Heavy water and plants

Jonathan B. Marder jonathan.marder at newmail.net
Tue Sep 25 04:38:40 EST 2001


You are extending the lifetimes of reactive oxygen species (ROS) - they
deactivate much slower in D2O than H2O. You must therefore conpensate by
reducing the generation of ROS: Reduce the light intensity, or try and
reduce the partial pressure of oxygen (particularly during the day).


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Jonathan Marder
Email: jonathan.marder at newmail.net

"Carsten Richter" <carsten.richter at rz.hu-berlin.de> wrote in message
news:9omn1s$o1r$1 at lnews.rz.hu-berlin.de...
>  Hello,
>
>  we are trying to grow plants in 60% heavy water (D2O). Growth rate is very
>  low, the leaves are very yellow, partly necrotic.
>  Has anyone experience with plants in D2O? Is there a possibility to
enhance
>  the growth rate and the health of the plants?
>
>  Any suggestions or hints are welcome.
>
>  Carsten Richter
>  Humboldt-University Berlin
>


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