Detection of photosynthetic activity under cadmium stress by measurement of the red and far-red chlorophyll fluorescence

Cherif J. ; Derbel N. ; Nakkach M. ; Mediouni C. ; von Bergmann H. ; Jemal F. ; Lakhdar Z.B. (2011)


In this work it is shown that, with a new spectroscopic method based on ultraviolet light emitting diode-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (UV-LED IFS), the photosynthetic activity of an intact attached leaf can be measured in a non-destructive way within a few seconds. The effects of cadmium (Cd) toxicity on the photosynthetic activity of tomato plants (Solanum lycopersicum) were studied using various CdCl2 (cadmium chloride) concentrations. The Cd treatment decreases the photosynthetic activity, measured via a decline of the variable chlorophyll (chl) fluorescence decrease ratio (RFd) values, calculated at 690 and 730nm. The chl fluorescence ratios of intensity (FIR) and band area were also calculated. It was found that the RFd(690) and RFd(730) values decreased whereas the FIR increased from 1 mMCd treatment and this behaviour is enhanced with the increasing of Cd concentrations. At 10 and 25 μMCd, the decrease in RFd values was associated with a strong decline in the chlorophyll-a {thorn} chlorophyll-b (chl-a {thorn} b). The chl-a {thorn} b decline could also be followed via an increase of the chl fluorescence ratio F690/F730. Our study demonstrates that the UV-LED IFS is a promising technique for early detection of Cd stress (from 1 μM) in tomato plants, before visual symptoms appear. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

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