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Type: Journal article
Title: Accumulation of free proline at low temperatures
Author: Chu, T.
Jusaitis, M.
Aspinall, D.
Paleg, L.
Citation: Physiologia Plantarum, 1978; 43(3):254-260
Publisher: Munksgaard
Issue Date: 1978
ISSN: 0031-9317
1399-3054
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T. M. Chu, M. Jusaitis, D. Aspinall and L.G. Paleg
Abstract: The accumulation of free proline in the first leaves of barley, Hordeum distichum L., and wheat, Triticum aestivum L., in response to a range of low temperatures was examined with 10-day-old plants. In barley (cv. Prior) no proline accumulated at 8°C or above, but in wheat (cv. Gabo) proline accumulated at 12°C and lower temperatures. In barley, the first leaf survived for 29 days following transfer to 5°C and continued to accumulate proline throughout this period. In contrast, the first leaves of plants maintained at 20°C survived for 13 days only and accumulated no proline. Proline accumulation at low temperature was shown to be light-dependent, both in intact plants and excised leaf sections, and the light requirement could not be replaced by supplying leaf segments with precursors of proline. Proline accumulation in response to water stress was not light-dependent at 20°C but was at 5°C. Inter-specific and intra-specific variation in the extent of accumulation in response to low temperature was also examined. Considerable variation was encountered but there was no clear relationship with geographical distribution or chilling sensitivity for the species and no correlation with accumulation in response to water stress in the cultivars of barley examined.
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0030000558
DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-3054.1978.tb02573.x
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