Transfer of Rubidium from the Xylem to the Phloem in Wheat Internodes

Feller, Urs (1989). Transfer of Rubidium from the Xylem to the Phloem in Wheat Internodes. Journal of plant physiology, 133(6), pp. 764-767. Gustav Fischer Verlag 10.1016/S0176-1617(89)80086-0

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Wheat (Triticum aestivum L., var. «Arina») was cut below or above the flag leaf node. The detached shoots were incubated standing in a solution containing 2 mM RbCl and 2 mM SrCl2. Source/sink relations were modified by steam-girdling the stem below the ear (phloem interruption) or by removing the ear or the flag leaf lamina. Strontium (mobile in the xylem, but immobile in the phloem) was distributed in the detached shoots as expected from transpiration data. Rubidium on the other hand accumulated in the stem and in the leaf sheath of illuminated plants, but only minor quantities were detected in the leaf lamina and in the ear. The node was not a prerequisite for the removal of rubidium from the transpiration stream. The rubidium content of the ear was further decreased by removing the leaf lamina, and the flux of Rb (but not of Sr) was essentially blocked by steam-girdling below the ear. The results from these experiments suggest that Rb was transferred efficiently from the xylem to the phloem in wheat internodes. The mechanisms involved, the regulatory interactions, the selectivity and the physiological significance must be investigated in future experiments. Such transfer processes might be important for the channelling of solutes in maturing wheat.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) > Plant nutrition [discontinued]
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS)

UniBE Contributor:

Feller, Urs

Subjects:

500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)

ISSN:

0176-1617

Publisher:

Gustav Fischer Verlag

Language:

English

Submitter:

Peter Alfred von Ballmoos-Haas

Date Deposited:

07 Mar 2017 09:29

Last Modified:

10 Aug 2017 08:29

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/S0176-1617(89)80086-0

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Triticum aestivum L., var. Arina, Phloem, Rubidium, Strontium, Transport of solutes, Xylem

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.91913

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/91913

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