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An Irreversible Red-Light-Induced Growth Response in Avena

G. Blauuw-Jansen, O. H. Blaauw, G. Blaauw-Jansen and W. J. van Leeuwen
Planta
82. Bd., 1. H. (1968), pp. 87-104
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23367050
Page Count: 18
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An Irreversible Red-Light-Induced Growth Response in Avena
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Abstract

The inhibition of the growth rate of the first internode of Avena by red light occurs in three steps. The first step reduces elongation by ca. 15%. It is produced and saturated by 10-3 to 10-1 μW sec cm-2 at λ = 660 nm and is irreversible by far-red irradiation. All wavelengths between 400 and 800 nm produce and saturate this step. The second step, produced by red light quantities between ca. 10 and 104 μW sec cm-2 reduces elongation to ca. 50% of the maximal; it is not produced by far-red light but far-red reverses completely this component of the effect of red light. The third step inhibits mesocotyl elongation to ca. 95% of the maximal. The effect of red light in this step depends on the duration of irradiation rather than on the total quantity of energy, and is not reversed by far-red irradiation. The three inhibition steps in the elongation of the mesocotyl are matched by three growth-promotion steps in the growth of the coleoptile, but the extent of the far-red-irreversible first step outweighs in this case by far the extent of the far-red-reversible second step.

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