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José María García-Mina Freire

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Authors: Foltran, E. C., (Autor de correspondencia); Rocha, J. H. T.; Bazani, J. H.; et al.
Journal: FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
ISSN 0378-1127  Vol. 435  2019  pp. 170 - 179
Phosphate fertilizers play an important role in plant nutrition. Different P fertilizer sources such as high-solubility (simple superphosphate, SSP), low-solubility (rock phosphate, RP) and complex superphosphate (CSP) are available for plant supplementation. The objective of this study was to investigate the short- and long-term redistribution of soil P after application of different P sources at establishment of an Eucalyptus forest stand. We carried out two experiments to identify the short- and long- term changes in a Brazilian Oxisol. To property identify the P pools in different times, Hadleýs fractionation methodology was applied to a long-term studies and citrate and oxalate to short-term. From zero to 180 days, the soluble P fractions were not altered in the non-fertilized treatment. Under SSP, a slight increase in this P fraction was found until 30 days, followed by a decrease in later evaluations. During the same period, a slight reduction in Pi extracted by citrate and oxalate was found under the control and a large reduction (approximately 50%) under the SSP treatment. Intermediate behavior was observed under the CSP and RP treatments, whereas there was an increase in P-citrate and P-oxalate until 30 days followed by a reduction afterwards. These results suggest that this pool comprises a potential bioavailability of P to plants.
Authors: I.; Franco-Zorrilla, J. M.; G.; et al.
Journal: MOLECULAR PLANT
ISSN 1674-2052  Vol. 12  Nº 2  2019  pp. 185 - 198
JAZ proteins are negative regulators of jasmonate responses, acting both as repressors of transcription factors and as co-receptors of JA-Ile. The high redundancy of JAZ genes in angiosperms has hindered the characterization of a complete depletion of JAZ function. Moreover, the recent discovery that dn-OPDA is the jasmonate ligand in Marchantia polymorpha demonstrates that JA-Ile is not the sole COI1/JAZ ligand in land plants and highlights the importance of studying JAZ co-receptors in bryophytes. Here, we have exploited the low gene redundancy of the liverwort M. polymorpha to characterize the single MpJAZ in this early diverging plant lineage. We clarify the phylogenetic history of the TIFY family, demonstrate that MpJAZ is the ortholog of AtJAZ with a conserved function, and characterize its repressor activity of dn-OPDA responses. Our results show that, consistent with previous findings in Arabidopsis, MpJAZ represses jasmonates biosynthesis, senescence, and plant defenses, and promotes cell growth and reproductive fitness, highlighting the power of studies in Marchantia.
Authors: Gimenez-Ibanez, S. , (Autor de correspondencia); Zamarreño, Ángel; García-Mina, José María; et al.
Journal: CURRENT BIOLOGY
ISSN 0960-9822  Vol. 29  Nº 14  2019  pp. 2270 - 2281
Evolutionary molecular plant-microbe interactions (EvoMPMI) is an emerging field bridging the gap between molecular phytopathology and evolutionary studies. EvoMPMI research is currently challenging due to the scarcity of pathogenic model systems in early-diverging land plants. Liverworts are among the earliest diverging land-plant lineages, and Marchantia polymorpha has emerged as a liverwort model for evolutionary studies. However, bacterial pathogens of Marchantia have not yet been discovered, and the molecular mechanisms controlling plant-pathogen interactions in this early-diverging land plant remain unknown. Here, we describe a robust experimental plant-bacterial pathosystem for EvoMPMI studies and discover that an ancient immune system governs plant-microbe interactions between M. polymorpha and the hemi-biotrophic pathogenic bacteria Pseudomonas syringae. We show that P. syringae pv tomato (Pto) DC3000, causal agent of tomato bacterial speck disease, colonizes M. polymorpha and activates typical hallmarks of plant innate immunity. Virulence of Pto DC3000 on M. polymorpha relies on effector activities inside liverwort cells, including conserved AvrPto and AvrPtoB functions. Host specificity analyses uncovered pathogenic differences among P. syringae strains, suggesting that M. polymorpha-P. syringae interactions are controlled by the genetic backgrounds of both host and pathogen.
Authors: Garcia-Leon, M.; Cuyas, L.; Abd El-Moneim, D. ; et al.
Journal: PLANT CELL
ISSN 1040-4651  Vol. 31  Nº 10  2019  pp. 2411 - 2429
The plant endosomal trafficking pathway controls the abundance of membrane-associated soluble proteins, as shown for abscisic acid (ABA) receptors of the PYRABACTIN RESISTANCE1/PYR1-LIKE/REGULATORY COMPONENTS OF ABA RECEPTORS (PYR/PYL/RCAR) family. ABA receptor targeting for vacuolar degradation occurs through the late endosome route and depends on FYVE DOMAIN PROTEIN REQUIRED FOR ENDOSOMAL SORTING1 (FYVE1) and VACUOLAR PROTEIN SORTING23A (VPS23A), components of the ENDOSOMAL SORTING COMPLEX REQUIRED FOR TRANSPORT-I (ESCRT-I) complexes. FYVE1 and VPS23A interact with ALG-2 INTERACTING PROTEIN-X (ALIX), an ESCRT-III-associated protein, although the functional relevance of such interactions and their consequences in cargo sorting are unknown. In this study we show that Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) ALIX directly binds to ABA receptors in late endosomes, promoting their degradation. Impaired ALIX function leads to altered endosomal localization and increased accumulation of ABA receptors. In line with this activity, partial loss-of-function alix-1 mutants display ABA hypersensitivity during growth and stomatal closure, unveiling a role for the ESCRT machinery in the control of water loss through stomata. ABA-hypersensitive responses are suppressed in alix-1 plants impaired in PYR/PYL/RCAR activity, in accordance with ALIX affecting ABA responses primarily by controlling ABA receptor stability. ALIX-1 mutant protein displays reduced interaction with VPS23A and ABA receptors, providing a molecular basis for ABA hypersensitivity in alix-1 mutants. Our findings unveil a negative feedback mechanism triggered by ABA that acts via ALIX to control the accumulation of specific PYR/PYL/RCAR receptors.
Authors: Sanchez-Romera, B.; Calvo-Polanco, M.; Ruiz-Lozano, J. M.; et al.
Journal: PLANT AND CELL PHYSIOLOGY
ISSN 0032-0781  Vol. 59  Nº 2  2018  pp. 248 - 261
Jasmonic acid (JA) and arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbioses are known to protect plants against abiotic and biotic stresses, but are also involved in the regulation of root hydraulic conductance (L). The objective of this experiment was to elucidate the role of JA in the water relations and hormonal regulation of AM plants under drought by using tomato plants defective in the synthesis of JA (def-1). Our results showed that JA is involved in the uptake and transport of water through its effect on both physiological parameters (stomatal conductance and L) and molecular parameters, mainly by controlling the expression and abundance of aquaporins. We observed that def-1 plants increased the expression of seven plant aquaporin genes under well-watered conditions in the absence of AM fungus, which partly explain the increment of L by this mutation under well-watered conditions. In addition, the effects of the AM symbiosis on plants were modified by the def-1 mutation, with the expression of some aquaporins and plant hormone concentration being disturbed. On the other hand, methyl salicylate (MeSA) content was increased in non-mycorrhizal def-1 plants, suggesting that MeSA and JA can act together in the regulation of L. In a complementary experiment, it was found that exogenous MeSA increased L, confirming our hypothesis. Likewise, we confirmed that JA, ABA and SA are hormones involved in plant mechanisms to cope with stressful situations, their concentrations being controlled by the AM symbiosis. In conclusion, under well-watered conditions, the def-1 mutation mimics the effects of AM symbiosis, but under drought conditions the def-1 mutation changed the effects of the AM symbiosis on plants.
Authors: Chini, A.; Monte, I.; Zamarreño, Ángel; et al.
Journal: NATURE CHEMICAL BIOLOGY
ISSN 1552-4450  Vol. 14  Nº 2  2018  pp. 171 - 178
Biosynthesis of the phytohormone jasmonoyl-isoleucine (JA-Ile) requires reduction of the JA precursor 12-oxo-phytodienoic acid (OPDA) by OPDA reductase 3 (OPR3). Previous analyses of the opr3-1 Arabidopsis mutant suggested an OPDA signaling role independent of JA-Ile and its receptor COI1; however, this hypothesis has been challenged because opr3-1 is a conditional allele not completely impaired in JA-Ile biosynthesis. To clarify the role of OPR3 and OPDA in JA-independent defenses, we isolated and characterized a loss-of-function opr3-3 allele. Strikingly, opr3-3 plants remained resistant to necrotrophic pathogens and insect feeding, and activated COI1-dependent JA-mediated gene expression. Analysis of OPDA derivatives identified 4,5-didehydro-JA in wounded wild-type and opr3-3 plants. OPR2 was found to reduce 4,5-didehydro-JA to JA, explaining the accumulation of JA-Ile and activation of JA-Ile-responses in opr3-3 mutants. Our results demonstrate that in the absence of OPR3, OPDA enters the beta-oxidation pathway to produce 4,5-ddh-JA as a direct precursor of JA and JA-Ile, thus identifying an OPR3-independent pathway for JA biosynthesis.
Authors: Fuentes, Marta, (Autor de correspondencia); González-Gaitano, Gustavo; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF SOILS AND SEDIMENTS
ISSN 1439-0108  Vol. 18  Nº 4  2018  pp. 1389 - 1399
The traditional method to determine humic content (humic and fulvic acids) in commercial fertilizers, biostimulants, and organic materials is based on the oxidation of the organic carbon contained in the basic-soluble but acid-insoluble fraction (humic acids) and the basic-acid soluble fraction (fulvic acids) of their alkaline water extracts. This methodology, merely operational, makes it impossible to distinguish if the quantified carbon corresponds to substances with "humic" chemical nature or to non-humic organic matter but with similar solubility properties to those of humic matter. The aim of this work is to develop a new methodology that not only quantifies the humic content in commercial products (and raw materials) but also assesses the humic quality of the quantified organic matter. To this end, humic and fulvic (-like) fractions have been isolated/purified from several humic and non-humic materials and characterized by means of elemental analysis and UV-visible, fluorescence, and infrared spectroscopies, and these data have been used to perform a discriminant analysis (DA). The model obtained from the DA is able to discriminate humic and fulvic fractions from apparently humic or fulvic ones and provides discriminant classification functions that have proven to successfully predict the "humic quality" of the fractions isolated from commercial products, after their elemental and spectroscopic characterization. Therefore, the combination of the fractionation, characterization, and evaluation by the DA is proposed as an effective methodology for quantifying and assessing the quality of the humic content claimed in the labels of commercial products.
