Journal archive > 2011 > N 4 July-August

EFFECT OF HIGH SODIUM CHLORIDE CONCENTRATIONS ON THE PIGMENT CONTENT
AND FREE-RADICAL PROCESSES IN CORN SEEDLINGS LEAVES

Y. V. Vasylyk, V. I. Lushchak

Vassyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, Ivano-Frasnkivk, Ukraine;
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The effect of sodium chloride on general morphometrical parameters of seedlings, and biochemical parameters in the leaves of corn seedlings was studied. Exposure to 100 and 200 mM NaCl slowed down the growth of stem and roots, whereas 100 and 200 mM NaCl during 24 h enhanced the concentration of chlorophylls, carotenoids, anthocyans, and thiobarbituric acid reactive substances. The decrease in protein carbonyl groups was found at 24-hour exposure to 200 mM salt. The treatment during 24, 48 and 72 h to 200 mM salt increased the level of total and high molecular mass thiols, whereas low molecular mass thiol content was by 20-25% higher at 48 h exposure to all used salt concentrations. The activity of guaiacol peroxidase was higher only at 24 h exposure to 100 and 200 mM salt, and catalase – at 50 mM during 48 h. At 72-hour exposure, catalase activity was by 27 and 41% higher in seedlings, exposed to 50 and 200 mM NaCl, respectively. Therefore, it is concluded the plant exposure to 50-200 mM salt initially developed oxidative stress, inducing adaptive response – an increase in antioxidant potential and efficiency of systems of energy production. That results in plant adaptation to unfavourable conditions.

Key words: corn seedlings, salt stress, morphological parameters, oxidative stress, antioxidant enzymes.

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