Plants response to light stress



by LORENZO CIOTTI

Plants response to light stress

"Plants require solar energy to grow through oxygenic photosynthesis; however, when light intensity exceeds the optimal range for photosynthesis, it causes abiotic stress and physiological damage in plants. In response to high light stress, plants initiate a series of signal transduction from chloroplasts to whole cells and from locally stressed tissues to the rest of the plant body.

These signals trigger a variety of physiological and biochemical reactions intended to mitigate the deleterious effects of high light intensity, such as photodamage and photoinhibition. Light stress protection mechanisms include chloroplastic Reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenging, chloroplast and stomatal movement, and anthocyanin production.

Photosynthetic apparatuses, being the direct targets of photodamage, have also developed various acclimation processes such as thermal energy dissipation through nonphotochemical quenching (NPQ), photorepair of Photosystem II (PSII), and transcriptional regulation of photosynthetic proteins.

Fluctuating light is another mild but persistent type of light stress in nature, which unfortunately has been poorly investigated. Current studies, however, suggest that state transitions and cyclic electron transport are the main adaptive mechanisms for mediating fluctuating light stress in plants.

Here, we review the current breadth of knowledge regarding physiological and biochemical responses to both high light stress and fluctuating light stress." This is what was explained in the study Plants response to light stress, published in the Journal of genetics and genomics = Yi chuan xue bao.

Abiotic stress factors such as: drought, salinity, frost and excessive heat inevitably cause damage to agricultural crops, with repercussions on the quantity and quality of production. Stress factors involve more or less serious physiological changes depending on the intensity of the stress undergone and the tolerance mechanisms that the plant possesses and are all attributable to a common effect, namely the dehydration of plant cells.

Among the various defense mechanisms that the plant possesses, there is the endogenous production of osmotically active metabolites (GlycineBetaine, Proline, etc.) to counteract the loss of water from the cell. However, this production is not free for the plant, which will have to use energy reserves to the detriment of flowers and fruits.