Authors: Olaetxea, Maite; Garcia, C. A.; et al.
Journal: APPLIED SOIL ECOLOGY
ISSN 0929-1393  Vol. 123  2018  pp. 521 - 537
The ability of rhizospheric humic substances to improve plant growth has been well established by many studies carried out using diverse plant species cultivated under many different conditions. These beneficial effects of humic substances on plant development are expressed in both root and shoot. However, the mechanisms responsible for this action of humic substances are only partially known and poorly integrated. In fact, although the studies focused on plant root development are numerous, those dealing with plant shoot development are scarce. Likewise, studies integrating humic effects on root and shoot are also few. In this context, the main goal of this work is to summarize some of the results regarding the effects of humic substances on plant development within a hypothetical holistic framework that will allow us to interconnect these findings and disclose some features of the functional crosstalk between the effects on soil, root and shoot. Furthermore, the significance of all these mechanisms in plants growing in the field is also discussed.
Authors: Fuentes, Marta; Bacaicoa, E.; Rivero, M.; et al.
Journal: FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE
ISSN 1664-462X  Vol. 9  2018  pp. 351
Iron deficiency in plants is caused by a low availability of iron in the soil, and its main visual symptom is leaf yellowing due to a decrease in chlorophyll content, along with a reduction in plant growth and fruit quality. Foliar sprays with Fe compounds are an economic alternative to the treatment with expensive synthetic Fe-chelates applied to the soil, although the efficacy of foliar treatments is rather limited. Generally, plant response to Fe-foliar treatments is monitored by measuring chlorophyll content (or related parameters as SPAD index). However, different studies have shown that foliar Fe sprays cause a local regreening and that translocation of the applied Fe within the plant is quite low. In this context, the aim of this study was to assess the effects of foliar applications of different Fe compounds [FeSO4, Fe(III)-EDTA, and Fe(III)-heptagluconate] on Fe-deficient cucumber plants, by studying the main physiological plant root responses to Fe deficiency [root Fe(III) chelate reductase (FCR) activity; acidification of the nutrient solution; and expression of the Fe deficiency responsive genes encoding FCR, CsFRO1, Fe(II) root transporter CsIRT1, and two plasma membrane H+-ATPases, CsHA1 and CsHA2], along with SPAD index, plant growth and Fe content. The results showed that the overall assessment of Fe-deficiency root responses improved the evaluation of the efficacy of the Fe-foliar treatments compared to just monitoring SPAD indexes. Thus, FCR activity and expression of Fe-deficiency response genes, especially CsFRO1 and CsHA1, preceded the trend of SPAD index and acted as indicators of whether the plant was sensing or not metabolically active Fe due to the treatments. Principal component analysis of the data also provided a graphical tool to evaluate the evolution of plant responses to foliar Fe treatments with time.
Authors: Garcia, M. J.; Corpas, F. J. ; Lucena, C.; et al.
Journal: FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE
ISSN 1664-462X  Vol. 9  Nº 1325  2018 
Ethylene, nitric oxide (NO) and glutathione (GSH) increase in Fe-deficient roots of Strategy I species where they participate in the up-regulation of Fe acquisition genes. However, S-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO), derived from NO and GSH, decreases in Fe-deficient roots. GSNO content is regulated by the GSNO-degrading enzyme S-nitrosoglutathione reductase (GSNOR). On the other hand, there are several results showing that the regulation of Fe acquisition genes does not solely depend on hormones and signaling molecules (such as ethylene or NO), which would act as activators, but also on the internal Fe content of plants, which would act as a repressor. Moreover, different results suggest that total Fe in roots is not the repressor of Fe acquisition genes, but rather the repressor is a Fe signal that moves from shoots to roots through the phloem [hereafter named LOng Distance Iron Signal (LODIS)]. To look further in the possible interactions between LODIS, ethylene and GSNOR, we compared Arabidopsis WT Columbia and LODIS-deficient mutant opt3-2 plants subjected to different Fe treatments that alter LODIS content. The opt3-2 mutant is impaired in the loading of shoot Fe into the phloem and presents constitutive expression of Fe acquisition genes. In roots of both Columbia and opt3-2 plants we determined 1-aminocyclopropane1-carboxylic acid (ACC, ethylene precursor), expression of ethylene synthesis and signaling genes, and GSNOR expression and activity. The results obtained showed that both 'ethylene' (ACC and the expression of ethylene synthesis and signaling genes) and 'GSNOR' (expression and activity) increased in Fe-deficient WT Columbia roots. Additionally, Fe-sufficient opt3-2 roots had higher 'ethylene' and 'GSNOR' than Fe-sufficient WT Columbia roots. The increase of both 'ethylene' and 'GSNOR' was not related to the total root Fe content but to the absence of a Fe shoot signal (LODIS), and was associated with the up-regulation of Fe acquisition genes. The possible relationship between GSNOR(GSNO) and ethylene is discussed.
Authors: Garnica, María; Bacaicoa, E.; Mora, V.; et al.
Journal: BMC PLANT BIOLOGY
ISSN 1471-2229  Vol. 18  Nº 105  2018  pp. 14
Background: The release of phytosiderephores (PS) to the rhizosphere is the main root response to iron (Fe) deficiency in graminaceous plants. We have investigated the role of the Fe status in the shoot as well as of the signaling pathways controlled by three relevant phytoregulators-indolacetic acid (IAA), ethylene and nitric oxide (NO) - in the regulation of this root response in Fe-starved wheat plants. To this end, the PS accumulation in the nutrient solution and the root expression of the genes encoding the nicotianamine aminotransferase (TaNAAT) and ferritin (TaFER) have been evaluated in plants subjected to different treatments. Results: The application of Fe to leaves of Fe-deficient plants prevented the increase in both PS root release and TaNAAT gene expression thus showing the relevant role of the shoot to root communication in the regulation of PS root release and some steps of PS biosynthesis. Experiments with specific hormone inhibitors showed that while ethylene and NO did not positively regulate Fe deficiency induced PS root release, auxin plays an essential role in the regulation of this process. Moreover, the application of IM to Fe-sufficient plants promoted both PS root release and TaNAAT gene expression thus indicating that auxin might be involved in the shoot to root signaling network regulating Fe-deficiency root responses in wheat Conclusions: These results therefore indicate that PS root release in Fe-deficient wheat plants is directly modulated by the shoot Fe status through signaling pathways involving, among other possible effectors, auxin.
Authors: Sánchez-Rodríguez, A. R.; S.; Zamarreño, Ángel; et al.
Journal: BIOLOGICAL CONTROL
ISSN 1049-9644  Vol. 116   2018  pp. 90 - 102
Entomopathogenic fungi have traditionally been assumed to help regulate insect populations. However, some hypocrealean ascomycetes, such as Beauveria bassiana, play other, poorly understood ecological roles that might be useful in developing novel strategies for both increased crop production and crop protection. The primary aims of this work were (a) to assess endophytic colonization of bread wheat and durum wheat plants by the applied fungus B. bassiana strain EABb 04/01-Tip; (b) to examine the impact of various B. bassiana inoculation methods on growth, yield, phytohormone levels and nutrient uptake in the plants, and (c) to quantify mortality of cotton leafworm (Spodoptera littoralis) larvae fed with leaves from inoculated plants. Three experiments involving different inoculation methods (viz., 'soil treatment', 'seed dressing' and 'leaf spraying'), and a fourth experiment to assess mortality in S. littoralis larvae fed with leaves from endophytically-colonized plants, and were conducted according to a completely randomized design. Beauveria bassiana successfully established within, and colonized, bread wheat and durum wheat plants. The fungus was, for the first time, re-isolated from grains produced by plants inoculated using the 'seed dressing' and 'soil treatment' methods. The fungus boosted spike production in bread wheat inoculated using the 'seed dressing' and 'soil treatment' methods, and also in durum wheat but only using the 'soil treatment' method. 'Seed dressing' increased grain yield by about 40%, and also root length, in bread wheat compared with control plants. Mortality in S. littoralis larvae fed with leaves from inoculated plants ranged from 30% using the 'seed dressing' method to 57% using the 'leaf spraying' method compared with 0% when fed the control leaves. However, no fungal outgrowth was detected in larval cadavers. The sustainability of crop production and crop protection strategies based on B. bassiana therefore depends on the effectiveness of the inoculation method and on the particular host plant.
Authors: Quiroga, G.; Erice, G.; Aroca, R.; et al.
