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Nutrient uptake patterns over the surface of germinating wheat seeds


Shabala, SN and Newman, IA and Wilson, SJ and Clark, RJ, Nutrient uptake patterns over the surface of germinating wheat seeds, Australian Journal of Plant Physiology, 27, (2) pp. 89-97. ISSN 0310-7841 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/pp99125


K +, Ca 2+ and H + flux profiles were studied around the surface of germinating wheat (Triticum aestivum L. cv. Machete) seeds using a non-invasive microelectrode technique. The seed surface was scanned every 500 μm along the longitudinal axis, and net ion fluxes were measured 2 min and 1, 4 and 24 h after seed rehydration commenced. Functionally different seed zones exhibited different ion exchange patterns, which also changed differently with time. One h after seed rehydration, the peak of H + extrusion was observed in the embryo-scutellum region. By 24 h this peak had shifted towards the region of radicle emergence, and its magnitude had increased 5-fold. By contrast, H + activity in the endosperm region decreased noticeably during this period. At the same time, Ca 2+ flux shifted from initial net influx to efflux in the embryo and scutellum zones. Most striking were K + flux profiles, with large K + efflux observed at each end and almost zero flux near the geometrical center of the seed. Significant K + extrusion from the embryo end was observed for as long as 24 h after seed rehydration and was not related to the loss of membrane integrity. Seed treatment with metabolic inhibitors (vanadate and tetraethylammonium) caused significant changes in both H + and K + fluxes suggesting that at least part of the measured fluxes originated from activities of plasma membrane transporters. We discuss possible mechanisms responsible for the observed regularities and question whether the seed coat in wheat caryopses is as ion-impermeable as previously believed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Medical and biological physics
Research Field:Biological physics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Shabala, SN (Professor Sergey Shabala)
UTAS Author:Newman, IA (Dr Ian Newman)
UTAS Author:Wilson, SJ (Dr Stephen Wilson)
UTAS Author:Clark, RJ (Professor Robert Clark)
ID Code:18628
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2001-03-20

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