Accumulation of phenolics and growth of dioecious Populus tremula (L.) seedlings over three growing seasons under elevated temperature and UVB radiation.

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Accumulation of secondary metabolites may exhibit developmentally regulated variation in different plant organs. Moreover, prevailing environmental conditions may interact with development-related variations in plant traits. In this study, we examined developmentally regulated variation in phenolic accumulation in the twigs of dioecious Populus tremula (L.) and how the effects of elevated temperature and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation on growth and phenolics accumulation varied as the plants get older. In an open-field experiment, six female and six male genotypes were exposed to single and combined elevated temperature and UVB radiation treatments for three consecutive growing seasons. The concentrations of low molecular weight phenolics and condensed tannins did not show age-dependent variation in the twigs. In temperature-treated plants, diameter growth rate decreased, and concentration of condensed tannins increased as plants aged; there were no cumulative effects of elevated UVB radiation on growth and phenolic accumulation. Females maintained a higher concentration of low molecular weight phenolics throughout the experimental period; however, growth and phenolic concentration did not vary over time in females and males. Our results suggest that phenolic accumulation in perennial plants may not necessarily always exhibit age-dependent variation and the effects of elevated temperature on growth and phenolic may diminish as plants get older.

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Cited Authors

  • Sobuj, N; Nissinen, K; Virjamo, V; Salonen, A; Sivadasan, U; Randriamanana, T; Ikonen, V-P; Kilpeläinen, A; Julkunen-Tiitto, R; Nybakken, L; Mehtätalo, L; Peltola, H

Published Date

  • August 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 165 /

Start / End Page

  • 114 - 122

PubMed ID

  • 34034157

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-2690

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0981-9428

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.plaphy.2021.05.012


  • eng