Differential Effects of Cold Stress on the Antioxidant Response of Mycorrhizal and Non-Mycorrhizal Jatropha curcas (L.) Plants

  •  H. Pedranzani    
  •  N. Tavecchio    
  •  M. Gutiérrez    
  •  M. Garbero    
  •  R. Porcel    
  •  J. M. Ruiz-Lozano    


Our main objective was to analyze the protection provided by Mycorrhiza (Rhizophagus intraradices) to Jatropha curcas plants under cold stress, through the analysis of physiological and oxidative stress parameters. Mycorrhizal (AM) and non-mycorrhizal (nonAM) plants were exposed to cold stress 4±1 ºC temperature for 72 h. The control plant grow at 25 ±1 ºC. Under cold stress, the stomata conductance decreased both AM and nonAM plants and photosynthetic efficiency only in non AM plants. The CAT activity increased in AM plants independently of stress conditions. GR activity shows a typical rise to cold stress in nonAM plants and decreased in AM ones. With cold stress, the APX activity was reduced in all treatments and SOD activity was not affected in all treatment The MDA content increased in nonAM plants while in AM plants it was unaffected by low temperature. This study reported on the regulation of antioxidant compounds, their relationship to the AM symbiosis and cold stress in Jatropha curcas L.

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