Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2018, Vol. 53 ›› Issue (4): 509-518.doi: 10.11983/CBB17115

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Chloroplast Ultrastructure and Chlorophyll Fluorescence Characteristics of Three Cultivars of Pseudosasa japonica

Chen Keyi, Li Zhaona, Cheng Minmin, Zhao Yanghui, Zhou Mingbing, Yang Haiyun*()   

  1. State Key Laboratory of Subtropical Silviculture Zhejiang Provincial Collaborative, Innovation Center for Bamboo Resources and High-Efficiency Utilization, Zhejiang A & F University, Lin’an 311300, China
  • Received:2017-06-10 Accepted:2017-10-07 Online:2018-09-11 Published:2018-07-01
  • Contact: Yang Haiyun
  • About author:† These authors contributed equally to this paper


We explored the different photosynthetic characteristics of three Pseudosasa cultivars: P. japonica, P. japonica f. akebonosuji, and P. japonica f. akebono. The differences in photosystem activity and photosynthetic characteristics of different leaf colors were revealed by the changes of chloroplast ultrastructure and fluorescence kinetics curves. The results showed that the photosynthetic pigment content of the three species was significantly different. Except for the intact thylakoid layer structure in the white part of the chloroplast, the green streak and the radix were significantly less than the radix. The chloroplast developmental maturity is inconsistent; the OJIP curve and parameters indicate that the open reduction of the flowering green leaf and the saplings of the PSII reaction center is lower than that of the yam, the capture energy that is used for the electron transfer share to be smaller, and the PSII activity is weaker; The redox balance of the electron transport chain of bamboo leaves P700 to QA is biased towards the reducing side, and it is presumed that the P700 reaction center P700 to PSII primary electron acceptor QA electron transport chain is damaged. Therefore, the chloroplast development caused by changes in PSII activity in the photosystem is immature, which may be the direct cause of the difference in leaf color of the species.

Key words: leaf coloration, Pseudosasa japonica f. akebonosuji, photosynthetic pigments, chloroplast ultrastructure, chlorophyll fluorescence

Table 1

Photosynthetic pigments content and relative ratio of different cultivars of Pseudosasa japonica leaves (means±SE)"

Photosynthetic pigments GL SA SG VL
Chla (mg·g-1 FW) 27.19±1.17 a 0.34±0.17 c 25.39±2.41 a 17.09±0.52 b
Chlb (mg·g-1 FW) 8.66±0.33 a 0.16±0.07 c 8.27±0.69 a 5.70±0.17 b
Car (mg·g-1 FW) 4.89±0.28 a 0.32±0.08 c 5.52±0.55 a 4.07±0.13 b
Chla/b 3.14±0.02 a 1.99±0.09 b 3.07±0.03 a 3.00±0.00 a
Chla+b (mg·g-1 FW) 35.86±1.51 a 0.51±0.25 c 33.66±3.11 a 22.79±0.70 b

Figure 1

Three kinds of Pseudosasa japonica leavesSA+SG: Albino and green sector in leaf of P. japonica f. akebonosuji with strips; VL: Virescent leaf of P. japonica f. akebono. GL: Green leaf of P. japonica"

Figure 2

Plate chloroplast ultrastructure of three cultivars of Pseudosasa japonica leaves(A) Mesophyll cells in white zones of zebra leaf of P. japonica f. akebonosuji; (B) Mesophyll cells in green zones of P. japonica f. akebonosuji; (C) Mesophyll cells in the leaf of P. japonica f. akebono; (D) Mesophyll cells in the leaf of P. japonica. G: Granum; Os: Osmiophile globule; S: Starch grain; Th: Thylakoid membranes"

Figure 3

Relative variable fluorescence (Vt) with the time change of different cultivars of Pseudosasa japonica leavesSG, VL and GL see Table 1."

Figure 4

Activity parameters for unit reaction center of different cultivars of Pseudosasa japonica leavesVL, GL and SG see Table 1. ABS/RC: The amount of light absorbed by the unit reaction center; TRo/RC: The large amount of PSII; ETo/RC: The energy of the unit reaction center for electron transfer; DIo/RC: The heat dissipation of the unit reaction center; ABS/CSo: Absorption flux per unit area; TRo/CSo: Trapped energy flux per unit area; ETo/CSo: Electron transport flux per unit area; DIo/CSo: Dissipated energy flux perunit area; RC/CSo: Number of active reaction centers per unit area"

Table 2

Analysis of fluorescence parameters of different cultivars of Pseudosasa japonica leaves"

F0 0.40±0.01 b 0.44±0.03 a 0.39±0.04 ab
Fm 1.64±0.13 a 1.35±0.16 a 1.29±0.17 a
Fv/Fm 0.75±0.02 a 0.67±0.02 b 0.63±0.01 b
Fv/F0 3.11±0.36 a 2.01±0.19 b 2.26±0.14 b
Y(II) 0.38±0.04 b 0.27±0.03 a 0.31±0.04 a
NPQ 1.27±0.12 b 1.71±0.21 a 1.47±0.18 ab
qP 0.77±0.05 a 0.77±0.03 a 0.79±0.04 a
ETR 23.00±2.94 a 16.22±1.64 a 19.00±2.83 a

Figure 5

The change of fluorescence transients under different intensity and time of three cultivars of Pseudosasa japonica leaves under far-red light treatments(A1), (A2) The change of fluorescence transients (A1) and steady-state fluorescence (A2) of green sector in leaf with strips of P. japonica f. akebonosuji under different intensity and time of far-red light treatments; (B1), (B2) The change of fluorescence transients (B1) and steady-state fluorescence (B2) of the virescent leaves of P. japonica f. akebono under different intensity and time of far-red light treatments; (C1), (C2) The change of fluorescence transients (C1) and steady-state fluorescence (C2) of the green leaves of P. japonica under different intensity and time of far-red light treatments. SG, VL and GL see Table 1; Ft: Real-time fluorescence curve."

Figure 6

The change of steady-state fluorescence of 10-10 (intensity-time) of three cultivars of Pseudosasa japonica leaves under far-red light treatmentsSG, VL and GL see Table 1; Ft see Figure 5."

Figure 7

The change of F0′ (minimum fluorescence under the light) of three cultivars of Pseudosasa japonica leaves under different intensity of far-red light treatmentsSG, VL and GL see Table 1; Ft see Figure 5; FR: The intensity of far red light."

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