Biologia Plantarum

, Volume 60, Issue 2, pp 355–366 | Cite as

Anatomical, physiological, and biochemical traits involved in the UV-B radiation response in highbush blueberry

  • M. Reyes-Díaz
  • C. Meriño-Gergichevich
  • C. Inostroza-Blancheteau
  • M. Latsague
  • P. Acevedo
  • M. Alberdi
Original papers


The effects of a long-term simulated spring-summer UV-B daily course on some anatomical, physiological, and biochemical features were studied in new and old leaves of blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.) cultivars Legacy, Brigitta, and Bluegold. The results show that under UV-B exposure, leaf thickness increased in Bluegold due to an increased intercellular cavities. By contrast, Brigitta maintained its leaf thickness. The net photosynthetic rate was not significantly affected by the UV-B radiation in any of the cultivars; however, Brigitta presented a better photosystem II performance, since this cultivar had more efficient photochemistry under the UV-B radiation. In addition, Brigitta also maintained enhanced total phenol and total anthocyanin content compared to the other cultivars. In conclusion, Brigitta was more resistant to the UV-B radiation than the other two cultivars.

Additional key words

antioxidants carotenoids chlorophyll content chlorophyll fluorescence net photosynthetic rate Vaccinium corymbosum 



effective quantum yield of photosystem II








variable to maximum fluorescence ratio


non-photochemical quenching


photosynthetically active radiation


net photosynthetic rate




reactive oxygen species


radical scavenging activity


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Reyes-Díaz
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. Meriño-Gergichevich
    • 2
  • C. Inostroza-Blancheteau
    • 3
  • M. Latsague
    • 4
  • P. Acevedo
    • 5
    • 6
  • M. Alberdi
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Ciencias Químicas y Recursos Naturales, Facultad de Ingeniería y CienciasUniversidad de La FronteraTemucoChile
  2. 2.Centro Interacción Planta-Suelo y Biotecnología de Recursos Naturales, Núcleo Científico y Tecnológico de los BiorecursosUniversidad de La FronteraTemucoChile
  3. 3.Núcleo de Investigación en Producción Alimentaria, Facultad de Recursos Naturales, Escuela de AgronomíaUniversidad Católica de TemucoTemucoChile
  4. 4.Escuela de Ciencias Ambientales, Facultad de Recursos NaturalesUniversidad Católica de TemucoTemucoChile
  5. 5.Departamento de Ciencias Físicas, Facultad de Ingeniería y CienciasUniversidad de La FronteraTemucoChile
  6. 6.Centro de Optica y FotónicaUniversidad de ConcepciónCasilla, ConcepciónChile

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