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      Effects of Warming and N Deposition on the Physiological Performances of Leymus secalinus in Alpine Meadow of Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau


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          Warming and Nitrogen (N) deposition are key global changes that may affect eco-physiological process of territorial plants. In this paper, we examined the effects of warming, N deposition, and their combination effect on the physiological performances of Leymus secalinus. Four treatments were established in an alpine meadow of Qinghai-Tibetan plateau: control (CK), warming (W), N deposition (N), and warming plus N deposition (NW). Warming significantly decreased the photosynthetic rate ( A net ), stomatal conductance ( g s ), intercellular CO 2 concentration ( C i ), and transpiration rate ( T r ), while N deposition and warming plus N deposition significantly increased those parameters of L. secalinus. Warming significantly increased the VPD and L s , while N deposition and warming plus N deposition had a significant positive effect. Warming negatively reduced the leaf N content, Chla, Chlb, and total Chl content, while N deposition significantly promoted these traits. Warming, N deposition, and their combination significantly increased the activity of SOD, POD, and CAT. Besides, warming and warming plus N deposition significantly increased the MDA content, while N deposition significantly decreased the MDA content. N deposition and warming plus N deposition significantly increased the Rubisco activity, while warming showed no significant effect on Rubisco activity. N deposition and warming plus N deposition significantly increased the Fv/ Fm, ΦPSII, qP, and decreased NPQ, while warming significantly decreased the Fv/ Fm, ΦPSII, qP, and increased NPQ. N deposition strengthened the relations between g s , Chl, Chla, Chlb, Rubisco activity, and A net . Under warming, only g s showed a significantly positive relation with A net . Our findings suggested that warming could impair the photosynthetic potential of L. secalinus enhanced by N deposition. Additionally, the combination of warming and N deposition still tend to lead positive effects on L. secalinus.

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                Front Plant Sci
                Front Plant Sci
                Front. Plant Sci.
                Frontiers in Plant Science
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                21 February 2020
                : 10
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                [1] 1 School of Environment, State Key Joint Laboratory of Environmental Simulation and Pollution Control, Beijing Normal University , Beijing, China
                [2] 2 School of Life and Geographic Sciences, Qinghai Normal University , Xining, China
                [3] 3 Qinghai Academy of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Qinghai University , Xining, China
                [4] 4 Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology, Key Laboratory of Restoration Ecology of Cold Are in Qinghai Province, Chinese Academy of Science , Xining, China
                [5] 5 Research Department, Earth University , San José, Costa Rica
                Author notes

                Edited by: Boris Rewald, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria

                Reviewed by: Minhui He, Northwest A&F University, China; Gang Fu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

                *Correspondence: Shikui Dong, dsk03037@ 123456bnu.edu.cn

                This article was submitted to Functional Plant Ecology, a section of the journal Frontiers in Plant Science

                Copyright © 2020 Shen, Dong, Li, Wang, Xiao, Yang, Zhang, Gao, Xu, Zhi, Liu, Dong, Zhou and Yeomans

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

                : 18 September 2019
                : 24 December 2019
                Page count
                Figures: 8, Tables: 1, Equations: 1, References: 74, Pages: 13, Words: 5397
                Funded by: State Key Joint Laboratory of Environmental Simulation and Pollution Control 10.13039/501100011282
                Plant Science
                Original Research

                Plant science & Botany
                qinghai-tibetan plateau,stomatal conductance,antioxidant enzymes,photosynthesis,leymus secalinus


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