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Photoperiodism

in Plants

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Photoperiodism

This is the response of a plant to the relative lengths of daylight and darkness.

It is based on a system that monitors the day/night cycle.

The photoreceptor involved in this is a blue-green pigment called

phytochrome

.

Phytochrome

has 2 forms, one active and one inactive.

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Phytochrome

The inactive form is P

r

, the active form is P

fr

.

When phytochrome absorbs light it readily converts from the inactive, (P

r

)form to the active form (P

fr

.)

Thus there is more P

fr

during daylight.

In the dark P

fr

spontaneously reverts back to P

r

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Phytochrome

The plant measures the hours of darkness by the amount of

phytochrome

in each form.

Phytochrome

system

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Flowering

The onset of flowering varies depending on whether the plant is a “Short-day” or “long-day” plant.

Flowering involves a response to the length of night.

The length of night varies with latitude and with the seasons.

When the period of darkness extends to a certain length, the plant “knows” that the right season has arrived.

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Short-Day Plants

These flower when the photoperiod is less than a certain

critical day length

. i.e. they flower with a short day and a long night.

E.g. a short-day plant species with a critical day length of 10

hrs

will flower only if the dark period exceeds 14 hrs.

In temperate climates these flower in winter, early spring or autumn.

E.g. Poinsettias and chrysanthemums.

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Short-Day Plants

In the tropics most plants are short-day plants.

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Long-Day Plants

These flower when the photoperiod exceeds the critical day length. i.e. they require a long day and a short night.In temperate climates, these plants flower in summer. E.g. petuniasThese measure the shortening nights and flower when these become brief enough.

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Day-Neutral Plants

These are not sensitive to photoperiod.

E.g. dandelions, garden peas, tomatoes.

In these plants flowering is controlled internally.

Many plants living in deserts are day-neutral. These habitats tend to experience short, irregular periods of heavy rain, so plants must grow and flower as quickly as possible.

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Vernalisation

Many seeds such as rye and wheat, require a period of cold before they will germinate.

This is called

Vernalisation

.

Application of gibberellins in appropriate concentrations can overcome this special requirement.

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Dormancy

Many seeds enter a period of dormancy or metabolic inactivity after they have formed.

As the seed enters dormancy, it dries out until its water content may be only about 5% of its total weight.

The length of dormancy varies with different species, but serves to ensure the seed only germinates when conditions are ideal.

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Abscission

This is leaf fall.

It may be seasonal or may follow accidental wind damage, animal browsing, or drought

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