Infrared light-emitting diode radiation causes gravitropic and morphological effects in dark-grown oat seedlings

Academic Article


  • Oat (Avena sativa cv Seger) seedlings were irradiated with IR light-emitting diode (LED) radiation passed through a visible-light-blocking filter. Infrared LED irradiated seedlings exhibited differences in growth and gravitropic response when compared to seedlings grown in darkness at the same temperature. Thus, the oat seedlings in this study were able to detect IR LED radiation. These findings call into question the use of IR LED as a safe-light for some photosensitive plant response experiments. These findings also expand the defined range of wavelengths involved in radiation-gravity (light-gravity) interactions to include wavelengths in the IR region of the spectrum.
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    Author List

  • Johnson CF; Brown CS; Wheeler RM; Sager JC; Chapman DK; Deitzer GF
  • Start Page

  • 238
  • End Page

  • 242
  • Volume

  • 63
  • Issue

  • 2