Gas Exchange and Photosynthesis

  • Pia ParolinEmail author
  • Danielle Waldhoff
  • Maria T. F. Piedade
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 210)


Gas exchange and photosynthetic activity give insight into the energy balance of plants. These parameters, as well as transpiration, stomatal conductance, intercellular CO2 concentrations, leaf chlorophyll and nitrogen contents, are especially interesting because they can be measured directly on the living organs and thus make statements possible about the physiological condition of a trees in different hydric conditions. Photosynthetic assimilations measured under natural conditions in Amazonian floodplains lie in the same range as those of other tropical woody plants. Responses to waterlogging show decreases: overall means of physiological parameters are higher in the non-flooded period in most analysed species, but many trees also perform the highest absolute values of CO2 assimilation in the aquatic phase. Like in other wetland species, flooding in many Amazonian floodplain species enhances stomatal conductance, leaf water potential and net photosynthesis, especially under conditions leading to high air-vapour pressure deficits. The tree species developed a high diversity of adaptive strategies, with tight regulation of water and carbon relations under severe soil-oxygen deficiencies. This may allow them to cope with flooding and even drought problems and permit high photosynthetic activities during most of the year, and thus gives these species the dominance over natural competitors which may be more efficient under non-flooded conditions but are unable to compete when inundated.


Stomatal Conductance Leaf Chlorophyll Content Leaf Nitrogen Content Photosynthetic Assimilation High Photosynthetic Activity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pia Parolin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Danielle Waldhoff
    • 2
  • Maria T. F. Piedade
    • 3
  1. 1.Flottbek Systematik der PflanzenUniversity of Hamburg, Biozentrum KleinHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Institute for LimnologyPlönGermany
  3. 3.Wetlands Ecology and Adaptations of Plants to FloodingNational Institute of Amazon Research (INPA)ManausBrazil

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