, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 201–208 | Cite as

The influence of low temperature on photosynthesis and antioxidant enzymes in sensitive banana and tolerant plantain (Musa sp.) cultivars

  • Q. Zhang
  • J. Z. Zhang
  • W. S. Chow
  • L. L. Sun
  • J. W. Chen
  • Y. J. Chen
  • C. L. PengEmail author
Original Papers


Low temperature (LT) is one of the major factors that limit crop production and reduce yield. To better understand the cold-tolerance mechanism in the plantains, a sensitive cultivar Williams (Musa acuminata AAA cv. Williams) and a tolerant cultivar Cachaco (Musa paradisiaca ABB cv. Dajiao) were used. LT resulted in increased malondialdehyde (MDA) content, elevated contents of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and superoxide radical (O 2 ·− ), and decreased photochemical efficiency (Fv/Fm) and net photosynthetic rate (P N), but cv. Cachaco showed better LT tolerance than cv. Williams. After LT treatment for 120 h, total scavenging capability (DPPH· scavenging capability) in Williams showed a significant decrease but no significant alternations was found in Cachaco. Ascorbate peroxidase (APX) and peroxidase (POD) displayed a significant increase but superoxide dismutase (SOD) showed no significant alternations and catalase (CAT) showed a significant decrease in Cachaco after 120 h of LT treatment. All the four antioxidant enzymes above showed a significant decrease in Williams after 120 h of LT treatment. Our results suggest that higher activities of APX, POD, SOD, and DPPH· scavenging capability to a certain extent can be used to explain the higher cold tolerance in the plantain, which would provide a theoretical guidance for bananas production and screening cold-resistant variety.

Additional key words

antioxidant enzyme banana low temperature photosynthesis plantain 



ascorbate peroxidase










maximum photochemical efficiency of photosystem II


stomatal conductance


hydrogen peroxide


low temperature




nitroblue tetrazolium


superoxide radical


singlet oxygen


hydroxyl radical


net photosynthetic rate




superoxide dismutase


trichloroacetic acid


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This research is financially supported by Guangxi Natural Science Foundation Program (No.0991078).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Q. Zhang
    • 1
  • J. Z. Zhang
    • 2
    • 3
  • W. S. Chow
    • 4
  • L. L. Sun
    • 1
  • J. W. Chen
    • 5
  • Y. J. Chen
    • 1
  • C. L. Peng
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.College of Life Science, Key Laboratory of Ecology and Environmental Science in Guangdong Higher Education, Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Biotechnology for Plant DevelopmentSouth China Normal UniversityGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Guangxi Key Laboratory of Biotechnology of Crop Genetic ImprovementNanningChina
  3. 3.Institute of Biotechnology of Guangxi Academy of Agricultural SciencesNanningChina
  4. 4.Division of Plant Sciences, Research School of Biology, College of Medicine, Biology and EnvironmentThe Australian National UniversityCanberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200Australia
  5. 5.Department of Crop ScienceYunnan Agricultural UniversityKunmingYunnan, China

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