, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 143–152 | Cite as

Mycorrhiza-induced lower oxidative burst is related with higher antioxidant enzyme activities, net H2O2 effluxes, and Ca2+ influxes in trifoliate orange roots under drought stress

Original Paper


Mechanisms of arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM)-induced lower oxidative burst of host plants under drought stress (DS) are not elucidated. A noninvasive microtest technology (NMT) was used to investigate the effects of Funneliformis mosseae on net fluxes of root hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and calcium ions (Ca2+) in 5-month-old Poncirus trifoliata, in combination with catalase (CAT) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activities as well as tissue superoxide radical (O2 •−) and H2O2 concentrations under DS and well-watered (WW) conditions. A 2-month DS (55 % maximum water holding capacity of growth substrates) significantly inhibited AM fungal root colonization, while AM symbiosis significantly increased plant biomass production, irrespective of water status. F. mosseae inoculation generally increased SOD and CAT activity but decreased O2 •− and H2O2 concentrations in leaves and roots under WW and DS. Compared with non-AM seedlings, roots of AM seedlings had significantly higher net H2O2 effluxes and net Ca2+ influxes, especially in the meristem zone, but lower net H2O2 efflux in the elongation zone. Net Ca2+ influxes into roots were significantly positively correlated with root net H2O2 effluxes but negatively with root H2O2 concentrations. Results from this study suggest that AM-induced lower oxidative burst is related with higher antioxidant enzyme activities, root net H2O2 effluxes, and Ca2+ influxes under WW and DS.


Arbuscular mycorrhiza Calcium Citrus Hydrogen peroxide Noninvasive microtest technology 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31101513) and the Excellent Young Teacher Research Support Program of Yangtze University (cyq201326). We thank anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments on the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Horticulture and Gardening/Institute of Root BiologyYangtze UniversityJingzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Environmental SciencesUniversity of SydneyEveleighAustralia
  3. 3.School of Plant BiologyUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

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