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Journal of Plant Physiology

Liang Zheng, Marie-Christine Van Labeke
The effect of light quality on leaf morphology, photosynthetic efficiency and antioxidant capacity of leaves that fully developed under a specific spectrum was investigated in Chrysanthemum cv. Four light treatments were applied at 100μmolm(-2)s(-1) and a photoperiod of 14h using light-emitting diodes, which were 100% red (R), 100% blue (B), 75% red with 25% blue (RB) and white (W), respectively. Intraspecific variation was investigated by studying the response of eight cultivars. Overall, red light significantly decreased the leaf area while the thinnest leaves were observed for W...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Kamel Hessini, Herbert J Kronzucker, Chedly Abdelly, Cristina Cruz
The C4 grass Spartina alterniflora is known for its unique salt tolerance and strong preference for ammonium (NH4(+)) as a nitrogen (N) source. We here examined whether Spartina's unique preference for NH4(+) results in improved performance under drought stress. Manipulative greenhouse experiments were carried out to measure the effects of variable water availability and inorganic N sources on plant performance (growth, photosynthesis, antioxidant, and N metabolism). Drought strongly reduced leaf number and area, plant fresh and dry weight, and photosynthetic activity on all N sources, but the reduction was most pronounced on NH4(+)...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Daoura Goudia Bachir, Iqbal Saeed, Quanhao Song, Tay Zar Linn, Liang Chen, Yin-Gang Hu
Wheat is a C3 plant with relatively low photosynthetic efficiency and is a potential target for C4 photosynthetic pathway engineering. Here we reported the characterization of four key C4 pathway genes and assessed their expression patterns and enzymatic activities at three growth stages in flag leaves of 59 bread wheat genotypes. The C4-like genes homologous to PEPC, NADP-ME, MDH, and PPDK in maize were identified in the A, B, and D sub-genomes of bread wheat, located on the long arms of chromosomes 3 and 5 (TaPEPC), short arms of chromosomes 1 and 3 (TaNADP-ME), long arms of chromosomes 1 and 7 (TaMDH), and long arms of chromosome 1 (TaPPDK), respectively...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Wei-Kai Chen, Ke-Ji Yu, Bin Liu, Yi-Bin Lan, Run-Ze Sun, Qiang Li, Fei He, Qiu-Hong Pan, Chang-Qing Duan, Jun Wang
The downstream flux of carotenoid metabolism in grape berries includes the biosynthesis of norisoprenoids, a group of important aroma compounds, and the production of ABA, a well-known plant hormone. This study focused on the transcriptional profiling comparison of genes participating in the biosynthesis of carotenoids, norisoprenoids, and ABA in Vitis vinifera 'Cabernet Sauvignon' grapes at pea size, veraison, and ripening stages. The grapes were obtained from Changli (CL, eastern China) and Gaotai (GT, western China) regions and analyzed using RNA-sequencing technology...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Elena Corredoira, Vanesa Cano, Ivett Bárány, María-Teresa Solís, Héctor Rodríguez, Ana-María Vieitez, María C Risueño, Pilar S Testillano
Somatic embryogenesis is considered a convenient tool for investigating the regulating mechanisms of embryo formation; it is also a feasible system for in vitro regeneration procedures, with many advantages in woody species. Nevertheless, trees have shown recalcitrance to somatic embryogenesis, and its efficiency remains very low in many cases. Consequently, despite the clear potential of somatic embryogenesis in tree breeding programs, its application is limited since factors responsible for embryogenesis initiation have not yet been completely elucidated...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Fabrizio Araniti, Monica Scognamiglio, Angela Chambery, Rosita Russo, Assunta Esposito, Brigida D'Abrosca, Antonio Fiorentino, Antonio Lupini, Francesco Sunseri, Maria Rosa Abenavoli
In this study, the effects of the allelochemical coumarin through a metabolomic, proteomic and morpho-physiological approach in Arabidopsis adult plants (25days old) were investigated. Metabolomic analysis evidenced an increment of amino acids and a high accumulation of soluble sugars, after 6days of coumarin treatment. This effect was accompanied by a strong decrease on plant fresh and dry weights, as well as on total protein content. On the contrary, coumarin did not affect leaf number but caused a reduction in leaf area...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Hisashi Kato-Noguchi, Keisuke Nakamura, Osamu Ohno, Kiyotake Suenaga, Nobuyuki Okuda
Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis L.) is a perennial vegetable, but its crop productivity and quality decrease gradually. One possible reason for "asparagus decline" is thought to be the autotoxicity of asparagus. However, the autotoxic property of asparagus rhizomes remains unknown. The objective of this study was to determine the potential role of rhizomes in the autotoxicity of asparagus. An aqueous methanol extract of asparagus rhizomes inhibited the growth of asparagus seedlings and six other test plants in a concentration-dependent manners: garden cress (Lepidum sativum L...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
