Accumulation of ABA in maize roots in response to root severing

Jianhua Zhang*

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When isolated maize (Zea mays L.) routs were incubated tW 3 h in o fully hydrated state in air, ABA content was found to increase by around 100% in nil the different root tissues examined ‐ i.e. mature primary root sections. young and growing primary root sections, secondary roots and primary root tips ‐ from both well watered plants and previously droughted plants. This ABA increase was not turgor‐related, as usually is the case in draughted plants, and was not quantitatively related to the injury in the cutting surface. A time‐ sequence of ABA accumulation showed a peak accumulation at about 2–3 h after initial incubation. Oxygen was essential for this increase in ABA accumulation because‐ when roots were incubated in pure nitrogen, no such increase was found. Evidence suggests that this increase was derived from xanthophylls. the common precursors for stress‐induced ABA. Maize leaves did not show such an accumulation when incubated under the same conditions. When halt the root system was severed, ABA content in the remaining half root system increased by Kill 100–200% in 3 h. We suggest that there is a systemic effect on the ABA biosynthesis in the root system following the shock of root severing, and that roots may supply substantial amounts of ABA to the shoots even at time when there is not apparent dehydration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-314
Number of pages6
JournalNew Phytologist
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1994

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Physiology
  • Plant Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • ABA biosynthesis
  • root turgor
  • roots
  • systemic effect
  • Zea mays (maize)


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