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Growth and physiological responses of six barley genotypes to waterlogging and subsequent recovery


Pang, J and Zhou, M and Mendham, NJ and Shabala, SN, Growth and physiological responses of six barley genotypes to waterlogging and subsequent recovery, Australian Journal of Agricultural Research, 55, (8) pp. 895-906. ISSN 0004-9409 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/AR03097


In this study, the growth response of 6 barley genotypes of different origin (3 from China, 2 from Australia, 1 from Japan) to waterlogging and subsequent recovery was evaluated in 2 different soil types, an artificial potting mix and a Vertosol. A range of physiological measurements was assessed, to develop a method to aid selection for waterlogging tolerance. Plants at the 3 or 4 expanded leaf stages were subjected to waterlogging for 3 weeks followed by 2 weeks of recovery. Both shoot and root growth was negatively affected by waterlogging. As waterlogging stress developed, chlorophyll content, CO 2 assimilation rate, and maximal quantum efficiency of photosystem 11 (Fv/Fm) decreased significantly. The adverse effect of waterlogging was most severe for genotype Naso Nijo, intermediate for ZP, Gairdner, DYSYH, and Franklin, and least for TX9425 in both trials. Studies of the root anatomy suggested that such a contrasting behaviour may be partially due to a significant difference in the pattern of aerenchyma formation in barley roots. The adverse effects in stressed plants were alleviated after 2 weeks of drainage for all genotypes. In general, TX9425 continued to grow better than other varieties, whereas recovery of Naso Nijo was extremely slow. It is suggested that screening a small number of lines for waterlogging tolerance could be facilitated by selecting genotypes with least pronounced reduction of photosynthetic rate or total chlorophyll content, and for a larger number of lines, chlorophyll fluorescence is the most appropriate tool.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Crop and pasture improvement (incl. selection and breeding)
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Grains and seeds
Objective Field:Barley
UTAS Author:Pang, J (Ms Jiayin Pang)
UTAS Author:Zhou, M (Professor Meixue Zhou)
UTAS Author:Mendham, NJ (Dr Neville Mendham)
UTAS Author:Shabala, SN (Professor Sergey Shabala)
ID Code:30689
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:110
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2005-06-03

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