F Mignolli, L Mariotti, P Picciarelli, M L Vidoz
The aerial roots (aer) mutant of tomato is characterized by a profuse and precocious formation of adventitious root primordia along the stem. We demonstrated that auxin is involved in the aer phenotype but ruled out higher auxin sensitivity of mutant plants. Interestingly, polar auxin transport was altered in aer, as young seedlings showed a reduced response to an auxin transport inhibitor and higher expression of auxin export carriers SlPIN1 and SlPIN3. An abrupt reduction in transcripts of auxin efflux and influx genes in older aer hypocotyls caused a marked deceleration of auxin transport in more mature tissues...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Zhuo Shen, Xiu-Mei Dong, Zhi-Fang Gao, Qing Chao, Bai-Chen Wang
In C4 plants, phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK) plays a key role in the C4 cycle. PEPCK is also involved in gluconeogenesis and is conserved in both lower and higher organisms, including in animals and plants. A phylogenic tree constructed from PEPCK sequences from bacteria to higher plants indicates that the C4 Poaceae PEPCKs are conserved and have diverged from the PEPCKs of C3 plants. The maximum enzymatic activities of wild-type and phosphorylation mimic PEPCK proteins indicate that there is a significant difference between C3 and C4 plant PEPCKs...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Yuan Li, Feng Jin, Qing Chao, Bai-Chen Wang
Wood is the most important natural source of energy and also provides fuel and fiber. Considering the significant role of wood, it is critical to understand how wood is formed. Integration of knowledge about wood development at the cellular and molecular levels will allow more comprehensive understanding of this complex process. In the present study, we used a comparative proteomic approach to investigate the differences in protein profiles between primary and secondary growth in young poplar stems using tandem mass tag (TMT)-labeling...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Li Sun, Dongwei Di, Guangjie Li, Herbert J Kronzucker, Weiming Shi
Ammonium (NH4(+)) is the predominant nitrogen (N) source in many natural and agricultural ecosystems, including flooded rice fields. While rice is known as an NH4(+)-tolerant species, it nevertheless suffers NH4(+) toxicity at elevated soil concentrations. NH4(+) excess rapidly leads to the disturbance of various physiological processes that ultimately inhibit shoot and root growth. However, the global transcriptomic response to NH4(+) stress in rice has not been examined. In this study, we mapped the spatio-temporal specificity of gene expression profiles in rice under excess NH4(+) and the changes in gene expression in root and shoot at various time points by RNA-Seq (Quantification) using Illumina HiSeqTM 2000...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Geoffrey Onaga, Kerstin Wydra, Birger Koopmann, Dmytro Chebotarov, Yakouba Séré, Andreas Von Tiedemann
The global temperatures are predicted to rise due to climate change. However, knowledge on the mechanisms underlying the effect of high temperature (HT) on plant pathogen interaction is limited. We investigated the effect of elevated temperature on host phenotypic, biochemical and gene expression patterns in the rice-Magnaporthe oryzae (Mo) pathosystem using two genetic backgrounds, Co39 (Oryzae sativa-indica) and LTH (O. sativa-japonica) with (CO and LT) and without (Co39 and LTH) R gene (Pi54). After exposure to 28°C and 35°C the two genetic backgrounds showed contrasting responses to Mo...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
De-You Ye, Yong-Hong Qi, Su-Fang Cao, Bing-Qiang Wei, Hua-Sheng Zhang
Root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) cause serious threat to cucumber production. Cucumis metuliferus, a relative of cucumber, is reported to be resistant to Meloidogyne incognita, yet the underlying resistance mechanism remains unclear. In this study, the response of resistant C. metuliferus accession PI482443 following nematode infection was studied in comparison with susceptible C. sativus cv. Jinlv No.3. Roots of selected Cucumis seedings were analysed using histological and biochemical techniques. Transcriptome changes of the resistance reaction were investigated by RNA-seq...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Diana Alberto, Ivan Couée, Cécile Sulmon, Gwenola Gouesbet
