Ecophysiological protocol for screening of chilling tolerance in ornamental plants to support a more energy-conscious greenhouse heating

01 October 2007 → 30 September 2010
Regional and community funding: IWT/VLAIO
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • General biology
    • Plant biology
  • Engineering and technology
    • Power electronics
    • Energy generation, conversion and storage engineering
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural plant production
    • Horticultural production
turgor pressure plant biochemistry DIF chilling stress chilling tolerance temperature integration chlorophyll fluorescense horticulture plant physiology membrane permeability
Project description

The project aims to develop an ecophysiological protocol for screening of chilling tolerance, so that a significant greenhouse energy saving is realised. Measurements of chlorophyll fluorescene, membrane integrity, proline and turgidity are indicative for chilling stress. Their discriminating performance will be determined through sensitivity analysis and forms the basis of the hierarchical protocol.