Biologia Plantarum

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 157–159 | Cite as

Salt tolerance of two aquatic macrophytes, Pistia stratiotes and Salvinia molesta

  • R. K. UpadhyayEmail author
  • S. K. Panda


The physiological responses to NaCl salinity were investigated in two floating aquatic macrophytes, Pistia stratiotes L. and Salvinia molesta L. With the increasing NaCl concentration a decrease in chlorophyll and carotenoid contents was recorded in Salvinia as compared to Pistia. Also a greater increase in H2O2 accumulation and lipid peroxidation was observed in the shoot and root tissues of Salvinia as compared to Pistia. The superoxide dismutase, glutathione reductase, catalase and guaiacol peroxidase activities, and ascorbate and glutathione contents increased in Salvinia and Pistia shoot and root tissues in response to NaCl.

Additional key words

catalase glutathione reductase NaCl-salinity peroxidase superoxide dismutase thiobarbituric acid reactive substance 



ascorbate peroxidase




dehydroascorbate reductase


guaiacol peroxidase


glutathione reductase


superoxide dismutase


thiobarbituric acid reactive substance


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Plant Biochemistry Laboratory, School of Life SciencesAssam (Central) UniversitySilcharIndia
  2. 2.Research Institute for BioresourcesOkayama UniversityKurashikiJapan

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