Journal: AGRICULTURAL WATER MANAGEMENT
ISSN 0378-3774  Vol. 202  2018  pp. 271 - 284
Climate change is leading to the intensification of drought effects worldwide, which considerably reduce crop production. A better understanding of the drought-tolerance mechanisms would lead into a more productive agriculture. The arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbiosis has been shown to improve plant tolerance to drought. Salicylic acid (SA) is a phenolic compound involved in many aspects of plant growth and development. Apart from its role in biotic interactions, it is also involved in the regulation of important plant physiological processes, including plant water relations under stressful conditions. However, despite the importance of SA in plant physiology and in AM colonization, little is known about its effect on regulation of root water transport. Thus, the aim of this work was to study the combined effect of AM symbiosis and SA on root hydraulic properties under drought stress, with special focus on how these factors can alter radial root water transport pathways through aquaporin regulation. Also, the crosstalk between SA and other phytohormones was taken into account. Results showed that the AM symbiosis modifies root hydraulic responses to drought episodes. Under these conditions, AM plants showed increased Lpr and Lo. Exogenous SA application decreased Lpr and Lo under drought. SA modulation of water conductivity could be due to a fine-regulation of root aquaporins (as ZmPIP2:4 or ZmTIP1;1). Furthermore, SA application differently modulated the percentage of water flowing by the apoplastic pathway, decreasing its contribution to total root water flow in AM plants and increasing it in non-AM plants. An intricate relationship between Lpr, aquaporins and endogenous levels of SA, ABA and jasmonic acid was observed. Future studies should explore more in detail the crosstalk mechanism between these hormones in the regulation of water transport in AM roots, in order to better understand the mechanism through which the AM symbiosis copes with drought stress. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Authors: Garcia, A. C., (Autor de correspondencia); Tavares, O. C. H.; Balmori, D. M.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF SOILS AND SEDIMENTS
ISSN 1439-0108  Vol. 18  Nº 4  2018  pp. 1365 - 1375
The use of humic substances (HS) in agriculture is beneficial and has positive environmental impacts. However, to optimize the use of HS possible links between their structural characteristics and bioactivity must be shown. The goal of this study is to evaluate the bioactivity of different humic fractions extracted from vermicompost (VC) in rice plants and to shed light to possible structure-function relationships. Humic-like fractions were obtained from cattle manure vermicompost processed by African nightcrawlers (Eudrilus eugeniae spp.). Humic-like acid fraction using only water as extractor (HLAw), HLA fraction extracted following the International Humic Substances Society (IHSS) recommended method, and the solid residue (humified residual (HR)) after extraction of HLA were characterized using complementary chemical, physic, and spectroscopic technics (elemental composition, UV-Vis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) spectroscopies, C-13-CP MAS NMR, and MEV). Biological activity of the three HS was conducted in growth chambers and measured in roots using WinRhizo Arabidopsis software. Principal component analysis (PCA) was used to find a grouping pattern between the structural variables evaluated and the obtained root parameters. Differences were found in elemental composition among HS with larger C/N ratio in HR than in HLA and HLAw. HLA and HLAw FTIR spectra showed carboxyl band at 1714.66 cm(-1) better resolved than in HR. Bands at 1642 cm(-1) (amide I) and 1510 cm(-1) (lignin), were better resolved in HLA. C-13-NMR showed the following order of aromaticity: HLA > HLAw > HR. For HLAw bioactivity, the structures C-Alkyl-H,C-R, C-C=O, and C-COO-H,C-R correlated with the number and growth of smaller root. The aromatic C-Ar-H,C-R, C-Ar-O,C-N, and aliphatic C-Alkyl-O,C-N, CAlkyl-O, and CAlkyl-di-O structures in HLA, correlated with larger roots growth. HR also stimulated root growth and development in rice plants. Aliphatic and oxygenated structures in HLAw showed a relation with induction of initial root emissions, whereas the presence of aromatic compounds in HLA was related with root growth stimulation activity. Higher concentration of HLAw was necessary to produce an equivalent stimulus compared with HLA; it could indicate that, although both fractions showed similar types of structures in their composition, differences in the predominant structures may be determining different effects on the root.
Authors: Urrutia, Óscar, (Autor de correspondencia); Erro, Javier; Zabini, A; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY
ISSN 0021-8561  Vol. 66  Nº 19  2018  pp. 4787 - 4799
This study describes the efficiency of a new coating material for preparing granulated potassium-fertilizers with a potassium release to the soil solution sensitive to rainfall intensity. The composite is prepared by reaction of an alkyd-resin with cement in the absence of water. The complementary use of diverse analytical techniques showed that the presence of the cement fraction induced alkyd resin reticulation and gradual cement-resin hardening. Scanning electron microscopy revealed the formation of micro and nanopores within cement-clusters, whose water permeability is affected by the resin reticulation and amphiphilic character. Potassium release was evaluated in water, soil-columns, and in soil-plant trials in pots and open-field. Agronomic results were consistent with potassium release rates obtained in water solution and soil columns. The composite-coated potassium fertilizer was more efficient than the noncoated one in providing plant available potassium, with this effect being dependent on water presence in soil.
Authors: Monte, I.; Ishida, S.; Zamarreño, Ángel; et al.
Journal: NATURE CHEMICAL BIOLOGY
ISSN 1552-4450  Vol. 14  Nº 5  2018  pp. 480 - 488
The phytohormone jasmonoyl-isoleucine (JA-Ile) regulates defense, growth and developmental responses in vascular plants. Bryophytes have conserved sequences for all JA-Ile signaling pathway components but lack JA-Ile. We show that, in spite of 450 million years of independent evolution, the JA-Ile receptor COI1 is functionally conserved between the bryophyte Marchantia polymorpha and the eudicot Arabidopsis thaliana but COI1 responds to different ligands in each species. We identified the ligand of Marchantia MpCOI1 as two isomeric forms of the JA-Ile precursor dinor-OPDA (dinor-cis-OPDA and dinor-iso-OPDA). We demonstrate that AtCOI1 functionally complements Mpcoi1 mutation and confers JA-Ile responsiveness and that a single-residue substitution in MpCOI1 is responsible for the evolutionary switch in ligand specificity. Our results identify the ancestral bioactive jasmonate and clarify its biosynthetic pathway, demonstrate the functional conservation of its signaling pathway, and show that JA-Ile and COI1 emergence in vascular plants required co-evolution of hormone biosynthetic complexity and receptor specificity.
Authors: Calvo-Polanco, M.; Ibort, P.; Molina, S.; et al.
Journal: PLANTA
ISSN 0032-0935  Vol. 246  Nº 5  2017  pp. 987 - 997
The effect of ethylene and its precursor ACC on root hydraulic properties, including aquaporin expression and abundance, is modulated by relative air humidity and plant sensitivity to ethylene. Relative air humidity (RH) is a main factor contributing to water balance in plants. Ethylene (ET) is known to be involved in the regulation of root water uptake and stomatal opening although its role on plant water balance under different RH is not very well understood. We studied, at the physiological, hormonal and molecular levels (aquaporins expression, abundance and phosphorylation state), the plant responses to exogenous 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC; precursor of ET) and 2-aminoisobutyric acid (AIB; inhibitor of ET biosynthesis), after 24 h of application to the roots of tomato wild type (WT) plants and its ET-insensitive never ripe (nr) mutant, at two RH levels: regular (50%) and close to saturation RH. Highest RH induced an increase of root hydraulic conductivity (Lp(o)) of non-treated WT plants, and the opposite effect in nr mutants. The treatment with ACC reduced Lp(o) in WT plants at low RH and in nr plants at high RH. The application of AIB increased Lp(o) only in nr plants at high RH. In untreated plants, the RH treatment changed the abundance and phosphorylation of aquaporins that affected differently both genotypes according to their ET sensitivity. We show that RH is critical in regulating root hydraulic properties, and that Lp(o) is affected by the plant sensitivity to ET, and possibly to ACC, by regulating aquaporins expression and their phosphorylation status. These results incorporate the relationship between RH and ET in the response of Lp(o) to environmental changes.
Authors: J.M.; Zamarreño, Ángel; et al.
Journal: ENVIRONMENTAL AND EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY
ISSN 0098-8472  Vol. 143  2017  pp. 10 - 19
The use of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) is a proven management strategy to improve plant growth. The aim was to reveal the genomic and proteomic basis of the plant tolerance to saline soil conditions. Combination of whole transcriptome analysis and proteomic profiling helped further the understanding of the complexity of salt tolerance responses. Arabidopsis plants were grown inoculated or not with Bacillus megaterium and irrigated or not with salt. Physiological, genomic and proteomic approaches were combined to reveal plant salt tolerance mechanisms. Microarray analyses revealed the up-regulation of the jasmonic acid metabolism (CYP94B3, lipooxigenase 4 and allene-oxide cyclase) under saline conditions. Knock-out mutants of the gene of interest CYP94B3, responsible of JA-Ile catabolism, were used to confirm the obtained results. Salinity resulted in leaf Na accumulation with decreased chlorophyll content, but PGPR inoculation helped to overcome the stress. Proteomic analysis showed enhanced monodehydroascorbate reductase (MDHAR) content together with ATP synthase. CYP94B3 knock-out plants confirmed the key role of JA-Ile turnover to overcome moderate saline stress. Subsequent experimentation showed that CYP94B3 was important for salt tolerance under moderate and severe salt stress. Inoculation with B. megaterium was a valuable tool to reveal the importance of JA-Ile turnover and to recover Arabidopsis plants from saline stress.
Authors: Manzano, C.; Pallero-Baena, M.; J.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY
ISSN 0022-0957  Vol. 68  Nº 18  2017  pp. 5103 - 5116
Plant roots have the potential capacity to grow almost indefinitely if meristematic and lateral branching is sustained. In a genetic screen we identified an Arabidopsis mutant showing limited root growth (lrg1) due to defects in cell division and elongation in the root meristem. Positional cloning determined that lrg1 affects an alpha-1,2-mannosyltransferase gene, LEW3, involved in protein N-glycosylation. The lrg1 mutation causes a synonymous substitution that alters the correct splicing of the fourth intron in LEW3, causing a mix of wild-type and truncated protein. LRG1 RNA missplicing in roots and short root phenotypes in lrg1 are light-intensity dependent. This mutation disrupts a GC-base pair in a three-base-pair stem with a four-nucleotide loop, which seems to be necessary for correct LEW3 RNA splicing. We found that the lrg1 short root phenotype correlates with high levels of reactive oxygen species and low pH in the apoplast. Proteomic analyses of N-glycosylated proteins identified GLU23/PYK10 and PRX34 as N-glycosylation targets of LRG1 activity. The lrg1 mutation reduces the positive interaction between Arabidopsis and Serendipita indica. A prx34 mutant showed a significant reduction in root growth, which is additive to lrg1. Taken together our work highlights the important role of N-glycosylation in root growth and development.
