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Variation in growth, photosynthesis and water-soluble polysaccharide of Cyclocarya paliurus under different light regimes

Wanxia Yang (1-2), Yang Liu (1), Shengzuo Fang (1-2)   , Haifeng Ding (1), Mingming Zhou (1), Xulan Shang (1-2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 468-474 (2017)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2185-010
Published: Apr 04, 2017 - Copyright © 2017 SISEF

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As a highly valued and multiple function tree species, Cyclocarya paliurus is planted and managed for timber production and medical use. Responses of growth, photosynthesis and phytochemical accumulation to light environment are useful informations to determine suitable habitat conditions for the cultivation of C. paliurus. A split-plot design with five light quality and three light intensity levels was adopted to compare the variations in plant growth, photosynthesis and water-soluble polysaccharide yield in C. paliurus leaves. Both light intensity and quality treatments significantly affected total biomass, photosynthetic rate and water-soluble polysaccharide yield in C. paliurus leaves. Treatments under red light and blue light with 1000 μmol m-2 s-1 achieved the highest values of biomass growth, photosynthetic rate, specific dry leaf mass per area and accumulation of water-soluble polysaccharide. These results indicate that red light and blue light with higher light intensity level were effective for increasing plant growth, photosynthesis and production of water-soluble polysaccharide in C. paliurus leaves. Manipulating light conditions might be an effective means to improve biomass and achieve higher water-soluble polysaccharide yield in C. paliurus plantations.


Cyclocarya paliurus, Environmental Factor, Biomass Production, Phytochemicals, Photosynthesis

Authors’ address

Wanxia Yang
Yang Liu
Shengzuo Fang
Haifeng Ding
Mingming Zhou
Xulan Shang
College of Forestry, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037 (P. R. China)
Wanxia Yang
Shengzuo Fang
Xulan Shang
Co-Innovation Center for Sustainable Forestry in Southern China, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037 (P. R. China)

Corresponding author

Shengzuo Fang


Yang W, Liu Y, Fang S, Ding H, Zhou M, Shang X (2017). Variation in growth, photosynthesis and water-soluble polysaccharide of Cyclocarya paliurus under different light regimes. iForest 10: 468-474. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2185-010

Academic Editor

Gianfranco Minotta

Paper history

Received: Aug 02, 2016
Accepted: Jan 19, 2017

First online: Apr 04, 2017
Publication Date: Apr 30, 2017
Publication Time: 2.50 months

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