Leaf gas exchange and isoprene emission in poplar in response to long-term experimental night-time warming and summer drought in a forest-steppe ecosystem

Climate change projections forecast an average warming in mean temperature and an associated change in the distribution and intensity of rainfalls. At the manipulation experiment in Kiskunság, Hungary, we aimed to study the effect of the soil drought and night-time warming conditions projected for the coming decades on leaf gas exchange, including photosynthetic rates and isoprene emission rates and on isoprene synthase expression levels of Populus alba sprouts (root suckers). During the years 2010 and 2011, warming treatment increased the air temperature 0.35 °C on average whereas drought treatment reduced the soil moisture by 13% on average in relation to control plots. The results highlighted important seasonal differences. Photosynthesis was limited by stomatal closure in summer and also isoprene emission and isoprene synthase expression levels were lower in summer than in autumn for all treatments. As a consequence, a negative relationship was found between temperature, ranging from 25 °C to 35 °C, and isoprene emission throughout all the study period and treatments. Results also showed significant treatments effects on isoprene parameters but only in July 2011. Isoprene emission decreased with drought, and isoprene synthase expression levels decreased with night-time warming. A positive relationship was found between isoprene emission and leaf internal carbon in drought treated poplar plants, which contrasted with our findings for control and warming treated plants. These results indicated either a change in the regulation of pyruvate distribution between isoprene synthesis and respiration under drought or a utilization of alternative carbon sources for isoprene emission. © 2018 Elsevier B.V.

Nogues I.1 , Medori M.1 , Fortunati A.1 , Lellei-Kovács E.2 , Kröel-Dulay G.2 , Calfapietra C. 3, 4, 5
Elsevier B.V.
  • 1 National Research Council, Institute of Agro-Environmental and Forest Biology (IBAF-CNR), Via Salaria Km. 29 300-00015 Monterotondo Scalo, Rome, Italy
  • 2 Institute of Ecology and Botany, MTA Centre for Ecological Research, Hungary, 2-4, Alkotmány u., Vácrátót, H-2163, Hungary
  • 3 National Research Council, Institute of Agro-Environmental and Forest Biology (IBAF-CNR), Via Marconi 2- 05010 Porano, Terni, Italy
  • 4 Global Change Research Institute, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 5 Peoples Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University), Miklukho-Maklaya Street, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation
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Biogenic volatile organic compounds; Climate change; Isoprene synthase gene expression; Photosynthesis; Temperature
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