Authors: Kulikova, N. A.; Polyakov, A. Y.; Lebedev, V. A. ; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY
ISSN 0021-8561  Vol. 65  Nº 51  2017  pp. 11157 - 11169
Availability of Fe in soil to plants is closely related to the presence of humic substances (HS). Still, the systematic data on applicability of iron-based nanomaterials stabilized with HS as a source for plant nutrition are missing. The goal of our study was to establish a connection between properties of iron-based materials stabilized by HS and their bioavailability to plants. We have prepared two samples of leonardite HS-stabilized iron-based materials with substantially different properties using the reported protocols and studied their physical chemical state in relation to iron uptake and other biological effects. We used Mossbauer spectroscopy, XRD, SAXS, and TEM to conclude on iron speciation, size, and crystallinity. One material (Fe-HA) consisted of polynuclear iron(III) (hydr)oxide complexes, so-called ferric polymers, distributed in HS matrix. These complexes are composed of predominantly amorphous small-size components (<5 nm) with inclusions of larger crystalline particles (the mean size of (11 4) nm). The other material was composed of well-crystalline feroxyhyte (delta'-FeOOH) NPs with mean transverse sizes of (35 20) nm stabilized by small amounts of HS. Bioavailability studies were conducted on wheat plants under conditions of iron deficiency. The uptake studies have shown that small and amorphous ferric polymers were readily translocated into the leaves on the level of Fe-EDTA, whereas relatively large and crystalline feroxyhyte NPs were mostly sorbed on the roots. The obtained data are consistent with the size exclusion limits of cell wall pores (5-20 nm). Both samples demonstrated distinct beneficial effects with respect to photosynthetic activity and lipid biosynthesis. The obtained results might be of use for production of iron-based nanomaterials stabilized by HS with the tailored iron availability to plants. They can be applied as the only source for iron nutrition as well as in combination with the other elements, for example, for industrial production of "nanofortified" macrofertilizers (NPK).
Authors: Ibort, P.; Molina, S.; Nunez, R.; et al.
Journal: ANNALS OF BOTANY
ISSN 0305-7364  Vol. 120  Nº 1  2017  pp. 101 - 122
Background and Aims Plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) are soil micro-organisms able to interact with plants and stimulate their growth, positively affecting plant physiology and development. Although ethylene plays a key role in plant growth, little is known about the involvement of ethylene sensitivity in bacterial inoculation effects on plant physiology. Thus, the present study was pursued to establish whether ethylene perception is critical for plant-bacteria interaction and growth induction by two different PGPB strains, and to assess the physiological effects of these strains in juvenile and mature tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) plants. Methods An experiment was performed with the ethylene-insensitive tomato never ripe and its isogenic wildtype line in which these two strains were inoculated with either Bacillus megaterium or Enterobacter sp. C7. Plants were grown until juvenile and mature stages, when biomass, stomatal conductance, photosynthesis as well as nutritional, hormonal and metabolic statuses were analysed. Key Results Bacillus megaterium promoted growth only in mature wild type plants. However, Enterobacter C7 PGPB activity affected both wild-type and never ripe plants. Furthermore, PGPB inoculation affected physiological parameters and root metabolite levels in juvenile plants; meanwhile plant nutrition was highly dependent on ethylene sensitivity and was altered at the mature stage. Bacillus megaterium inoculation improved carbon assimilation in wild-type plants. However, insensitivity to ethylene compromised B. megaterium PGPB activity, affecting photosynthetic efficiency, plant nutrition and the root sugar content. Nevertheless, Enterobacter C7 inoculation modified the root amino acid content in addition to stomatal conductance and plant nutrition. Conclusions Insensitivity to ethylene severely impaired B. megaterium interaction with tomato plants, resulting in physiological modifications and loss of PGPB activity. In contrast, Enterobacter C7 inoculation stimulated growth independently of ethylene perception and improved nitrogen assimilation in ethylene-insensitive plants. Thus, ethylene sensitivity is a determinant for B. megaterium, but is not involved in Enterobacter C7 PGPB activity.
Authors: Olaetxea, Maite; V.; García, A. C.; et al.
Journal: PLANT SIGNALLING & BEHAVIOR
ISSN 1559-2316  Vol. 11  Nº 4  2016  pp. e1161878
Numerous studies have shown the ability of humic substances to improve plant development. This action is normally reflected in an enhancement of crop yields and quality. However, the mechanisms responsible for this action of humic substances remain rather unknown. Our studies have shown that the shoot promoting action of sedimentary humic acids is dependent of its ability to increase root hydraulic conductivity through signaling pathways related to ABA, which in turn is affected in roots by humic acids in an IAA-NO dependent way. Furthermore, these studies also indicate that the primary action of humic acids in roots might also be physical, resulting from a transient mild stress caused by humic acids associated with a fouling-cleaning cycle of wall cell pores. Finally the role of alternative signal molecules, such as ROS, and corresponding signaling pathways are also discussed and modeled in the context of the above-mentioned framework.
Authors: Garcia, A. C.; Olaetxea, Maite; Santos, L. A.; et al.
Journal: BIOMED RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL
ISSN 2314-6133  Vol. 2016  2016  pp. 3747501
The importance of soil humus in soil fertility has been well established many years ago. However, the knowledge about the whole mechanisms by which humic molecules in the rhizosphere improve plant growth remains partial and rather fragmentary. In this review we discuss the relationships between two main signaling pathway families that are affected by humic substances within the plant: one directly related to hormonal action and the other related to reactive oxygen species (ROS). In this sense, our aims are to try the integration of all these events in a more comprehensive model and underline some points in the model that remain unclear and deserve further research.
Authors: García-Mina, José María; I. , (Autor de correspondencia)
Journal: FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE
ISSN 1664-462X  Vol. 6  Nº 1131  2016 
Authors: B.; JM; Zamarreño, Ángel; et al.
Journal: MYCORRHIZA
ISSN 0940-6360  Vol. 26  Nº 2  2016  pp. 111 - 122
Hormonal regulation and symbiotic relationships provide benefits for plants to overcome stress conditions. The aim of this study was to elucidate the effects of exogenous methyl jasmonate (MeJA) application on root hydraulic conductivity (L) of Phaseolus vulgaris plants which established arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbiosis under two water regimes (well-watered and drought conditions). The variation in endogenous contents of several hormones (MeJA, JA, abscisic acid (ABA), indol-3-acetic acid (IAA), salicylic acid (SA)) and the changes in aquaporin gene expression, protein abundance and phosphorylation state were analyzed. AM symbiosis decreased L under well-watered conditions, which was partially reverted by the MeJA treatment, apparently by a drop in root IAA contents. Also, AM symbiosis and MeJA prevented inhibition of L under drought conditions, most probably by a reduction in root SA contents. Additionally, the gene expression of two fungal aquaporins was upregulated under drought conditions, independently of the MeJA treatment. Plant aquaporin gene expression could not explain the behaviour of L. Conversely, evidence was found for the control of L by phosphorylation of aquaporins. Hence, MeJA addition modified the response of L to both AM symbiosis and drought, presumably by regulating the root contents of IAA and SA and the phosphorylation state of aquaporins.
Authors: R; B; Urarte, E; et al.
Journal: FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE
ISSN 1664-462X  Vol. 7  2016  pp. 140
We aimed to identify the early stress response and plant performance of Medicago truncatula growing in axenic medium with ammonium or urea as the sole source of nitrogen, with respect to nitrate-based nutrition. Biomass measurements, auxin content analyses, root system architecture (RSA) response analyses, and physiological parameters were determined. Both ammonium and ureic nutrition severely affected the RSA, resulting in changes in the main elongation rate, lateral root development, and insert position from the root base. The auxin content decreased in both urea- and ammonium-treated roots; however, only the ammonium-treated plants were affected at the shoot level. The analysis of chlorophyll a fluorescence transients showed that ammonium affected photosystem II, but urea did not impair photosynthetic activity. Superoxide dismutase isoenzymes in the plastids were moderately affected by urea and ammonium in the roots. Overall, our results showed that low N doses from different sources had no remarkable effects on M. truncatula, with the exception of the differential phenotypic root response. High doses of both ammonium and urea caused great changes in plant length, auxin contents and physiological measurements. Interesting correlations were found between the shoot auxin pool and both plant length and the "performance index" parameter, which is obtained from measurements of the kinetics of chlorophyll a fluorescence.
Authors: AC, (Autor de correspondencia); LG; MG; et al.
Journal: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS
ISSN 2045-2322  Vol. 6  Nº 20798  2016 
Knowledge of the structure-property-function relationship of humic substances (HSs) is key for understanding their role in soil. Despite progress, studies on this topic are still under discussion. We analyzed 37 humic fractions with respect to their isotopic composition, structural characteristics, and properties responsible for stimulating plant root parameters. We showed that regardless of the source of origin of the carbon (C3 or C4), soil-extracted HSs and humic acids (HAs) are structurally similar to each other. The more labile and functionalized HS fraction is responsible for root emission, whereas the more recalcitrant and less functionalized HA fraction is related to root growth. Labile structures promote root stimulation at lower concentrations, while recalcitrant structures require higher concentrations to promote a similar stimulus. These findings show that lability and recalcitrance, which are derived properties of humic fractions, are related to the type and intensity of their bioactivity. In summary, the comparison of humic fractions allowed a better understanding of the relationship between the source of origin of plant carbon and the structure, properties, and type and intensity of the bioactivity of HSs in plants. In this study, scientific concepts are unified and the basis for the agronomic use of HSs is established.
Authors: T.C.; G.; C.; et al.
Journal: PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
ISSN 0032-0889  Vol. 171  Nº 2  2016  pp. 1418 - 1426
The presence of arsenic in soil and water is a constant threat to plant growth in many regions of the world. Phytohormones act in the integration of growth control and stress response, but their role in plant responses to arsenic remains to be elucidated. Here, we show that arsenate [As(V)], the most prevalent arsenic chemical species in nature, causes severe depletion of endogenous cytokinins (CKs) in the model plant Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana). We found that CK signaling mutants and transgenic plants with reduced endogenous CK levels showed an As(V)-tolerant phenotype. Our data indicate that in CK-depleted plants exposed to As(V), transcript levels of As(V)/phosphate-transporters were similar or even higher than in wild-type plants. In contrast, CK depletion provoked the coordinated activation of As(V) tolerance mechanisms, leading to the accumulation of thiol compounds such as phytochelatins and glutathione, which are essential for arsenic sequestration. Transgenic CK-deficient Arabidopsis and tobacco lines show a marked increase in arsenic accumulation. Our findings indicate that CK is an important regulatory factor in plant adaptation to arsenic stress.
