Plant and Soil

, Volume 83, Issue 2, pp 327–330 | Cite as

Modification of the salinity response of wheat by the genome ofElytrigia elongatum

  • R. Storey
  • Robin D. Graham
  • K. W. Shepherd
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Triticum aestivum cv. Chinese Spring wheat,Elytrigia elongatum (tall wheatgrass), and theTriticum-Elytrigia amphiploid were grown in complete nutrient culture containing, in addition, 0, 40, 80 and 120 mM NaCl. The 3 genotypes responded quite differently to increasing salinity; the Na concentration of wheat shoots increased in direct proportion to the increase in salinity of the external medium whereas the Elytrigia response was interpreted as showing high affinity for Na at low external Na (40 mM) but comparative exclusion of Na at high salinities (120 mM). In contrast, Na levels of the amphiploid were less than those of either wheat or Elytrigia under both low and high salinities. Thus the amphiploid behaved like wheat at 40 mM NaCl but more like Elytrigia at 120 mM NaCl because Na transport to the amphiploid shoot was restricted over the whole salinity range. The K concentration of the amphiploid shoot at high salinities was significantly greater than the K concentrations of either wheat or Elytrigia.

Key words

Amphiploid Elytrigia Genome Salinity Triticum aestivum Wheat Wheatgrass 


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© Martinus Nijhoff/Dr W. Junk Publishers 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Storey
    • 1
  • Robin D. Graham
    • 1
  • K. W. Shepherd
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agronomy, Waite Agricultural Research InstituteThe University of AdelaideGlen OsmondAustralia

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