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Alleviation of nickel toxicity in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seedlings by selenium supplementation

Ewa Gajewska
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  • Department of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Ł ódź, Banacha 12/16, 90-237 Łódź, Poland
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Published Online: 2014-03-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/biolet-2013-0008

Abstract

Hydroponically grown wheat seedlings were treated with 50 μM N i and/or 15 μM Se. After a 7-day culture period, their growth parameters, N i, Se, F e, and M g contents, electrolyte leakage, photosynthetic pigment concentrations, and photochemical activity of photosystem II were determined. Exposure of wheat seedlings to N i alone resulted in reduction in the total shoot and root lengths, by 22% and 50%, respectively. Addition of Se to the N i-containing medium significantly improved the growth of these organs, compared to the seedlings subjected to N i alone. Application of Se decreased the accumulation of N i in shoots and roots and partially alleviated the N i-induced decrease in F e and M g concentations in shoots. Electrolyte leakage increased in response to N i stress, but in shoots it was diminished by Se supplementation. Exposure to N i led to a decrease in chlorophyll a and b contents and enhancement of chlorophyll a/b ratio, but did not influence the concentration of carotenoids. Enrichment of the N i-containing medium with Se significantly increased chlorophyll b content, compared to the seedlings treated with N i alone. Photochemical activity, estimated in terms of the maximum quantum yield of photosystem II , decreased in response to N i treatment but was significantly improved by simultaneous addition of Se. Results of our study suggest that alleviation of N i toxicity in wheat seedlings by Se supplementation may be related to limitation of N i uptake.

Keywords: chlorophyll; electrolyte leakage; nickel stress; photochemical activity; selenium

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Citation Information: Biological Letters, ISSN (Online) 1734-7467, ISSN (Print) 1644-7700, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/biolet-2013-0008.

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