Plant Growth Regulation

, Volume 85, Issue 2, pp 305–315 | Cite as

The newly synthesized plant growth regulator S-methylmethionine salicylate may provide protection against high salinity in wheat

  • Tibor JandaEmail author
  • Radwan Khalil
  • Judit Tajti
  • Magda Pál
  • Gabriella Szalai
  • Szabolcs Rudnóy
  • Ilona Rácz
  • György Kátay
  • Anna B. Molnár
  • Magdalena A. Lejmel
  • Tihana Marček
  • Gyöngyvér Gell
  • Zsófia Birinyi
  • Éva Darko
Original paper


High salinity is one of the major environmental factors limiting the productivity of crop species worldwide. Improving the stress tolerance of cultivated plants and thus increasing crop yields in an environmentally friendly way is a crucial task in agriculture. In the present work the ability of a new derivative, S-methylmethionine-salicylate (MMS), to improve the salt tolerance of wheat plants was tested parallel with its related compounds salicylic acid and S-methylmethionine. The results show that while these compounds are harmful at relatively high concentration (0.5 mM), they may provide protection against high salinity at lower (0.1 mM) concentration. This was confirmed by gas exchange, chlorophyll content and chlorophyll-a fluorescence induction measurements. While osmotic adjustment probably plays a critical role in the improved salt tolerance, neither Na or K transport from the roots to the shoots nor proline synthesis are the main factors in the tolerance induced by the compounds tested. MMS, S-methylmethionine and Na-salicylate had different effects on flavonol biosynthesis. It was also shown that salt treatment had a substantial influence on the SA metabolism in wheat roots and leaves. Present results suggest that the investigated compounds can be used to improve salt tolerance in plants.


Gene expression Osmotic adjustment Salicylic acid Salt stress S-methylmethionine Triticum aestivum



This work was funded by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (K 108838).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tibor Janda
    • 1
    Email author
  • Radwan Khalil
    • 2
  • Judit Tajti
    • 1
  • Magda Pál
    • 1
  • Gabriella Szalai
    • 1
  • Szabolcs Rudnóy
    • 3
  • Ilona Rácz
    • 3
  • György Kátay
    • 4
  • Anna B. Molnár
    • 1
  • Magdalena A. Lejmel
    • 1
  • Tihana Marček
    • 5
  • Gyöngyvér Gell
    • 1
  • Zsófia Birinyi
    • 1
  • Éva Darko
    • 1
  1. 1.Agricultural Institute, Centre for Agricultural Research, MTAMartonvásárHungary
  2. 2.Botany Department, Faculty of ScienceBenha UniversityBenhaEgypt
  3. 3.Eötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary
  4. 4.Institute of Plant Protection, Centre for Agricultural Research, MTABudapestHungary
  5. 5.Faculty of Food Technology OsijekUniversity of OsijekOsijekCroatia

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