Photosynthetic traits of freshwater lichens are consistent with the submersion conditions of their habitat
Annales de Limnologie
OATAO is an open access repository that collects the work of Toulouse researchers and makes it freely available over the web where possible. This is an author-deposited version published in : http://oatao.univ-toulouse.fr/ Eprints ID : 15742 To link to this article : Abstract -In this study, we compared the photosynthetic performance of epilithic freshwater lichens on siliceous stream rock submerged for: more than 9 (hyper-), 6-9 (meso-) or 3-6 months (sub-hydrophilic lichens). In the dry
... neither variable fluorescence nor respiration activity could be detected. In the wet state, rates of dark respiration (O 2 uptake and CO 2 production for immerged and in-air samples) were in the lower range of that reported for non-aquatic lichens. With 200 (under water) or 500 mmol.m x2 .s x1 photosyntheticallly active photon flux density (PPFD) (aerial), photosynthesis was positive but rates were lower than that published for non-aquatic species. Under intense PPFD (2000 mmol.m x2 .s x1 , aerial), photosynthesis increased in sub-but became negative in hyper-hydrophilic species. After hydration, dry samples increased photosystem II (PSII) efficiency, which reached near steady state in < 6-7 min. Hyper-hydrophilic lichen took longer than sub-hydrophilic species. A long period of desiccation (4 months) had a negative effect on subsequent PSII photochemistry of hyper-but not of sub-hydrophilic hydrated lichens. When thalli were allowed to dehydrate, all types of lichens lost PSII activity after about 15-20 min. Deactivation was faster in the hyper-than in the sub-hydrophilic species. The metabolic traits presented here are thus consistent with the ecological amplitude of the freshwater lichens studied.