Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 32, Issue 12, pp 2569–2583 | Cite as

Impact of Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) Extracts Upon Reserve Mobilization and Energy Metabolism in Germinating Mustard (Sinapis alba L.) Seeds

  • Ewa Kupidłowska
  • Agnieszka Gniazdowska
  • Joanna Stępień
  • Francoise Corbineau
  • Dominique Vinel
  • Andrzej Skoczowski
  • Anna Janeczko
  • Renata BogatekEmail author


One commonly observed effect of phytotoxic compounds is the inhibition or delay of germination of sensitive seeds. Mustard (Sinapis alba L.) seeds were incubated with aqueous extracts of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) leaves. Although sunflower phytotoxins did not influence seed viability, extracts completely inhibited seed germination. Inhibition of germination was associated with alterations in reserve mobilization and generation of energy in the catabolic phase of germination. Degradation of lipids was suppressed by sunflower foliar extracts resulting in insufficient carbohydrate supply. The lack of respiratory substrates and decrease in energy (ATP) generation resulted in suppression of the anabolic phase of seed germination and ultimately growth inhibition.


ATP Heat production ICL activity Mustard Oil/protein bodies Oxygen uptake Seed germination Sunflower phytotoxicity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ewa Kupidłowska
    • 1
  • Agnieszka Gniazdowska
    • 2
  • Joanna Stępień
    • 2
  • Francoise Corbineau
    • 3
  • Dominique Vinel
    • 3
  • Andrzej Skoczowski
    • 4
  • Anna Janeczko
    • 4
  • Renata Bogatek
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Plant Anatomy and Cytology, Institute of Experimental Plant BiologyWarsaw UniversityWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Department of Plant PhysiologyWarsaw Agricultural UniversityWarsawPoland
  3. 3.Physiologie Végétale Appliquée, Université Pierre et Marie CurieParis Cédex 05France
  4. 4.Franciszek Górski Department of Plant PhysiologyPolish Academy of ScienceKrakowPoland

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