Acta Biologica Hungarica

, Volume 65, Issue 1, pp 61–71 | Cite as

Effect of Salinity on Moisture Content, Pigment System, and Lipid Composition in Ephedra Alata Decne

  • A. A. AlqarawiEmail author
  • Abeer Hashem
  • E. F. Abd_Allah
  • T. S. Alshahrani
  • Asma A. Huqail


The present work was carried out to uncover the effect of salinity stress on shoot moisture percentage, pigment content and lipid composition of Ephedra alata Decne. The results suggested that salinity caused significant decrease in plant moisture content. The chl. a, b and carotenoids showed significant decrease with increasing concentration of salt. Total pigment content also showed decline at all salt stress levels. Salt stress caused significant decrease in total lipids (TL), triacylglycerol (TG) and sterol (S) accompanied with an increase in diacylglycerol (DG), sterol ester (SE), and non-esterified fatty acids (FAA) of E. alata. Moreover, saline stress caused significant decrease in all phospholipid fractions except phosphatidic acid which increases during salt stress. Salinity stress resulted in increase of saturated fatty acids and decreases the percentage of un-saturated fatty acids in E. alalta.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. A. Alqarawi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Abeer Hashem
    • 2
  • E. F. Abd_Allah
    • 1
  • T. S. Alshahrani
    • 1
  • Asma A. Huqail
    • 2
  1. 1.Plant Production Department, College of Food & Agriculture SciencesKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Department of Botany and Microbiology, College of ScienceKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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