Effects of Ascorbic Acid on Some Physiological Changes of Pepino (Solanum Muricatum Ait.) under Chilling Stress


In this study, the changes caused by chilling stress on some physiological parameters of pepino (Solanum muricatum Ait.) plant and the effects of ascorbic acid (100 mM) applied exogenously on these changes were examined. For this purpose, the photosynthetic pigments (chlorophyll a, chlorophyll b, total chlorophylls and carotenoids), ascorbic acid, total phenolic compounds, malondialdehyde and proline contents in leaves of pepino taken on 5th and 10th days were determined. As a result of chilling stress, it was found that while the photosynthetic pigments and proline contents decreased in pepino leaves, the ascorbic acid, total phenolic compounds and malondialdehyde contents increased. In plants which were subjected to pre-treatment of ascorbic acid on the 10th day of stress, ascorbic acid and proline contents increased while a decrease was observed in malondialdehyde content, compared to stress group without pre-treated. This study may be important for explaining resistance induced by treatment of exogenous ascorbic acid in pepino exposed to chilling stress.


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Sivaci, A., Kaya, A. & Duman, S. Effects of Ascorbic Acid on Some Physiological Changes of Pepino (Solanum Muricatum Ait.) under Chilling Stress. BIOLOGIA FUTURA 65, 305–318 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1556/ABiol.65.2014.3.7

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  • Pepino (Solanum muricatum Ait.)
  • ascorbic acid
  • chilling stress
  • physiological parameters