, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 67–76 | Cite as

Arbuscular mycorrhiza affects nickel translocation and expression of ABC transporter and metallothionein genes in Festuca arundinacea

  • Leila Shabani
  • Mohammad R. Sabzalian
  • Sodabeh Mostafavi pour
Original Paper


Mycorrhizal fungi are key microorganisms for enhancing phytoremediation of soils contaminated with heavy metals. In this study, the effects of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF) Funneliformis mosseae (=Glomus mosseae) on physiological and molecular mechanisms involved in the nickel (Ni) tolerance of tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea = Schedonorus arundinaceus) were investigated. Nickel addition had a pronounced negative effect on tall fescue growth and photosynthetic pigment contents, as well as on AMF colonization. Phosphorus content increased markedly in mycorrhizal plants (M) compared to non-inoculated (NM) ones. However, no significant difference was observed in root carbohydrate content between AMF-inoculated and non-inoculated plants. For both M and NM plants, Ni concentrations in shoots and roots increased according to the addition of the metal into soil, but inoculation with F. mosseae led to significantly lower Ni translocation from roots to the aboveground parts compared to non-inoculated plants. ABC transporter and metallothionein transcripts accumulated to considerably higher levels in tall fescue plants colonized by F. mosseae than in the corresponding non-mycorrhizal plants. These results highlight the importance of mycorrhizal colonization in alleviating Ni-induced stress by reducing Ni transport from roots to shoots of tall fescue plants.


ABC transporters Metallothionein Mycorrhiza Nickel Tall fescue Schedonorus arundinaceus 



This project was supported by the research council of University of Shahrekord, SKU (Grant No. 160/12).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leila Shabani
    • 1
  • Mohammad R. Sabzalian
    • 2
  • Sodabeh Mostafavi pour
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of SciencesShahrekord UniversityShahrekordIran
  2. 2.Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding, College of AgricultureIsfahan University of TechnologyIsfahanIran

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