Authors: V.; Maillard, A.; Coquete, L.; et al.
Journal: PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
ISSN 0981-9428  Vol. 107  2016  pp. 337 - 343
In order to cope with variable mineral nutrient availability, higher plants have developed numerous strategies including the remobilization of nutrients from source to sink tissues. However, such processes remain relatively unknown for magnesium (Mg), which is the third most important cation in plant tissues. Using Mg depletion of Brassica napus, we have demonstrated that Mg is remobilized from old leaves to young shoot tissues. Moreover, this study showed that Mg depletion induces modification of nutrient uptake, especially Zn and Mn. Finally, comparative proteomic analysis of old leaves (source of Mg) revealed amongst other results that some proteins requiring Mg for their functionality (isocitrate dehydrogenase for example) were up-regulated. Moreover, down-regulation of proteases suggested that mobilization of Mg from old leaves was not associated with senescence.
Authors: S; JJ; A; et al.
Journal: PLANT AND SOIL
ISSN 0032-079X  Vol. 402  2016  pp. 27 - 45
Aims: Using Fe- and Mn-deficient Solanum lycopersicum plants, we investigated the effects of Fe and Mn foliar fertilisers, either individually or combined, on plant biomass, leaf chlorophyll and metal micronutrient levels in leaves and roots. Methods: Plants were grown in hydroponics with different combinations of 0 or 45 ¿M Fe and 0 or 4.6 ¿M Mn. Foliar fertiliser formulations (9 mM FeSO4 and/or 3 mM MnSO4, supplemented with a surfactant) were applied in three consecutive doses. Fertilisation was applied to the first three leaf levels, while upper leaf levels were left untreated. Results: Iron and Mn deficiency led to characteristic symptoms. Foliar treatments increased concentrations of Fe and Mn, biomass and chlorophyll in treated leaves, although re-greening was incomplete. Approximately 11¿12 % of the Fe increase was in roots (likely mediated via phloem transport), but no Fe increase occurred in untreated leaves. Regarding Mn, a 2 % increase occurred in untreated leaves, but no increase occurred in roots. Conclusions Iron fertilisation was effective not only in leaves treated with the fertiliser but also in roots, whereas Mn fertilisation had major effects on treated leaves and minor effects on untreated ones. The combined application of Fe + Mn was not detrimental to Fe- or Mn-deficient plants.
Authors: RV; R; P; et al.
Journal: RENEWABLE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS
ISSN 1742-1705  Vol. 31  Nº 5  2016  pp. 402 - 413
A 3-year (2011-2013) field trial was carried out in a mature vineyard (Vitis vinifera L., cv. Sangiovese), planted in 2003, to assess physiological responses of grapevines to biodynamic management. Starting in 2007, the vineyard was managed with organic production protocols in accordance with EC Regulations (834/2007). In 2008, the vineyard (2 ha) was divided in two large plots, with each plot having similar soil physico-chemical properties. One of the plots was managed with organic protocols per EC Regulations and the other with biodynamic practices, consisting of spray application of preparations 500, 500 K, fladen and 501. During the 2011-2013 season, the biodynamic preparations were used at least twice per year, with the exception of 501 that was applied only once in 2013. Concentration of hormones and mineral elements in biodynamic preparations were determined. Biodynamically managed vines showed lower stomatal conductance in all years and lower leaf water potential in 2012. Leaf photosynthetic activity was not influenced by cultivation method. Biodynamic management led to an increase in leaf enzymatic activities of endochitinase (EC 3.2.1.14), exochitinase (ß-N-acetylhexosaminidase, EC 3.2.1.52 and chitin 1,4-ß-chitobiosidase) and ß-1,3-glucanase (EC 3.2.1.39), which are typically correlated with plant biotic and abiotic stresses and associated with induced plant resistance.
Authors: JM; R; Zamarreño, Ángel; et al.
Journal: PLANT CELL AND ENVIRONMENT
ISSN 0140-7791  Vol. 39  Nº 2  2016  pp. 441 - 522
Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbiosis alleviates drought stress in plants. However, the intimate mechanisms involved, as well as its effect on the production of signalling molecules associated with the host plant-AM fungus interaction remains largely unknown. In the present work, the effects of drought on lettuce and tomato plant performance and hormone levels were investigated in non-AM and AM plants. Three different water regimes were applied, and their effects were analysed over time. AM plants showed an improved growth rate and efficiency of photosystem II than non-AM plants under drought from very early stages of plant colonization. The levels of the phytohormone abscisic acid, as well as the expression of the corresponding marker genes, were influenced by drought stress in non-AM and AM plants. The levels of strigolactones and the expression of corresponding marker genes were affected by both AM symbiosis and drought. The results suggest that AM symbiosis alleviates drought stress by altering the hormonal profiles and affecting plant physiology in the host plant. In addition, a correlation between AM root colonization, strigolactone levels and drought severity is shown, suggesting that under these unfavourable conditions, plants might increase strigolactone production in order to promote symbiosis establishment to cope with the stress.
Authors: Abros'kin, D. P., (Autor de correspondencia); Fuentes, Marta; García-Mina, José María; et al.
Journal: EURASIAN SOIL SCIENCE
ISSN 1064-2293  Vol. 49  Nº 10  2016  pp. 1099 - 1108
The effect of humic acids (HAs) and their iron complexes (Fe¿HAs) on the input of the main mineral elements into wheat seedlings, as well as on the efficiency of photosynthesis and the lipid profile of plants, under iron deficiency has been studied. The input of iron from Fe¿HA complexes and its predominant accumulation in roots are demonstrated. It is found that HAs increase the efficiency of photosynthesis due to enhanced electron transport in photosystem II. It is shown that the application of HAs and Fe¿HAs is accompanied by an enhanced input of Zn into plants, which could increase the antioxidant status of plants under iron deficiency conditions. In addition, a pronounced increase in the content of lipids in plants is revealed, which is indicative of the effect of HAs on plant metabolism. The obtained results suggest that the positive effect of Fe¿HAs and HAs on plants under iron deficiency conditions is due to a combination of factors, among which the effect of HAs on the antioxidant status of plants and the plant lipid metabolism predominates.
Authors: A.C.; L.A.; L.G.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
ISSN 0176-1617  Vol. 192  2016  pp. 56 - 63
This work aims to determine the reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation, gene expression, anti-oxidant enzyme activity, and derived effects on membrane lipid peroxidation and certain stress markers (proline and malondialdehyde-MDA) in the roots of unstressed and PEG-stressed rice plants associated with vermicompost humic acid (VCHA) application. The results show that the application of VCHA to the roots of unstressed rice plants caused a slight but significant increase in root ROS accumulation and the gene expression and activity of the major anti-oxidant enzymes (superoxide dismutase and peroxidase). This action did not have negative effects on root development, and an increase in both root growth and root proliferation occurred. However, the root proline and MDA concentrations and the root permeability results indicate the development of a type of mild stress associated with VCHA application. When VCHA was applied to PEG-stressed plants, a clear alleviation of the inhibition in root development linked to PEG-mediated osmotic stress was observed. This was associated with a reduction in root ROS production and anti-oxidant enzymatic activity caused by osmotic stress. This alleviation of stress caused by VCHA was also reflected as a reduction in the PEG-mediated concentration of MDA in the root as well as root permeability.
Authors: I.; Aroca, R.; M.; et al.
Journal: PHYSIOLOGIA PLANTARUM
ISSN 0031-9317  Vol. 155  Nº 3  2015  pp. 338 - 354
Although climate scenarios have predicted an increase in [CO2] and temperature conditions, to date few experiments have focused on the interaction of [CO2] and temperature effects in wheat development. Recent evidence suggests that photosynthetic acclimation is linked to the photorespiration and N assimilation inhibition of plants exposed to elevated CO2. The main goal of this study was to analyze the effect of interacting [CO2] and temperature on leaf photorespiration, C/N metabolism and N transport in wheat plants exposed to elevated [CO2] and temperature conditions. For this purpose, wheat plants were exposed to elevated [CO2] (400 vs 700 mu molmol(-1)) and temperature (ambient vs ambient+4 degrees C) in CO2 gradient greenhouses during the entire life cycle. Although at the agronomic level, elevated temperature had no effect on plant biomass, physiological analyses revealed that combined elevated [CO2] and temperature negatively affected photosynthetic performance. The limited energy levels resulting from the reduced respiratory and photorespiration rates of such plants were apparently inadequate to sustain nitrate reductase activity. Inhibited N assimilation was associated with a strong reduction in amino acid content, conditioned leaf soluble protein content and constrained leaf N status. Therefore, the plant response to elevated [CO2] and elevated temperature resulted in photosynthetic acclimation. The reduction in transpiration rates induced limitations in nutrient transport in leaves of plants exposed to elevated [CO2] and temperature, led to mineral depletion and therefore contributed to the inhibition of photosynthetic activity.
