, Volume 201, Issue 2, pp 165-173

Distribution and chemical speciation of aluminum in the Al accumulator plant, Melastoma malabathricum L.

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The Al accumulation mechanisms in an Al accumulator plant, Melastoma malabathricum L. (Melastoma), was investigated. Al was located in the upper epidermal cells and also distributed in mesophyll cells in leaf sections. In root sections, Al was found in all the root tissues, particularly in the epidermis and endodermis. Al concentrations in young leaves, mature leaves, old leaves, and roots were 8.0, 9.2, 14.4, and 10.1 mg g1, respectively. Approximately 45% of total Al in oldest leaves, and approximately 60% of total Al in leaves of other positions and roots were extracted in Tris-HCl buffer (pH 7.0). Since Al in the residual parts was mostly dissolved in hot 0.5 M H2SO4 containing 2% cetyl trimethylammonium bromide, residual Al seemed to consist mainly of monomeric Al and Al bound to pectic substances and hemicellulose. Al in the Tris-HCl extract consisted of non-monomeric Al (complexed form). Oxalate concentration in the Tris-HCl extract in leaves was significantly higher in the +Al treatment than in the –Al treatment and there was a positive correlation between the Al concentration and oxalate concentration. 27Al NMR spectrum of fresh leaves indicated the presence in the order of monomeric Al, Al-oxalate, Al-(oxalate)2, and Al-(oxalate)3 in intact leaves.