Effect of Boron Toxicity on Oxidative Stress and Genotoxicity in Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)

  • Şükrü Serter Çatav
  • Tuncer Okan Genç
  • Müjgan Kesik Oktay
  • Köksal Küçükakyüz


Boron (B) toxicity, which occurs in semi-arid and arid environments, can adversely affect the growth and yield of many plants. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of different concentrations of boric acid (3, 6, 9 and 12 mM) on growth, oxidative stress and genotoxicity parameters in root and shoot tissues of wheat seedlings. Our results indicate that B stress inhibits root and shoot growth of wheat in a concentration-dependent manner, and leads to increases in TBARS and H2O2 contents in shoot tissue. Moreover, our findings suggest that high concentrations of B may exert a genotoxic effect on wheat. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report to evaluate the effect of B stress on genotoxicity in both root and shoot tissues of wheat.


Boron Wheat Oxidative stress Genotoxicity RAPD-PCR 



This study is one part of a PhD dissertation of the first author, funded by the Scientific Research Projects Coordination Unit of Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University (Grant Number 15/153).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Şükrü Serter Çatav
    • 1
  • Tuncer Okan Genç
    • 1
  • Müjgan Kesik Oktay
    • 1
  • Köksal Küçükakyüz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyMuğla Sıtkı Koçman UniversityKötekliTurkey

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