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Thermal Situation of Plant Reproductive Organs Affected by Gravity and Light Intensity

  • KITAYA Yoshiaki
    Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, 0saka Prefecture University
  • HIRAI Hiroaki
    Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, 0saka Prefecture University

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Abstract

Temperature increases in plant reproductive organs could cause fertility impediments and thus produce sterile seeds under artificial lighting conditions without adequately controlled environments in closed plant growth facilities. The thermal situation of the plant reproductive organs as affected by gravity levels of 0.01 and 1.0g for 20seconds each during parabolic airplane flights was determined under different light intensities in order to make an estimation of temperature increases in the reporoductive organs under microgravity in space. Thermal images of reproductive organs of rice, wheat and tomato were captured using infrared thermography. Temperatures of glumes of rice and wheat and anthers of tomato increased by 1.1, 0.7 and 0.4°C, respectively, over 20 seconds as gravity decreased from 1.0 to 0.01g at an irradiance of 150W-2. Restricted free air convection under microgravity conditions in space would cause the aberration of the reproductive growth of plants by retarding heat exchanges between the reproductive organs and the ambient air.

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  • CRID
    1390005506400573952
  • NII Article ID
    10020006546
  • NII Book ID
    AN10537663
  • DOI
    10.15011/jasma.24.4_325
  • NDL BIB ID
    9300872
  • ISSN
    09153616
  • Text Lang
    en
  • Data Source
    • JaLC
    • NDL
    • CiNii Articles
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