Journal Article

Diurnal regulation of NO<sup>−</sup><sub>3</sub> uptake in soybean plants IV. Dependence on current photosynthesis and sugar availability to the roots

Patricia Delhon, Alain Gojon, Pascal Tillard and Lucien Passama

in Journal of Experimental Botany

Published on behalf of Society for Experimental Biology

Volume 47, issue 7, pages 893-900
Published in print July 1996 | ISSN: 0022-0957
Published online July 1996 | e-ISSN: 1460-2431 | DOI:
Diurnal regulation of NO−3 uptake in soybean plants IV. Dependence on current photosynthesis and sugar availability to the roots

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The short-term dependence of NO3 uptake upon photosynthesis and sugar supply to the roots of soybean plants was investigated in a series of experiments where CO2 availability, light intensity or conduction of phloem sap to the roots were severely limited. Removal of CO2 from the atmosphere or girdling of the stem equally prevented the stimulation of NO3 uptake when plants were transferred from darkness to the light. The effect of these two treatments can be reversed by CO2 re-supply or by addition of 10 mM glucose in the nutrient solution, respectively. Glucose was also more effective in stimulating NO3 uptake by intact plants in darkness than in light. Collectively, these observations are interpreted as evidence that the diurnal changes in NO3 uptake are due to decreased phloem transport of photosynthates in darkness. Accordingly, the magnitude of these changes was much dependent on starch accumulation in the leaves at the end of the photo-period. Shading the plants lowered this accumulation, and resulted in an amplification of the diurnal changes in NO3 uptake. These results are discussed in connection with the hypothesis that the carbon-dependent plasticity of the night/day ratio of NO3 uptake is an important feature of the co-ordination of the acquisition of N and C by the plant.

Keywords: Glycine max; light/dark cycle; NO−3 uptake; C and N acquisition

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Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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