Plant Cell Reports

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 495–503 | Cite as

CaCl2 improves post-drought recovery potential in Camellia sinensis (L) O. Kuntze

  • Hrishikesh Upadhyaya
  • Sanjib Kumar Panda
  • Biman Kumar Dutta
Original Paper


Drought stress affects the growth and productivity of the tea plant. However, the damage caused is not permanent. The present investigation studies the effect of CaCl2 on antioxidative responses of tea during post-drought recovery. Increase in dry mass, proline and phenolic content of leaf with decrease in H2O2 and lipid peroxidation and increased activities of enzymes such as SOD, CAT, POX and GR in response to increased foliar CaCl2 concentration are indications for the recovery of stress-induced oxidative damage and thus improving post-stress recovery potential of Camellia sinensis genotypes.


Calcium chloride (CaCl2Camellia sinensis (tea) Post-drought recovery (PDR) 



Financial support for the research from the National Tea Research Foundation (NTRF), Kolkatta, (NTRF: 107/07), is gratefully acknowledged. The authors also thank Mr. I. B Ubadhia, Manager, Rosekhandy Tea Estate for providing tea seedlings throughout the experimental work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hrishikesh Upadhyaya
    • 1
    • 3
  • Sanjib Kumar Panda
    • 1
  • Biman Kumar Dutta
    • 2
  1. 1.Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Laboratory, School of Life SciencesAssam (Central) UniversitySilcharIndia
  2. 2.Microbial and Agricultural Ecology Laboratory, Department of Ecology and Environmental SciencesAssam (Central) UniversitySilcharIndia
  3. 3.Department of Botany and BiotechnologyKarimganj CollegeKarimganjIndia

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