Herbicides are pollutants of great concern due to environmental ubiquity resulting from extensive use in modern agriculture and persistence in soil and water. Studies at various spatial scales have also highlighted frequent occurrences of major herbicide breakdown products in the environment. Analysis of plant behavior toward such molecules and their metabolites under conditions of transient or persistent soil pollution is important for toxicity evaluation in the context of environmental risk assessment. In order to understand the mechanisms underlying the action of such environmental contaminants, the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, which has been shown to be highly responsive to pesticides and other xenobiotics, was confronted with varying levels of the widely-used herbicide atrazine and of two of its metabolites, desethylatrazine and hydroxyatrazine, which are both frequently detected in water streams of agriculturally-intensive areas...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Cibelle Gomes Gadelha, Rafael de Souza Miranda, Nara Lídia M Alencar, José Hélio Costa, José Tarquinio Prisco, Enéas Gomes-Filho
Jatropha curcas is an oilseed species that is considered an excellent alternative energy source for fossil-based fuels for growing in arid and semiarid regions, where salinity is becoming a stringent problem to crop production. Our working hypothesis was that nitric oxide (NO) priming enhances salt tolerance of J. curcas during early seedling development. Under NaCl stress, seedlings arising from NO-treated seeds showed lower accumulation of Na(+) and Cl(-) than those salinized seedlings only, which was consistent with a better growth for all analyzed time points...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Tatiana A Serova, Igor A Tikhonovich, Viktor E Tsyganov
A delay in the senescence of symbiotic nodules could prolong active nitrogen fixation, resulting in improved crop yield and a reduced need for chemical fertilizers. The molecular genetic mechanisms underlying nodule senescence have not been extensively studied with a view to breeding varieties with delayed nodule senescence. In such studies, plant mutants with the phenotype of premature degradation of symbiotic structures are useful models to elucidate the genetic basis of nodule senescence. Using a dataset from transcriptome analysis of Medicago truncatula Gaertn...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
William T Hay, Saadia Bihmidine, Nedim Mutlu, Khang Le Hoang, Tala Awada, Donald P Weeks, Tom E Clemente, Stephen P Long
Soybean C3 photosynthesis can suffer a severe loss in efficiency due to photorespiration and the lack of a carbon concentrating mechanism (CCM) such as those present in other plant species or cyanobacteria. Transgenic soybean (Glycine max cv. Thorne) plants constitutively expressing cyanobacterial ictB (inorganic carbon transporter B) gene were generated using Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. Although more recent data suggest that ictB does not actively transport HCO3-/CO2, there is nevertheless mounting evidence that transformation with this gene can increase higher plant photosynthesis...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Ellen Polinski, Oliver Schueler, Lars Krause, Monika A Wimmer, Ruth Hemmersbach, Heiner E Goldbach
Future long-term spaceflight missions rely on bioregenerative life support systems (BLSS) in order to provide the required resources for crew survival. Higher plants provide an essential part since they supply food and oxygen and recycle carbon dioxide. There are indications that under space conditions plants might be inefficient regarding the uptake, transport and distribution of nutrients, which in turn affects growth and metabolism. Therefore, Arabidopsis thaliana (Col-0) seeds were germinated and grown for five days under fast clinorotation (2-D clinostat, 60rpm) in order to simulate microgravity...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Yonglan Tian, Petra Ungerer, Huayong Zhang, Alexander V Ruban
The impact of chronic photoinhibition of photosystem II (PSII) on the productivity of plants remains unknown. The present study investigated the influences of persistent decline in the PSII yield on morphology and productivity of Arabidopsis plants that were exposed to lincomycin at two different developmental stages (seedling and rosette stage). The results indicated that, although retarded, the lincomycin treated plants were able to accomplish the entire growth period with only 50% of the maximum quantum yield of primary photochemistry (Fv/Fm) of the control plants...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Volodymyr S Fedenko, Sergiy A Shemet, Marco Landi
Although anthocyanin (ACN) biosynthesis is one of the best studied pathways of secondary metabolism in plants, the possible physiological and ecological role(s) of these pigments continue to intrigue scientists. Like other dihydroxy B-ring substituted flavonoids, ACNs have an ability to bind metal and metalloid ions, a property that has been exploited for a variety of purposes. For example, the metal binding ability may be used to stabilize ACNs from plant food sources, or to modify their colors for using them as food colorants...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
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