The phenotypic plasticity of Glyceria fluitans growing over the water/land gradient

Authors

  • Nina Kržič Department of Biology, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
  • Alenka Gaberščik Department of Biology, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
  • Mateja Germ National Institute of Biology, Ljubljana, Slovenia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14720/abs.47.2.16875

Keywords:

Glyceria fluitans, land/water gradient, amphibious character

Abstract

The amphibious species Glyceria fluitans successfully thrives in an intermittent ecosystem Lake Cerknica, where floods alternate with dry periods. The species grows over the environmental gradient from open water to dry land. The plant's phenotypic plasticity was studied analysing anatomical, morphological, biochemical and physiological characteristics in specimens from different loca­ tions. Floating leaves were thicker, having abundant aerenchyma, lower chloro­ phyll a+b contents and higher chlorophyll alb ratio. The relative amounts of total UV-B and UV-A screening compounds per leaf area were high and similar in all forms that indicated possibly saturated amounts. The measurement of fluorescence parameters revealed no disturbance in energy harvesting since the values of poten­ tial and effective photochemical efficiencies, photochemical and non-photochemi­ cal quenching were similar over the gradient.

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Kržič, N., Gaberščik, A., & Germ, M. (2004). The phenotypic plasticity of Glyceria fluitans growing over the water/land gradient. Acta Biologica Slovenica, 47(2), 65-73. https://doi.org/10.14720/abs.47.2.16875

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