Effect of temperature on carbohydrate metabolism in potato plants

S. Wolf*, A. Marani, J. Rudich

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The effect of temperature on partitioning of newly fixed 14C between the various carbohydrate fractions was studied in different plant organs of three potato varieties. Incorporation of 14C into starch in the tubers was reduced at high temperatures, but the amount of labelled sucrose increased. In all varieties the incorporation of 14C into the cell wall components in the apex of the plant and in the stem, as well as its incorporation into starch in the stem, was increased at high temperatures. The variety Norchip, which was found to be less sensitive to high temperature as indicated by carbon translocation to the tubers, was found to be less affected also in terms of 14C incorporation into starch in the tubers. We suggest that high temperature affects carbon metabolism in the various plant organs and the resulting changes are associated with the change in the partitioning of assimilates between these organs.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)619-625
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Experimental Botany
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1991

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We thank Mrs Tehila Bloch for technical assistance with carbohydrate analyses. This research was supported by Grant No. US-472-82 from BARD, The United States-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund.


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