with the steady-state PFD applied before the lightfleck sequence (Fig. 5(a)). Increases in lightfleck PFD from 25 to 120 pmol m-* s- also led to higher carbon gain during lightflecks presented following induction (Fig.

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