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Network Connectance Analysis as a Tool to Understand Homeostasis of Plants under Environmental Changes
AbstractThe homeostasis of plants under environmental constraints may be maintained by alterations in the organization of their physiological networks. The ability to control a network depends on the strength of the connections between network elements, which is called network connectance. Herein, we intend to provide more evidence on the existence of a modulation pattern of photosynthetic networks, in response to adverse environmental conditions. Two species (Glycine max-C3 metabolism, and Brachiaria brizantha-C4 metabolism) were submitted to two environmental constraints (water availability, and high and low temperatures), and from the physiological parameters measured, the global connectance (Cgtotal) and the modules connectance (gas exchange-Cgge and photochemical-Cgpho) were analyzed. Both types of environmental constraints impaired the photosynthetic capacity and the growth of the plants, indicating loss of their homeostasis, but in different ways. The results showed that in general the Cgtotal of both species increased with temperature increment and water deficit, indicating a higher modulation of photosynthetic networks. However, the Cg variation in both species did not influence the total dry biomass that was reduced by environmental adversities. This outcome is probably associated with a loss of system homeostasis. The connectance network analyses indicated a possible lack of correspondence between the photosynthetic networks modulation patterns and the homeostasis loss. However, this kind of analysis can be a powerful tool to access the degree of stability of a biological system, as well as to allow greater understanding of the dynamics underlying the photosynthetic processes that maintain the identity of the systems under environmental adversities.
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Bertolli, S.C.; Vítolo, H.F.; Souza, G.M. Network Connectance Analysis as a Tool to Understand Homeostasis of Plants under Environmental Changes. Plants 2013, 2, 473-488.View more citation formats
Bertolli SC, Vítolo HF, Souza GM. Network Connectance Analysis as a Tool to Understand Homeostasis of Plants under Environmental Changes. Plants. 2013; 2(3):473-488.Chicago/Turabian Style
Bertolli, Suzana C.; Vítolo, Hilton F.; Souza, Gustavo M. 2013. "Network Connectance Analysis as a Tool to Understand Homeostasis of Plants under Environmental Changes." Plants 2, no. 3: 473-488.