Absorptance determinations on multicellular tissues

Román Manuel Vásquez-Elizondo, Lyz Legaria-Moreno, Miguel Ángel Pérez-Castro, Wiebke E. Krämer, Tim Scheufen, Roberto Iglesias-Prieto, Susana Enríquez

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Abstract

The analysis of the variation of the capacity and efficiency of photosynthetic tissues to collect solar energy is fundamental to understand the differences among species in their ability to transform this energy into organic molecules. This analysis may also help to understand natural changes in species distribution and/or abundance, and differences in species ability to colonize contrasting light environments or respond to environmental changes. Unfortunately, the challenge that optical determinations on highly dispersive samples represent has strongly limited the progression of this analysis on multicellular tissues, limiting our knowledge of the role that optical properties of photosynthetic tissues may play in the optimization of photosynthesis and growth of benthonic primary producers. The aim of this study is to stimulate the use of optical tools in marine eco-physiology, offering a succinct description of the more convenient tools and also solutions to resolve the more common technical difficulties that arise while performing optical determinations on highly dispersive samples. Our study focuses on two-dimensional (2D-) parameters: absorptance, transmittance, and reflectance, and illustrates with correct and incorrect examples, specific problems and their respective solutions. We also offer a general view of the broad variation in light absorption shown by photosynthetic structures of marine primary producers, and its low association with pigment content. The ecological and evolutionary functional implications of this variability deserve to be investigated across different taxa, populations, and marine environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-324
Number of pages14
JournalPhotosynthesis research
Volume132
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

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interspecific variation
Solar Energy
solar energy
Photosynthesis
ecophysiology
transmittance
optical properties
Physiology
Pigments
marine environment
Solar energy
Light absorption
reflectance
biogeography
Optical properties
pigments
Association reactions
photosynthesis
Light

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  • Biochemistry
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology

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Vásquez-Elizondo, R. M., Legaria-Moreno, L., Pérez-Castro, M. Á., Krämer, W. E., Scheufen, T., Iglesias-Prieto, R., & Enríquez, S. (2017). Absorptance determinations on multicellular tissues. Photosynthesis research, 132(3), 311-324. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11120-017-0395-6
Vásquez-Elizondo, Román Manuel ; Legaria-Moreno, Lyz ; Pérez-Castro, Miguel Ángel ; Krämer, Wiebke E. ; Scheufen, Tim ; Iglesias-Prieto, Roberto ; Enríquez, Susana. / Absorptance determinations on multicellular tissues. In: Photosynthesis research. 2017 ; Vol. 132, No. 3. pp. 311-324.
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Vásquez-Elizondo RM, Legaria-Moreno L, Pérez-Castro MÁ, Krämer WE, Scheufen T, Iglesias-Prieto R et al. Absorptance determinations on multicellular tissues. Photosynthesis research. 2017 Jun 1;132(3):311-324. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11120-017-0395-6