Journal Article

Morphology and oxidative physiology of boron-deficient mulberry plants

Rajesh Kumar Tewari, Praveen Kumar and Parma Nand Sharma

in Tree Physiology

Volume 30, issue 1, pages 68-77
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 0829-318X
Published online November 2009 | e-ISSN: 1758-4469 | DOI:
Morphology and oxidative physiology of boron-deficient mulberry plants

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The aim of the study was to induce B deficiency symptoms and to relate the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and altered cellular redox environment with the effects of B deficiency in mulberry (Morus alba L.) cv. Kanva-2 plants. Study was undertaken on antioxidant responses, malondialdehyde (MDA) content as an indicator of oxidative damage and ratio of dehydroascorbate (DHA) to ascorbic acid (AsA) as an index of cellular redox environment in B-deficient (0.0 μM) and B-supraoptimal (33 μM) mulberry plants. B deficiency symptoms appeared as upward cupping of the young emerging leaves. Later on, B-deficient plants developed lenticels like cracks on major vein, petiole and stem. B-deficient leaves had higher water potential (Ψ) and relative water content (RWC), contained a lower concentration of B, less chloroplastic pigments and high tissue Fe, Mn and Zn concentrations compared to the controls. Hydrogen peroxide was accumulated in leaves of B-deficient and B-supraoptimal plants. B-supraoptimal plants also showed an increased DHA/AsA ratio. The activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD, EC, catalase (CAT, EC, peroxidase (POD, EC and ascorbate peroxidase (APX, EC were increased in B-deficient leaves. The activities of SOD and POD were decreased in B-supraoptimal plants. The results suggest that B deficiency aggravates oxidative stress through enhanced generation of ROS in mulberry plants.

Keywords: antioxidants; B deficiency; Morus alba; oxidative stress; reactive oxygen; superoxide dismutase

Journal Article.  6761 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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