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Silicon modifies root anatomy, and uptake and subcellular distribution of cadmium in young maize plants
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Botany.
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2012 (English)In: Annals of Botany, ISSN 0305-7364, E-ISSN 1095-8290, Vol. 110, no 2, 433-443 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Silicon (Si) has been shown to ameliorate the negative influence of cadmium (Cd) on plant growth and development. However, the mechanism of this phenomenon is not fully understood. Here we describe the effect of Si on growth, and uptake and subcellular distribution of Cd in maize plants in relation to the development of root tissues. Young maize plants (Zea mays) were cultivated for 10 d hydroponically with 5 or 50 m Cd and/or 5 mm Si. Growth parameters and the concentrations of Cd and Si were determined in root and shoot by atomic absorption spectrometry or inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy. The development of apoplasmic barriers (Casparian bands and suberin lamellae) and vascular tissues in roots were analysed, and the influence of Si on apoplasmic and symplasmic distribution of Cd-109 applied at 34 nm was investigated between root and shoot. Si stimulated the growth of young maize plants exposed to Cd and influenced the development of Casparian bands and suberin lamellae as well as vascular tissues in root. Si did not affect the distribution of apoplasmic and symplasmic Cd in maize roots, but considerably decreased symplasmic and increased apoplasmic concentration of Cd in maize shoots. Differences in Cd uptake of roots and shoots are probably related to the development of apoplasmic barriers and maturation of vascular tissues in roots. Alleviation of Cd toxicity by Si might be attributed to enhanced binding of Cd to the apoplasmic fraction in maize shoots.

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2012. Vol. 110, no 2, 433-443 p.
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Cadmium toxicity, Casparian band, environmental stress, maize (Zea mays L, ), root anatomy, silicon, subcellular Cd distribution, suberin lamella, xylem lignification
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-80420DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcs039ISI: 000306407800020OAI: diva2:556206


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