Photosynthetic costs and benefits of abaxial versus adaxial anthocyanins in Colocasia esculenta ‘Mojito’

@article{Hughes2014PhotosyntheticCA,
  title={Photosynthetic costs and benefits of abaxial versus adaxial anthocyanins in Colocasia esculenta ‘Mojito’},
  author={Nicole M. Hughes and Kaylyn L. Carpenter and Timothy S. Keidel and Charlene N. Miller and Matthew Neal Waters and William K. Smith},
  journal={Planta},
  year={2014},
  volume={240},
  pages={971-981}
}
AbstractMain conclusionAnthocyanins in upper (adaxial) leaf tissues provide greater photoprotection than in lower (abaxial) tissues, but also predispose tissues to increased shade acclimation and, consequently, reduced photosynthetic capacity. Abaxial anthocyanins may be a compromise between these costs/benefits. Plants adapted to shaded understory environments often exhibit red/purple anthocyanin pigmentation in lower (abaxial) leaf surfaces, but rarely in upper (adaxial) surfaces. The…