Characteristic water status in dwarf pea in relation to drought resistance

Mari Iwaya-Inoue, Kei Motooka, Yushi Ishibashi, Masataka Fukuyama

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Dwarfism in pea (Pisum sativum L.) manifests itself more conspicuously in the light, and light-induced epicotyl growth inhibition in relation to water status was studied. NMR spin-lattice relaxation times (T 1)s of epicotyls of no-elongation zone were markedly longer than those of elongation zone of the seedlings of both cultivars, tall type cv. Alaska and dwarf type, cv. Progress No. 9. T 1 of GA 1-dose response in dwarf pea, which grows normally, decreased in elongation zone while T 1s in no-elongation zone increased. The changes in T 1 of light- and dark-grown pea epicotyls were not simply attributable to a change in water content. Water of dwarf control and no-elongation zone of GA 1-treated cv. Progress No. 9 grown under light condition was more sustained during three-hours air drying compared to those of cv. Alaska. Osmotic concentrations in elongation zones were higher than those of no-elongation zone. In addition, there was no relationship between osmotic concentration and cell length. It seems that the epicotyl tissues of dwarf pea phenotype were high T 1 values accompanied by low osmotic values while water uptake was not changed. In conclusion, T 1 of the pea seedlings will be useful for an evaluation of the dwarfism and GA 1 dose-response to drought stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-38
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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