kushwaha, R and Pandey, S and Chanda, S and Bhattacharya, Amita and Ahuja, Paramvir Singh (2007) GA3 induced changes in slow growing endangered Himalayan plant Podophyllum hexandrum and hastening of vegetative growth. Plant Growth Regulation, 51 (3). pp. 207-215.

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The endangered Himalayan plant Podophyllum hexandrum syn. P. emodi is inherently slow growing. The plants exhibit delayed emergence of functional leaves or hypocotyl dormancy. However, on GA3 treatment the functional leaves were found to emerge at a favorable temperature of 2 degree C in a higher percentage of seedlings and in a shorter time. Functional leaves emerged even at 10 degree C, a temperature when hypocotyl dormancy generally prevails. A considerable increase in the biochemical parameters related to carbon and nitrogen metabolism [starch, sugars and soluble nitrates, a-amylase and nitrate reductase (NR) activity], respiration and total dehydrogenase activity in all the seedling parts also indicated an enhancement of metabolic processes as influenced by GA3, for further growth and development. Specific leaf area of the green cotyledonary leaves increased at 25 degree C, probably to meet the carbon and nitrogen requirements for new structure formation. Higher activity of enzymes involved in carbon and nitrogen metabolism, i.e., NR and a-amylaseespecially at Hbn, the region of leaf meristematic activity, was further indicative of higher metabolism for earlier initiation of rapid vegetative growth. Initiation of reserve accumulation was also observed at 25 degree C.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biochemical parameters. Functional/ true leaf emergence. GA3. Podophyllum hexandrum. Slow growth. Temperature
Subjects: Plant Biotechnology
Depositing User: Dr. Aparna Maitra Pati
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2011 11:56
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2011 11:56
URI: http://ihbt.csircentral.net/id/eprint/16

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