2015, DOI: 10.1111/pce.12562
Improved method for measuring the apparent CO 2 photocompensation point resolves the impact of multiple internal conductances to CO 2 to net gas exchange: Compensation point
Berkley J. Walker and Donald R. Ort
There is growing interest in accurate and comparable measurements of the CO2 photocompensation point (Γ*), a vital parameter to model leaf photosynthesis. The Γ* is measured as the common intercept of several CO2 response curves, but this method may incorrectly estimate Γ(*) by using linear fits to extrapolate curvilinear responses and single conductances to convert intercellular photocompensation points (Ci (*) ) to chloroplastic Γ(*) . To determine the magnitude and minimize the impact of these artifacts on Γ(*) determinations we used a combination of meta-analysis, modeling, and original measurements to develop a framework to accurately determine Ci (*) . Our modeling indicated that the impact of using linear fits could be minimized based on the measurement CO2 range. We also propose a novel method of analyzing common intercept measurements using slope-intercept regression. Our modeling indicated that slope-intercept regression is a robust analytical tool that can help determine if a measurement is biased due to multiple internal conductances to CO2 . Application of slope-intercept regression to Nicotiana tabacum and Glycine max revealed that multiple conductances likely have little impact to Ci (*) measurements in these species. These findings present a robust and easy to apply protocol to help resolve key questions concerning CO2 conductance through leaves. This article is protected by copyright.