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Modeling carbon export out of mature peach leaves


The characteristics of sorbitol and sucrose export out of mature leaves in seedlings of peach (Prunus persica L. Batsch cv CF 305) were investigated by simulating carbon fluxes through the leaf. Three treatments were employed: a control treatment and two treatments modifying leaf export, the latter using either shading or girdling. Photosynthesis and 14C partitioning into sorbitol and sucrose were measured during carbohydrate pool buildup at the beginning of the photoperiod, and the export rate of sorbitol and sucrose was modeled using a PSPICE (Simulation Program with lntegrated Circuit Emphasis) simulator. The simulation allowed predidion of the resulting sorbitol and sucrose contents, which were compared to experimental carbohydrate contents. The apparent Km, for sorbitol and sucrose phloem loading, estimated by carbon flux modeling, was 6.6 and 4 mol m(-3), respedively. The predided export capacity of the leaf, charaderized by the estimated Vmax, values for phloem loading of sorbitol and sucrose, was similar to the photosynthetic carbon flux measured under the leaf growth conditions. This export capacity was enhanced in plants in which all leaves except those studied were shaded. The mature leaf had a higher storage capacity for sorbitol than for sucrose in control plants, especially in the girdled treatment. Sucrose content appears to be tightly regulated.



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hal-02700829 , version 1 (01-06-2020)


  • HAL Id : hal-02700829 , version 1
  • PRODINRA : 75156
  • WOS : A1994PM92100022


Annick Moing, Abraham A. Escobar Gutierrez, Jean-Pierre J.-P. Gaudillere. Modeling carbon export out of mature peach leaves. Plant Physiology, 1994, 106 (2), pp.591-600. ⟨hal-02700829⟩


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