Vyas, D and Kumar, Sanjay and Ahuja, Paramvir Singh (2007) Tea (Camellia sinensis) clones with shorter periods of winter dormancy exhibit lower accumulation of reactive oxygen species. Tree Physiology, 27 (9). pp. 1253-1259. ISSN 0829-318X

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Tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O.Kuntze) is a perennial crop grown throughout the world. During winter, tea undergoes a dormancy period when growth of apical buds almost ceases, severely reducing the commercial yield of tea. Low temperatures prevail during the period of winter dormancy, which alone or in combination with high solar irradiance have the potential to induce oxidative stress in plants.We studied six tea clones under field conditions to test whether a relationship exists between oxidative stress and winter dormancy. Data on the behavior of the enzymatic antioxidative system was collected for all clones during different phases of winter dormancy. There was a strong positive correlation among clones between accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the length of the dormancy period. Clones having shorter dormancy periods exhibited higher induction of antioxidative enzymes. Results suggest that efficient scavenging of ROS is a desirable feature in tea because it leads to lower accumulations of ROS during winter months and is associated with reduced winter dormancy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Photosynthetic Electron-Transport; L. O.-Kuntze; Superoxide-Dismutase; Oxidative Stress; Low-Temperature; Transgenic Plants; Hydrogen-Peroxide; Photoinhibition; Tolerance; Leaves.
Subjects: Plant sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Aparna Maitra Pati
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2011 07:03
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2012 06:59
URI: http://ihbt.csircentral.net/id/eprint/262

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