Authors: Stamatiadis, S., (Autor de correspondencia); Evangelou, L.; Yvin, J. C.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYCOLOGY
ISSN 0921-8971  Vol. 27  Nº 1  2015  pp. 589 - 600
A greenhouse experiment was conducted to evaluate the effects of foliar application of an Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed extract (AZAL5) on the growth, nutrient uptake, and yield of winter wheat in a surface soil of the Thessaly Plain classified as TypicXerorthent. Twelve treatment combinations in a randomized complete block design with a factorial arrangement were composed of two rates of inorganic fertilizer (0 and 50 ppm N), three rates of AZAL5 (0, 1.5, and 3 % diluted extract), and two levels of water supply (75 and 45 % of field capacity). Under soil P and K sufficiency, the addition of fertilizer N greatly increased grain yield and nutrient uptake in the shoots (N and K) and grain (N, P, and K). Reduced water supply decreased grain yield and caused water stress as evidenced by decreased ¿13C in the N-deficient treatments and decreased nutrient uptake. AZAL5 application caused increased grain K uptake and a 25 % increase in yield only when mineral N was added. Differences in the efficacy of the two AZAL5 concentrations indicated that optimal dilution ratios were directly or indirectly dependent on soil water content. Complex interaction effects between AZAL5 and water supply on grain ¿13C could not be explained by conventional physiological response to water stress. The lack of biomass, nutrient content, and ¿13C differences between AZAL5 and control treatments in the shoot indicated that the reproductive organs of wheat were the main site of biostimulant action.
Authors: E.; P.; A.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY
ISSN 0022-0957  Vol. 66  Nº 20  2015  pp. 6175 - 6189
Identification of early sulphur (S) deficiency indicators is important for species such as Brassica napus, an S-demanding crop in which yield and the nutritional quality of seeds are negatively affected by S deficiency. Because S is mostly stored as SO42- in leaf cell vacuoles and can be mobilized during S deficiency, this study investigated the impact of S deprivation on leaf osmotic potential in order to identify compensation processes. Plants were exposed for 28 days to S or to chlorine deprivation in order to differentiate osmotic and metabolic responses. While chlorine deprivation had no significant effects on growth, osmotic potential and nitrogen metabolism, Brassica napus revealed two response periods to S deprivation. The first one occurred during the first 13 days during which plant growth was maintained as a result of vacuolar SO42- mobilization. In the meantime, leaf osmotic potential of S-deprived plants remained similar to control plants despite a reduction in the SO42- osmotic contribution, which was fully compensated by an increase in NO3-, PO43- and Cl- accumulation. The second response occurred after 13 days of S deprivation with a significant reduction in growth, leaf osmotic potential, NO3- uptake and NO3- reductase activity, whereas amino acids and NO3- were accumulated. This kinetic analysis of S deprivation suggested that a ([Cl-]+[NO3-]+[PO43-]):[SO42-] ratio could provide a relevant indicator of S deficiency,
Authors: A.; S.; V; et al.
Journal: FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE
ISSN 1664-462X  Vol. 6  Nº 317  2015 
Higher plants have to cope with fluctuating mineral resource availability. However, strategies such as stimulation of root growth, increased transporter activities, and nutrient storage and remobilization have been mostly studied for only a few macronutrients. Leaves of cultivated crops (Zea mays, Brassica napus, Pisum sativum, Triticum aestivum, Hordeum vulgare) and tree species (Quercus robur, Populus nigra, Alnus glutinosa) grown under field conditions were harvested regularly during their life span and analyzed to evaluate the net mobilization of 13 nutrients during leaf senescence. While N was remobilized in all plant species with different efficiencies ranging from 40% (maize) to 90% (wheat), other macronutrients (K-P-S-Mg) were mobilized in most species. Ca and Mn, usually considered as having low phloem mobility were remobilized from leaves in wheat and barley. Leaf content of Cu-Mo-Ni-B-Fe-Zn decreased in some species, as a result of remobilization. Overall, wheat, barley and oak appeared to be the most efficient at remobilization while poplar and maize were the least efficient. Further experiments were performed with rapeseed plants subjected to individual nutrient deficiencies. Compared to field conditions, remobilization from leaves was similar (N-S-Cu) or increased by nutrient deficiency (K-P-Mg) while nutrient deficiency had no effect on Mo-Zn-B-Ca-Mn, which seemed to be non-mobile during leaf senescence under field conditions.
Authors: J.; M.A.; C.; et al.
Journal: PLANT JOURNAL
ISSN 0960-7412  Vol. 84  2015  pp. 244 - 255
In nature roots grow in the dark and away from light (negative phototropism). However, most current research in root biology has been carried out with the root system grown in the presence of light. Here, we have engineered a device, called Dark-Root (D-Root), to grow plants in vitro with the aerial part exposed to the normal light/dark photoperiod while the roots are in the dark or exposed to specific wavelengths or light intensities. D-Root provides an efficient system for cultivating a large number of seedlings and easily characterizing root architecture in the dark. At the morphological level, root illumination shortens root length and promotes early emergence of lateral roots, therefore inducing expansion of the root system. Surprisingly, root illumination also affects shoot development, including flowering time. Our analyses also show that root illumination alters the proper response to hormones or abiotic stress (e.g. salt or osmotic stress) and nutrient starvation, enhancing inhibition of root growth. In conclusion, D-Root provides a growing system closer to the natural one for assaying Arabidopsis plants, and therefore its use will contribute to a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in root development, hormonal signaling and stress responses.
Authors: Olaetxea, Maite; Mora, V.; Bacaicoa, E.; et al.
Journal: PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
ISSN 0032-0889  Vol. 169  Nº 4  2015  pp. 2587 - 2596
The physiological and metabolic mechanisms behind the humic acid-mediated plant growth enhancement are discussed in detail. Experiments using cucumber (Cucumis sativus) plants show that the shoot growth enhancement caused by a structurally well-characterized humic acid with sedimentary origin is functionally associated with significant increases in abscisic acid (ABA) root concentration and root hydraulic conductivity. Complementary experiments involving a blocking agent of cell wall pores and water root transport (polyethylenglycol) show that increases in root hydraulic conductivity are essential in the shoot growth-promoting action of the model humic acid. Further experiments involving an inhibitor of ABA biosynthesis in root and shoot (fluridone) show that the humic acid-mediated enhancement of both root hydraulic conductivity and shoot growth depended on ABA signaling pathways. These experiments also show that a significant increase in the gene expression of the main root plasma membrane aquaporins is associated with the increase of root hydraulic conductivity caused by the model humic acid. Finally, experimental data suggest that all of these actions of model humic acid on root functionality, which are linked to its beneficial action on plant shoot growth, are likely related to the conformational structure of humic acid in solution and its interaction with the cell wall at the root surface.
Authors: V.; A.; Garnica, María; et al.
Journal: PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
ISSN 0981-9428  Vol. 86  2015  pp. 66 - 71
The importance of zinc (Zn) has been of little concern in human nutrition despite a strong decrease of this element in crops since the rise of high yielding varieties. For better food quality, Zn biofortification can be used, but will be optimal only if mechanisms governing Zn management are better known. Using Zn deficiency, we are able to demonstrate that Zn is not remobilized in Brassica napus (B. napus). Thus, remobilization processes should not be targeted by biofortification strategies. This study also complemented previous work by investigating leaf responses to Zn deficiency, especially from proteomic and ionomic points of view, showing for example, an increase in Manganese (Mn) content and of the Mn-dependent protein, Oxygen Evolving Enhancer.
Authors: Vetvicka, V.; García-Mina, José María; Proctor, M.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF MEDICINAL FOOD
ISSN 1096-620X  Vol. 18  Nº 5  2015  pp. 572 - 577
Humic acids (HAs) have a rather pleiotropic presence, however, their biological effects are still unclear. In this study, we focused on possible hepatoprotective effects of either HA alone or in combination with ß-glucan. Using a model of experimental hepatotoxicity caused by carbon tetrachloride (CCL4), we showed that both HA and the glucan-HA combination offered significant protection against hepatotoxicity, with the combination offering superior effects. Our biochemical observations were confirmed by histological evaluation. Based on the experimental data, we conclude that whereas HA has significant effects, the synergy with glucan offers superior effects.
Authors: Sánchez-Romera, B.; Ruiz-Lozano, J. M.; Li, G.; et al.
Journal: PLANT CELL AND ENVIRONMENT
ISSN 0140-7791  Vol. 37  Nº 4  2014  pp. 995 - 1008
The role of jasmonic acid in the induction of stomatal closure is well known. However, its role in regulating root hydraulic conductivity (L) has not yet been explored. The objectives of the present research were to evaluate how JA regulates L and how calcium and abscisic acid (ABA) could be involved in such regulation. We found that exogenous methyl jasmonate (MeJA) increased L of Phaseolus vulgaris, Solanum lycopersicum and Arabidopsis thaliana roots. Tomato plants defective in JA biosynthesis had lower values of L than wild-type plants, and that L was restored by addition of MeJA. The increase of L by MeJA was accompanied by an increase of the phosphorylation state of the aquaporin PIP2. We observed that MeJA addition increased the concentration of cytosolic calcium and that calcium channel blockers inhibited the rise of L caused by MeJA. Treatment with fluoridone, an inhibitor of ABA biosynthesis, partially inhibited the increase of L caused by MeJA, and tomato plants defective in ABA biosynthesis increased their L after application of MeJA. It is concluded that JA enhances L and that this enhancement is linked to calcium and ABA dependent and independent signalling pathways.
Authors: V.; P.; L.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF PLANT GROWTH REGULATION
ISSN 0721-7595  Vol. 33  Nº 2  2014  pp. 305 - 316
Different strategies, known as crop biofortification, can be used to increase micronutrient concentrations in harvested parts to reduce nutrient deficiencies in the human diet. Apart from fertilization and genetic selection, a more environmentally friendly, less expensive, and more immediate solution could rely on the use of biostimulants derived from natural materials. Two biostimulants, AZAL5 and HA7, which are derived from seaweed and black peat, respectively, have been previously described as promoting growth of Brassica napus and having a substantial effect on gene expression. They were further studied to evaluate their effects on N and S and a wide range of other nutrients (that is, K, Ca, P, Mg, Fe, Na, Mn, B, Si, Cu, and Zn). Providing these two biostimulants in the nutrient solution did not change the mineral supply significantly, but they mostly stimulated root growth and macronutrient uptake (N, S, K, and P) at a level similar to growth. Both biostimulants also stimulate chloroplast division. More surprisingly, they also increased Mg, Mn, Na, and Cu plant concentrations and root-to-shoot translocation of Fe and Zn. These observations were associated with an increased expression of a Cu transporter (COPT2) and NRAMP3, a gene putatively involved in Fe and Zn translocation. Overall, this study showed that specific nutrient balance and transport were stimulated by both biostimulants more significantly than growth, offering new perspectives for biofortification strateg.
