Stores as Substrate Sources of Respiration: Effects of Nitrogen Stress and Day Length

  • C. A. Lehmeier
  • F. A. Lattanzi
  • H. SchnyderEmail author
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 220)


Dark respiration is a major drain for carbon substrates in plants. Until recently, little was known about the quantitative importance and functional characteristics of stores as substrate suppliers for plant respiration under stresses. Here we review recent work with Lolium perenne L., a perennial grass, subject to nitrogen stress or regular (diurnal) interruptions of photosynthetic activity. This work responds to the following questions: What is the actual contribution of stores (relative to current photosynthate) to the substrate supply of whole plant respiration? What is the size and what are the kinetic properties of the stores which supply substrate for respiration? How do these characteristics respond to nitrogen stress and day/night cycles? The investigations were performed with continuous 13C labelling of plants, monitoring the kinetics of 13C-tracer appearance in respiratory CO2 and compartmental modelling of the tracer data.


Fractional Contribution Respiratory Substrate Nitrogen Stress Specific Respiration Rate Fructan Content 
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  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für GrünlandlehreTechnische Universität MünchenFreisingGermany

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