Biologia Plantarum

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 469–473

Amelioration of lead and mercury effects on germination and rice seedling growth by antioxidants

Authors

  • A. Mishra
    • Plant Physiology and Biochemistry Laboratory, Department of BotanyUniversity of Burdwan, Burdwan
  • M.A. Choudhuri
    • Plant Physiology and Biochemistry Laboratory, Department of BotanyUniversity of Burdwan, Burdwan
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1001871015773

Cite this article as:
Mishra, A. & Choudhuri, M. Biologia Plantarum (1998) 41: 469. doi:10.1023/A:1001871015773

Abstract

Germination of two rice (Oryza sativa L.) cultivars (Ratna and IR 36) in the presence of 10 µM PbCl2 and 10 µM HgCl2 decreased germination percentage, germination index, shoot/root length, tolerance index and dry mass of shoots and roots. Mercury was more toxic than lead. Reduced glutathione (GSH), cysteine (Cys), ascorbic acid, and α-tocopherol alleviated the adverse effects of these metals on plants in the order GSH > Cys > ascorbic acid > α-tocopherol. The effects were more pronounced in tolerant cultivar IR 36 than in the relatively susceptible cultivar Ratna.

ascorbic acidcysteinegermination indexOryza sativareduced-glutathioneα-tocopheroltolerance index

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