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The below mentioned article provides a study-note on photoperiodism. Photoperiodism: The plants in order to flower require a certain day length i.e., the relative.
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Did you know that scientists use the concept of photoperiodism to classify plants and to identify their location? As mentioned earlier, photoperiodism exists in animals too. Depending on the length of the day, animals also show behavioural and biological changes. Day length affects their fur colour, migration, hibernation and also sexual behaviour.
Photoperiodism in Plants
Long-day plants generally flower during the summer months when nights are short and days go longer. Examples of long-day plants are carnations and oats.
On the other hand, short-day plants flower during seasons that have longer periods of night. They require a continuous amount of darkness before flower development can begin. Some examples of short-day plants are cotton, soybeans, and rice. However, some plants referred to as day-neutral plants do not flower based on a particular photoperiod.
Manipulating a plant into a flowering stage can provide several benefits, particularly to commercial growers. For example, plants can be forced to flower by exposing or restricting its access to light. Plants can then be manipulated to produce fruit or seeds outside of their usual season. Definition - What does Photoperiodism mean? Some of the examples of these plants are certain varieties of wheat Triticum and rye Secale. Plants may require one or more inductive cycles for flowering. Flowering will also occur if a plant receives inductive cycles after intervals of un-favourable photoperiods i.
An increase in the number of inductive cycles results in early flowering of the plant. For instance Xanthium a short day plant requires only one inductive cycle and normally flowers after about 64 days. It can be made to flower even after 13 days if it has received inductive cycles. In such cases the number of flowers is also increased.
It is now well established that the photoperiodic stimulus is perceived by the leaves. As a result, a floral hormone is produced in the leaves which is then trans located to the apical tip, subsequently causing the initiation of floral primordia. Cocklebur plant will flower if it has previously been kept under short-day conditions Fig. If the plant is defoliated and then kept under short day condition, it will not flower Fig.
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Flowering will also occur even if all the leaves of the plant except one leaf have been removed Fig. If a cocklebur plant whether intact of defoliated, is kept under long day conditions it will not flower Fig. But, if even one of its leaves is exposed to short day condition and the rest are under long day photoperiods, flowering will occur Fig.
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The photoperiodic stimulus can be transmitted from one branch of the plant to another branch. For example, if in a two branched cocklebur plant one branch is exposed to short day and other to long day photo period, flowering occurs on both the branches Fig.
Flowering also occurs if one branch is kept under long day conditions and other branch from which all the leaves except one have been removed is exposed to short day condition Fig. Although there are firm evidences for the existence of a floral hormone but it has not yet been isolated. Therefore, the nature of this hormone which has been named as florigen is not very clear.
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But it is quite evident that this hormone is a material substance which can be trans located from leaves to the apical tips situated at other parts of the plant resulting in flowering. This macromolecule may possibly be a RNA or protein molecule which is trans located from the leaf to the apical tips or meristems via phloem in photo-induced plants Corbesier and Coupland, Grafting experiments in cocklebur plants have even proved that the floral hormone can be trans located from one plant to another.
For example, if one branched cocklebur plant Fig. It has also been indicated that the floral hormone may be identical in short-day and long- day plants.
For example, grafting experiments between certain long-day plants and short-day plants have shown that flowering occurs on both the plants even if one of them has been kept under non-inductive photoperiods. Similarly, the prolongation of the critical light period or the interruption of the dark period stimulates flowering in long-day plants. This inhibition of flowering in short-day plants and the stimulation of flowering in long-day plants involves the operation of a proteinaceous pigment called as phytochrome.