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Physiological Responses of Annual Bluegrass and Creeping Bentgrass to Contrasted Levels of O2 and CO2 at Low Temperatures


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  1. Vol. 49 No. 2, p. 671-689
    Received: Aug 15, 2008

    * Corresponding author(s): Yves.Castonguay@agr.gc.ca
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  1. Yves Castonguay *a,
  2. Guillaume Thibaultb,
  3. Philippe Rochettea,
  4. Annick Bertranda,
  5. Sophie Rocheforta and
  6. Julie Dionnec
  1. a Soils and Crops Research and Development Center, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 2560 Hochelaga Blvd., Québec, QC, Canada, G1V 2J3
    b Ministère du Développement Durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs, Édifice Marie-Guyart, 675, René-Lévesque Boulevard East, 6th Floor, Québec, QC, Canada, G1R 5V7
    c Royal Canadian Golf Association, 1333 Dorval Dr., Golf House, Suite 1, Oakville, Ontario, Canada, L6M 4X7. This research was supported by the Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation and, the Matching Investment Initiative Program of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


Ice encasement and impermeable winter protective covers can induce anaerobic conditions on golf greens. We assessed plant survival and biochemical changes of annual bluegrass (Poa annua L.) and creeping bentgrass [Agrostis stoloniferous L. var. palustris (Huds.)] exposed to combinations of O2 and CO2 concentrations at low temperatures (1°C or −2°C). Results indicate that lack of O2 (anoxia) rather than high CO2 is the source of plant damage. However, combination of low O2 and high CO2 induced more severe damage than low O2 alone. Annual bluegrass was found to be more sensitive to anoxia than creeping bentgrass, and subfreezing temperature delayed anoxia-induced damage. Sucrose was depleted more rapidly under low O2 than under normal conditions. Fructan reserves were similarly mobilized in all treatments except for a more pronounced decline in annual bluegrass maintained under high CO2 at 1°C. A marked accumulation of asparagine at 1°C under normal atmospheric conditions did not occur under anoxia. Reversely, concentrations of alanine and tyrosine increased under low O2 Proline accumulation in plants incubated at −2°C was higher under low than under high CO2 treatments. We observed a relationship between the presence of volatile fatty acids and plant damage under low O2 Our study illustrates the complex interaction between O2 and CO2 that have both synergistic and independent effect on plant damage under anoxia at low temperatures.

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