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Influence of aluminium and cadmium stresses on mineral nutrition and root exudates in two barley cultivars


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Guo, T, Zhang, GP, Zhou, M, Wu, F and Chen, JX 2007 , 'Influence of aluminium and cadmium stresses on mineral nutrition and root exudates in two barley cultivars' , Pedosphere, vol. 17, no. 4 , pp. 505-512 .

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A hydroponic experiment was carried out to study the effect of aluminum (Al) and cadmium (Cd) on Al and mineral nutrient contents in plants and Al-induced organic acid exudation in two barley varieties with different Al tolerance. Al-sensitive cv. Shang 70-119 had significantly higher Al content and accumulation in plants than Al-tolerant cv. Gebeina, especially in roots, when subjected to low pH (4.0) and Al treatments (100 μmol L-1 Al and 100 μmol L-1 Al +1.0 μmol L-1 Cd). Cd addition increased Al content in plants exposed to Al stress. Both low pH and Al treatments caused marked reduction in Ca and Mg contents in all plant parts, P and K contents in the shoots and leaves, Fe, Zn and Mo contents in the leaves, Zn and B contents in the shoots, and Mn contents both in the roots and leaves. Moreover, changes in nutrient concentrations were greater in the plants exposed to both Al and Cd than in those exposed only to Al treatment. A dramatic enhancement of malate, citrate, and succinate was found in the plants exposed to 100 μmol L-1 Al relative to the control, and the Al-tolerant cultivar had a considerable higher exudation of these organic acids than the Al-sensitive one, indicating that Al-induced enhancement of these organic acids is very likely to be associated with Al tolerance.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Guo, T and Zhang, GP and Zhou, M and Wu, F and Chen, JX
Keywords: aluminum, barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), cadmium, nutrient content, organic acids
Journal or Publication Title: Pedosphere
Publisher: Kexue Chubanshe
ISSN: 1002-0160
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