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Thiol content of spruce needles at forest limits

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We determined the water-soluble thiol (SH) content and the osmolality of the cell sap in spruce trees of both low- and high-altitude origin that were transplanted to two test areas at different altitudes (400 m and 1700 m). There was little or no significant difference in SH content and osmotic value between trees of low- or high-altitude origin at the same altitude, but the sulfhydryl (SH) content varied with the altitude of cultivation, being higher at 1700 m than at 400 m. SH content and osmotic value were higher in winter, independent of altitude and provenance. The annual pattern of water-soluble and protein-bound SH content and glutathione reductase activity was measured in spruce trees at 1700 m; these values also peaked in winter and were lowest in summer.

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Grill, D., Pfeifhofer, H., Tschulik, A. et al. Thiol content of spruce needles at forest limits. Oecologia 76, 294–297 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00379966

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Key words

  • Thiols
  • Glutathione reductase
  • Osmotic value
  • Annual rhythm
  • Picea abies