Authors: M.; M.; Zamarreño, Ángel; et al.
Journal: PLANT AND CELL PHYSIOLOGY
ISSN 0032-0781  Vol. 55  Nº 5  2014  pp. 1017 - 1029
It is known that the presence of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi within the plant roots enhances the tolerance of the host plant to different environmental stresses, although the positive effect of the fungi in plants under waterlogged conditions has not been well studied. Tolerance of plants to flooding can be achieved through different molecular, physiological and anatomical adaptations, which will affect their water uptake capacity and therefore their root hydraulic properties. Here, we investigated the root hydraulic properties under non-flooded and flooded conditions in non-mycorrhizal tomato plants and plants inoculated with the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Rhizophagus irregularis. Only flooded mycorrhizal plants increased their root hydraulic conductivity, and this effect was correlated with a higher expression of the plant aquaporin SlPIP1;7 and the fungal aquaporin GintAQP1. There was also a higher abundance of the PIP2 protein phoshorylated at Ser280 in mycorrhizal flooded plants. The role of plant hormones (ethylene, ABA and IAA) in root hydraulic properties was also taken into consideration, and it was concluded that, in mycorrhizal flooded plants, ethylene has a secondary role regulating root hydraulic conductivity whereas IAA may be the key hormone that allows the enhancement of root hydraulic conductivity in mycorrhizal plants under low oxygen conditions.
Authors: Urrutia, Óscar; Erro, Javier; I.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF PLANT NUTRITION AND SOIL SCIENCE
ISSN 1436-8730  Vol. 177  2014  pp. 128 - 136
The aim of this review is to describe the main physicochemical characteristics of diverse typesof humic-metal-phosphate acid complexes. The effects of these complexes on phosphorus (P)fixation in soils with different pH values and physicochemical features and on plant phosphorusuptake are also discussed. Humic-metal-phosphate complexes have apparent stability con-stants in the same range as those of metal-humic complexes, in solutions with diverse pH andionic-strength values. Likewise, the molecular-size distribution of humic-metal-phosphate com-plexes as a function of pH is similar to that of potassium or sodium humates and metal-humiccomplexes. Humic-metal-phosphate complexes are able to decrease phosphate fixation in soilsand increase plant growth and phosphate uptake. Phosphorus fertilizers containing humic-metal-phosphate complexes proved to be efficient to improve plant growth and P uptake withrespect to conventional fertilizers such as single superphosphate. The values of parametersrelated to plant phosphorus-utilization efficiency (PUt E) suggest that the regulation of rootacquisition of phosphate from these complexes could involve the interregulation of a system forthe optimization of metabolic P utilization in the shoot and another system involving stressresponses of roots under phosphorus deficiency.
Authors: Kolodziej, A.; Fuentes, Marta; et al.
Journal: ADSORPTION-JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL ADSORPTION SOCIETY
ISSN 0929-5607  Vol. 20  Nº 5 - 6  2014  pp. 667 - 675
The effects of the humic acid (HA) nature and the activated carbon (AC) surface chemistry on the effectiveness of HA removal were investigated. Brown (BHA) and gray (GHA) humic acid fractions of different structure and physicochemical properties were tested in the adsorption process using mesoporous ACs. The modification of chemical structure and surface properties of AC was achieved by ammonization (AC/N) and hydrogen treatment (AC/H). Both approaches led to a decrease in the oxygen content followed by an increase in the carbon basicity, maintaining the porous texture of AC nearly unaltered. Over twice higher removal degree of BHA and GHA was observed for the modified ACs. The kinetics of adsorption of HA fractions have been discussed using the pseudo-second-order model and the intraparticle diffusion model. All ACs showed a higher adsorption capacity toward BHA compared to GHA, which is mainly attributed to the lower molecular weight of BHA. The shape of the equilibrium isotherms indicates a strong competition between water and HA molecules for adsorption sites of the carbon surface.
Authors: V.; A.; A.; et al.
Journal: PLOS ONE
ISSN 1932-6203  Vol. 9  Nº 10  2014 
During the last 40 years, crop breeding has strongly increased yields but has had adverse effects on the content of micronutrients, such as Fe, Mg, Zn and Cu, in edible products despite their sufficient supply in most soils. This suggests that micronutrient remobilization to edible tissues has been negatively selected. As a consequence, the aim of this work was to quantify the remobilization of Cu in leaves of Brassica napus L. during Cu deficiency and to identify the main metabolic processes that were affected so that improvements can be achieved in the future. While Cu deficiency reduced oilseed rape growth by less than 19% compared to control plants, Cu content in old leaves decreased by 61.4%, thus demonstrating a remobilization process between leaves. Cu deficiency also triggered an increase in Cu transporter expression in roots (COPT2) and leaves (HMA1), and more surprisingly, the induction of the MOT1 gene encoding a molybdenum transporter associated with a strong increase in molybdenum (Mo) uptake. Proteomic analysis of leaves revealed 33 proteins differentially regulated by Cu deficiency, among which more than half were located in chloroplasts. Eleven differentially expressed proteins are known to require Cu for their synthesis and/or activity. Enzymes that were located directly upstream or downstream of Cu-dependent enzymes were also differentially expressed.
Authors: MC; F.; García-Mina, José María; et al.
Journal: PHYSIOLOGIA PLANTARUM
ISSN 0031-9317  Vol. 151  Nº 4  2014  pp. 375 - 389
This study examines the extent to which the predicted CO2 -protective effects on the inhibition of growth, impairment of photosynthesis and nutrient imbalance caused by saline stress are mediated by an effective adaptation of the endogenous plant hormonal balance. Therefore, sweet pepper plants (Capsicum annuum, cv. Ciclón) were grown at ambient or elevated [CO2] (400 or 800 µmol mol(-1)) with a nutrient solution containing 0 or 80 mM NaCl. The results show that, under saline conditions, elevated [CO2] increased plant dry weight, leaf area, leaf relative water content and net photosynthesis compared with ambient [CO2], whilst the maximum potential quantum efficiency of photosystem II was not modified. In salt-stressed plants, elevated [CO2 ] increased leaf NO3(-) concentration and reduced Cl(-) concentration. Salinity stress induced ABA accumulation in the leaves but it was reduced in the roots at high [CO2], being correlated with the stomatal response. Under non-stressed conditions, IAA was dramatically reduced in the roots when high [CO2] was applied, which resulted in greater root DW and root respiration. Additionally, the observed high CK concentration in the roots (especially tZR) could prevent downregulation of photosynthesis at high [CO2], as the N level in the leaves was increased compared with the ambient [CO2], under salt-stress conditions. These results demonstrate that the hormonal balance was altered by the [CO2], which resulted in significant changes at the grow
Authors: V.; E.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF PLANT GROWTH REGULATION
ISSN 0721-7595  Vol. 33  Nº 2  2014  pp. 430 - 439
Previous studies have reported that a purified sedimentary humic acid (PHA) was able to increase the concentration of nitric oxide (NO), indole-acetic acid (IAA) and ethylene in cucumber roots. Here, we investigated if these effects are functionally related to the ability of PHA to improve shoot growth. The effect of specific inhibitors of NO, IAA and ethylene functionality and signaling on PHA-induced shoot growth was studied. Likewise, the effect of these inhibitors on the synthesis and activity of the phytoregulators concerned by PHA action in cucumber roots was also explored. The results show that shoot growth promoted by PHA is due to an increase of IAA concentration in the root through both a NO-dependent and a NO-independent pathway. In addition, the increased ethylene production in the root is regulated by an IAA-dependent pathway. Finally, results also showed that the increase of ABA concentration in the root is regulated through both IAA- and ethylene-dependent pathways. In summary, the shoot growth promoting action of PHA involves a complex hormonal network. On one hand, the PHA action is functionally linked to increments in NO and IAA concentration in roots. And on the other hand, PHA action also increases ethylene and ABA root concentration mediated by NO-IAA dependent pathways.
Authors: Pro, D.; Huguet, S.; Arkoun, M.; et al.
Journal: CARBOHYDRATE POLYMERS
ISSN 0144-8617  Vol. 112  2014  pp. 145 - 151
N-Butyl-phosphorotriamide (NBPT) is a fertilizer widely used for its urease inhibiting properties. Nevertheless, formulations currently commercialized are complex and do not avoid severe decrease of activity due to the low stability of the bioactive compound under acidic conditions. According to its structure, NPBT was thought to be able to interact with both polar additives, by its phosphoramide function, and hydrophobic ones, through its alkyl chain. In this context, and in order to simplify formulations of this bioactive compound, a panel of natural polysaccharides was studied, including starch, ß-(1,3)-glucans, carraghenans and alginates. We also used cyclodextrins, characterized the most stable inclusion complex with ¿-cyclodextrin and evaluated the stability of NBPT thus protected against hydrolysis under acidic conditions.
Authors: R.; Zamarreño, Ángel; García-Mina, José María; et al.
Journal: BMC PLANT BIOLOGY
ISSN 1471-2229  Vol. 14  Nº 36  2014  pp. 1 - 12
BACKGROUND: Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) are naturally occurring soil bacteria which benefit plants by improving plant productivity and immunity. The mechanisms involved in these processes include the regulation of plant hormone levels such as ethylene and abscisic acid (ABA). The aim of the present study was to determine whether the activity of Bacillus megaterium PGPR is affected by the endogenous ABA content of the host plant. The ABA-deficient tomato mutants flacca and sitiens and their near-isogenic wild-type parental lines were used. Growth, stomatal conductance, shoot hormone concentration, competition assay for colonization of tomato root tips, and root expression of plant genes expected to be modulated by ABA and PGPR were examined. RESULTS: Contrary to the wild-type plants in which PGPR stimulated growth rates, PGPR caused growth inhibition in ABA-deficient mutant plants. PGPR also triggered an over accumulation of ethylene in ABA-deficient plants which correlated with a higher expression of the pathogenesis-related gene Sl-PR1b. CONCLUSIONS: Positive correlation between over-accumulation of ethylene and a higher expression of Sl-PR1b in ABA-deficient mutant plants could indicate that maintenance of normal plant endogenous ABA content may be essential for the growth promoting action of B. megaterium by keeping low levels of ethylene production.
