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dc.contributor.authorSharma, Vijay Kumar-
dc.contributor.authorBardal, Tom Kristian-
dc.contributor.authorJohnsson, Anders-
dc.identifier.citationZeitschrift Fur Naturforschung C-A Journal Of Biosciences 58(1-2), 81-86 (2003)en_US
dc.descriptionRestricted Accessen_US
dc.description.abstractThe movements of the lateral leaflets of the Indian telegraph plant Desmodium gyrans (L. F.) DC, have earlier been studied in detail with regards to the effects of chemicals, DC currents, and static magnetic fields. In the present paper we have discussed the oscillation of the lateral leaflets under the influence of white light of various light levels (0-75 mumol . m(-2).s(-1)), produced by an array of LEDs (light emitting diodes). LEDs were used in contrast to fluorescense tubes as in earlier studies in order to minimize changes of wavelength when light intensity was decreased or increased. Furthermore, care was taken to ensure that the temperature in the experimental chamber was constant. When the oscillations were first monitored in bright light, the oscillations were found to be very rapid and with decreasing light intensity the oscillations slowed down. For light levels lower than about 20 mumol . m(-2) . s(-1) the period of the oscillation of the lateral leaflets was almost constant (or even decreased slightly towards complete darkness). We also show that the oscillations could completely stop under prolonged darkness (for longer than about 6 h) and that such halted oscillations could be restarted in most of the leaflets when he light was turned back on. Such stopping of the oscillation of the lateral leaflets in prolonged darkness suggests that these short period oscillations of the lateral leaflets could have a daily component and in natural environment these oscillations could serve the purpose of optimising the amount of light falling on the leaflets or/and facilitating transpiration of water through stomata: Such a finding could have an implication for the answer to the long standing question of adaptive significance of short period oscillation of the Indian telegraph plant Desmodium gyrans (L. F.) DC.en_US
dc.publisherVerlag Z Naturforschen_US
dc.rights© 2003 Verlag Zeitschrift für Naturforschungen_US
dc.subjectultradian rhythmsen_US
dc.subjectCurrent Pulsesen_US
dc.subjectMotor Cellsen_US
dc.titleLight-Dependent Changes in the Leaflet Movement Rhythm of the Plant Desmodium gyransen_US
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