Zinc hyperaccumulation and cellular distribution in Arabidopsis halleri

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Zhao, F-J., Lombi, E., Breedon, T. and McGrath, S. P. 2000. Zinc hyperaccumulation and cellular distribution in Arabidopsis halleri. Plant, Cell and Environment. 23 (5), pp. 507-514. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-3040.2000.00569.x

AuthorsZhao, F-J., Lombi, E., Breedon, T. and McGrath, S. P.

Although Arabidopsis halleri (= Cardaminopsis halleri) is known as a Zn hyperaccumulator, there have been no detailed studies on Zn accumulation, tolerance and cellular distribution in this species. In a hydroponic experiment, A. halleri grew healthily with Zn concentrations varying from 1 to 1000 mu M, without showing phytotoxicity or reduction in root or shoot dry weights. The concentration of Zn in the shoots increased from 300 mu g g(-1) dry weight in the 1 mu M Zn treatment to 32 000 mu g g(-1) in the 1000 mu M Zn treatment. Approximately 60% of the total Zn in the shoots were water-soluble, and there was no evidence of Zn and P coprecipitation. Both citric and malic acid concentrations in the shoots were not significantly affected by the Zn treatments, whereas in the roots there was a positive response in both organic acids to increasing Zn in solution. Cellular distribution of Zn, Ca and K in frozen hydrated leaf tissues was examined using energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis. Zinc was sequestered in the base of trichomes, whereas the middle and upper parts of trichomes were highly enriched with Ca. Mesophyll cells appeared to have more Zn than the epidermis, probably because the latter were very small in size. Similarities and differences between A, halleri and the other well-known Zn hyperaccumulator, Thlaspi caerulescens, are discussed.

KeywordsPlant Sciences
Year of Publication2000
JournalPlant, Cell and Environment
Journal citation23 (5), pp. 507-514
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-3040.2000.00569.x
Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or code443
Project: 034174
Project: 031904
Project: 031779

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