Biologia Plantarum

, 53:560 | Cite as

Abscisic acid and auxin accumulation in Catasetum fimbriatum roots growing in vitro with high sucrose and mannitol content

  • L. E. P. PeresEmail author
  • A. Zsögön
  • G. B. Kerbauy
Brief Communication


Endogenous contents of indolyl-3-acetic acid (IAA) and abscisic acid (ABA) were quantified in excised roots of Catasetum fimbriatum (Orchidaceae) cultured in vitro on solidified Vacin and Went medium with 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 % sucrose, as well as 2 % sucrose plus mannitol. Maximum root growth was observed in media with 4 % sucrose and 2 % sucrose plus 2.2 % mannitol, suggesting that a moderate water or osmotic stress promotes orchid root growth. Contents of both ABA and IAA increased in parallel to increasing sucrose concentration and a correlation between root elongation and the ABA/IAA ratio was observed. Incubating isolated C. fimbriatum roots with radiolabeled tryptophan, we showed an accumulation of IAA and its conjugates.

Additional key words

hormone interactions root elongation osmotic stress 



abscisic acid


enzyme linked immunosorbent assay


high performance liquid chromatography


indole-3-acetic acid


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biological Sciences (LCB), Escola Superior de Agricultura “Luiz de Queiroz” (ESALQ)Universidade de São PauloPiracicaba, SPBrazil
  2. 2.Departament of Botany, Institute of BiosciencesUniversidade de São PauloSão Paulo, SPBrazil

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