, Volume 56, Issue 4, pp 1113–1122 | Cite as

Effect of light quality on leaf photosynthetic characteristics and fruit quality of peach (Prunus persica L. Batch)

  • B.-B. Zhang
  • J.-L. Xu
  • M. Zhou
  • D.-H. Yan
  • R.-J. Ma
Original paper


Different light filters affect leaf photosynthetic features and fruit quality. Consequently, selecting the appropriate covering filter for rain-shelter cultivation of peaches is a key part of successful production. We used a late-maturing peach variety ‘Xiahui 8’ to study differences in leaf photosynthetic features, chlorophyll fluorescence characteristics, and fruit quality under neutral, red, yellow, green, and blue filter, with natural light as control. The results showed that the leaf photosynthetic ability and internal quality under the neutral filter treatment were elevated compared with the control, and the appearance color was the same as the control. Leaves under neutral filter could maintain higher photosynthetic ability than other filter treatments. In addition, the fruits could also keep higher quality when treated with neutral filter. Therefore, the application of neutral filter in rain-shelter cultivation of ‘Xinhui 8’ peaches is recommended for maintaining high photosynthetic capacity and for improving fruit quality.

Additional key words

appearance internal quality irradiance spectrum 



red saturation




yellow saturation


color chroma




intercellular CO2 concentration


carbon-use efficiency


days after full bloom




electron transport rate


minimal fluorescence level in dark-adapted leaves


minimal fluorescence level in light-adapted leaves


maximal fluorescence level in dark-adapted leaves


fresh matter


maximal fluorescence level in light-adapted leaves


steady-state fluorescence in the light-adapted state


variable fluorescence level in dark-adapted leaves


maximum quantum yield of PSII


stomatal conductance


hue angle


high performance liquid chromatography




apparent light-use efficiency


light-saturation point


nonphotochemical quenching


net photosynthetic rate


photochemical quenching coefficient


red to far-red ratio


soluble solid content


water-use efficiency


effective quantum yield of PSII photochemistry


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B.-B. Zhang
    • 1
  • J.-L. Xu
    • 1
  • M. Zhou
    • 1
  • D.-H. Yan
    • 2
  • R.-J. Ma
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of PomologyJiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences/Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Horticultural Crop Genetic ImprovementNanjing, JiangsuChina
  2. 2.Fenghuang Agricultural Science and Technology CompanySuzhou, JiangsuChina

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