Net photosynthesis and chlorophyll content in silver maple after trunk injection of ferrous sulfate Academic Article uri icon


  • Chlorotic silver maple (Acer saccharinum L.) trees growing in a high pH soil were pressure injected with 1800 ml of a 1.0% (w:w) solution of ferrous sulfate. Net photosynthesis (Pn) of treated branches increased to at least eight times that of the control within two weeks after injection. Chlorophyll in treated branches also increased rapidly for the first two weeks after injection, and leveled off between 2.0-2.5 mg g-1fresh weight. Net photosynthesis for leaves in the shade was greater in treated than in control branches. Stomatal diffusive resistance was greater in the control than in Fe-treated branches for both shade and full sun leaves. Foliar Fe concentration increased dramatically two days after injection, then decreased gradually to levels near the control as the season progressed. Injection of ferrous sulfate solution seems to activate and maintain chlorophyll biosynthesis for at least two growing seasons even though there does not seem to be a relationship between total Fe and chlorophyll. 1986, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Plant Nutrition

author list (cited authors)

  • Hurley, A. K., Valser, R. H., & Davis, T. D.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Hurley, AK||Valser, RH||Davis, TD

publication date

  • January 1986