Publication
Title
A new method to evaluate the stress intensity of macrophytes
Author
Abstract
The physiological condition of aquatic plants, growth and survival rates, and colony formation are all affected by abiotic stresses in nature. However, in ecohydraulics, other factors than dynamic process often do not be considered in a flume experiment or field observation, as there is not any suitable method to identify other stressors effect quickly, except of a long term monitoring of growth rate of plants. Subject to environmental stresses, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), a major reactive oxygen, is generated in the plant cell, associated with the stress intensity, and damages the plant. In the laboratory and field observation, several submerged species were sampled, then H2O2 contents were measured together with the major stress intensities, such as temperature, flow velocity, and light intensity, both in light-exposed and dark-adapted conditions. Then, the leaf H2O2 concentration of the plant was analyzed. The amount of H2O2 increases with increasing each stress intensity, and when multiple stresses are loaded the total stress is given by the sum of contributions of each stress. When the H2O2 concentration exceeds a threshold value, the plant deteriorates and finally dies out in several days. With this indicator, the effect of different types of stresses can be compared among others, and the tolerance of the plant is evaluated in a short period of time. This process is available to understand the unpredictable effects in ecohydraulics experiments.
Language
English
Source (book)
40th IAHR World Congress, 21-25 August 2023, Vienna, Austria
Publication
2023
ISSN
2521-7119
DOI
10.3850/978-90-833476-1-5_IAHR40WC-P0576-CD
Volume/pages
p. 1-9
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
Full text (open access)
The author-created version that incorporates referee comments and is the accepted for publication version Available from 01.03.2024
Full text (publisher's version - intranet only)
UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Research group
Publication type
Subject
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Record
Identifier
Creation 01.12.2023
Last edited 05.12.2023
To cite this reference