Teaching about photosynthesis with simple equipment: Analysis of light-induced changes in fluorescence and reflectance of plant leaves

  • Björn L
  • Li S
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Abstract

Solar energy absorbed by plants results in either reflection or absorption. The latter results in photosynthesis, fluorescence, or heat. Measurements of fluorescence changes have been used for monitoring processes associated with photosynthesis. A simple method to follow changes in leaf fluorescence and leaf reflectance associated with nonphotochemical quenching and light acclimation of leaves is described. The main equipment needed consists of a green-light emitting laser pointer, a digital camera, and a personal computer equipped with the camera acquisition software and the programs ImageJ and Excel. Otherwise, only commonly available cheap materials are required.

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  • Acclimation
  • Fluorescence
  • Reflectance
  • Spectrum
  • Teaching
  • Xanthophyll cycle

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Authors

  • Lars Olof Björn

  • Shaoshan Li

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