Russian Journal of Plant Physiology

, Volume 66, Issue 3, pp 365–374 | Cite as

Physiological Aspects of Photosynthesis–Respiration Interrelations

  • Z. F. RakhmankulovaEmail author


The review discusses up-to-date concepts of interrelations between photosynthesis and respiration. It considers the quantitative ratio of the processes in the leaf and that in the whole plant reported by Russian and other researches. Special attention is paid to performance of dark respiration in the light and to the methods of its exploration, which employ classical gas exchange, chlorophyll fluorescence, and carbon isotopes. Possible causes of conservatism and variability in the total respiration to gross photosynthesis ratio under stationary and stress conditions are also discussed along with prospects in further investigations.


higher plants carbon balance gross photosynthesis dark respiration mitochondrial respiration under light steady state stress 



This work was partially supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project no. 17-04-00853a.


The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest. This article does not contain any studies involving animals or human participants performed by any of the authors.


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  1. 1.Timiryazev Institute of Plant Physiology, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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