Authors: Kong, L., (Autor de correspondencia); Wang, F.; Lopez-Bellido, L.; et al.
Journal: PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY REPORTS
ISSN 1863-5466  Vol. 7  Nº 2  2013  pp. 129 - 139
Nitrogen (N) uptake is the first step in nitrate assimilation, and efficient N uptake is essential for plant growth, especially for protein biosynthesis and photosynthetic activities. In cereals, improved N uptake is closely coupled with an increase in nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) and yield improvements. Because wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is a leading crop worldwide, a better understanding of N uptake regulation in wheat is vital to improving NUE and developing sustainable agricultural systems. However, detailed information regarding the biological mechanisms that are responsible for the more efficient uptake of ambient N by wheat is limited. This review presents recent developments in the biological mechanisms of N uptake in wheat, including plant growth regulations, fundamental roles of root systems, interactions between N species, and genetic controls. Specifically, this paper provides a number of potential strategies that can be used to increase wheat N uptake. The information provided here may guide N fertilizer management during wheat production and further elucidate the plant regulatory mechanisms that are involved in N uptake, which can thereby increase wheat NUE.
Authors: C., (Autor de correspondencia); García-Mina, José María; C.; et al.
Journal: BIOLOGY AND FERTILITY OF SOILS
ISSN 0178-2762  Vol. 49  Nº 4  2013  pp. 395 - 401
Organic complexed super-phosphates (CSPs) are formed by the complexation of humic acid (HA) with calcium monophosphate. The aim of this study was to determine whether two CSPs, characterized by different HA concentrations, added to a calcareous soil at an agronomic dose, were able to maintain the phosphorus (P) in a soluble form longer than the superphosphate fertilizer. Another important goal was to verify if CSP could positively influence soil microbial biomass and soil microbiological activities. Organic complexed super-phosphates were capable of keeping a large portion of P in a soluble form under different soil water conditions. In particular, the CSP with the highest organic C content was the most effective product, capable of maintaining, in an available form, the 73 % of the initially added P at the end of the experiment. In addition, it was the most effective in increasing C¿CO2 soil emission, microbial biomass carbon (C) and nitrogen (N), fluoresceine diacetate hydrolysis and activities of alkaline phosphomonoesterase, ß-glucosidase and urease. The addition of CSPs to soil probably produced a priming effect, increasing several times C¿CO2 release by the treated soil. The significant correlation (p¿<¿0.05) between C¿CO2 emission and the amount of C added to soil by CSP suggests that the added HA acted as trigger molecules.
Authors: Jannin, L.; Arkoun, M.; Etienne, P.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF PLANT GROWTH REGULATION
ISSN 0721-7595  Vol. 32  Nº 1  2013  pp. 31 - 52
Despite its high capacity to take up nitrate from soil, winter rapeseed (Brassica napus) is characterized by a low N recovery in seeds. Thus, to maintain yield, rapeseed requires a high fertilization rate. Increasing nutrient use efficiency in rapeseed by addition of a biostimulant could help improve its agroenvironmental balance. The effects of marine brown seaweed Ascophyllum nodosum on plant growth have been well described physiologically. However, to our knowledge, no study has focused on transcriptomic analyses to determine metabolic targets of these extracts. A preliminary screening of different extracts revealed a significant effect of one of them (AZAL5) on rapeseed root (+102 %) and shoot (+23 %) growth. Microarray analysis was then used on AZAL5-treated or nontreated plants to characterize changes in gene expression that were further supported by physiological evidence. Stimulation of nitrogen uptake (+21 and +115 % in shoots and roots, respectively) and assimilation was increased in a similar manner to growth, whereas sulfate content (+63 and +133 % in shoots and roots, respectively) was more strongly stimulated leading to sulfate accumulation. Among the identified genes whose expression was affected by AZAL5, MinE, a plastid division regulator, was the most strongly affected. Its effect was supported by microscopic analysis showing an enhancement of chloroplast number per cell and starch content but without a significant difference in net photosynthetic rate.
Authors: Vetvicka, V., (Autor de correspondencia); Vashishta, A.; Fuentes, Marta; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF MEDICINAL FOOD
ISSN 1096-620X  Vol. 16  Nº 7  2013  pp. 625 - 632
Despite the rather common presence of humic acid (HA), our full knowledge of its biological effect is still lacking. In this article, we first performed a physicochemical characterization of several HAs, and next, we evaluated their ability to affect interleukin-2 secretion, antibody secretion, wound healing (an in vitro model using HaCaT cells), cancer growth (the Lewis lung carcinoma model), and protection against hepatotoxicity. In all tested reactions, HA showed significant stimulation on immune reactions, including suppression of cancer growth and inhibition of lipopolysaccharide-induced hepatotoxicity. These effects were dependent on its chemical properties. The pleiotropic effects of HA observed in this article suggest the possible role of these compounds in human nutrition.
Authors: Sudre, D.; Gutierrez-Carbonell, E.; Lattanzio, G.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY
ISSN 0022-0957  Vol. 64  Nº 10  2013  pp. 2665 - 2668
Iron homeostasis is an important process for flower development and plant fertility. The role of plastids in these processes has been shown to be essential. To document the relationships between plastid iron homeostasis and flower biology further, a global study (transcriptome, proteome, metabolome, and hormone analysis) was performed of Arabidopsis flowers from wild-type and triple atfer1-3-4 ferritin mutant plants grown under iron-sufficient or excess conditions. Some major modifications in specific functional categories were consistently observed at these three omic levels, although no significant overlaps of specific transcripts and proteins were detected. These modifications concerned redox reactions and oxidative stress, as well as amino acid and protein catabolism, this latter point being exemplified by an almost 10-fold increase in urea concentration of atfer1-3-4 flowers from plants grown under iron excess conditions. The mutant background caused alterations in Fe-haem redox proteins located in membranes and in hormone-responsive proteins. Specific effects of excess Fe in the mutant included further changes in these categories, supporting the idea that the mutant is facing a more intense Fe/redox stress than the wild type. The mutation and/or excess Fe had a strong impact at the membrane level, as denoted by the changes in the transporter and lipid metabolism categories.
Authors: Ariz, Idoia; Asensio, A. C.; Zamarreño, Ángel; et al.
Journal: PHYSIOLOGIA PLANTARUM
ISSN 0031-9317  Vol. 148  Nº 4  2013  pp. 522 - 537
An understanding of the mechanisms underlying ammonium (NH4+) toxicity in plants requires prior knowledge of the metabolic uses for nitrogen (N) and carbon (C). We have recently shown that pea plants grown at high NH4+ concentrations suffer an energy deficiency associated with a disruption of ionic homeostasis. Furthermore, these plants are unable to adequately regulate internal NH4+ levels and the cell-charge balance associated with cation uptake. Herein we show a role for an extra-C application in the regulation of C¿N metabolism in NH4+-fed plants. Thus, pea plants (Pisum sativum) were grown at a range of NH4+ concentrations as sole N source, and two light intensities were applied to vary the C supply to the plants. Control plants grown at high NH4+ concentration triggered a toxicity response with the characteristic pattern of C-starvation conditions. This toxicity response resulted in the redistribution of N from amino acids, mostly asparagine, and lower C/N ratios. The C/N imbalance at high NH4+ concentration under control conditions induced a strong activation of root C metabolism and the upregulation of anaplerotic enzymes to provide C intermediates for the tricarboxylic acid cycle. A high light intensity partially reverted these C-starvation symptoms by providing higher C availability to the plants. The extra-C contributed to a lower C4/C5 amino acid ratio while maintaining the relative contents of some minor amino acids involved in key pathways regulating the C/N sta
Authors: Urrutia, Óscar, (Autor de correspondencia); Erro, Javier; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF THE SCIENCE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
ISSN 0022-5142  Vol. 93  Nº 2  2013  pp. 293 - 303
BACKGROUND: Previous studies showed that phosphate can be complexed by humic acids (HA) through stable metal (M) bridges (PMHA). We studied the thermodynamic properties of PMHA and their relationships with the ability of PMHA to both decrease soil P fixation and increase P availability for plants. With this aim, we studied the theoretical stability of PFeHA, PAlHA and PCaHA by molecular modelling methods in relation to the degree and intensity of P absorption in soils and the ability of plants to take up complexed P. RESULTS: A density functional theory (DFT) quantum chemical study enabled us to obtain stable structures for the three PMHA complexes in water solution. The theoretical stabilities (¿G¿) were consistent with that for apparent stability obtained by Scatchard method, PFeHA ¿ PAlHA > PCaHA, though the differences were clearer by the DFT method. Also the reduction of soil P fixation and the release of P from PMHA in the presence of an anionic resin confirmed the stability order of the different PMHA. Plant studies confirmed the ability of diverse plant species to take up both P and metal complexed in PMHA. CONCLUSION: The results indicated the potential efficiency of PMHA-based fertilizers to optimize P fertilization for crops cultivated in soils with high P fixation ability.
Authors: Ricardo ; Juan Manuel ; Zamarreño, Ángel; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
ISSN 0176-1617  Vol. 170  Nº 1  2013  pp. 47 - 55
Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbiosis can alleviate salt stress in plants. However the intimate mechanisms involved, as well as the effect of salinity on the production of signalling molecules associated to the host plant-AM fungus interaction remains largely unknown. In the present work, we have investigated the effects of salinity on lettuce plant performance and production of strigolactones, and assessed its influence on mycorrhizal root colonization. Three different salt concentrations were applied to mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal plants, and their effects, overtime, analyzed. Plant biomass, stomatal conductance, efficiency of photosystem II, as well as ABA content and strigolactone production were assessed. The expression of ABA biosynthesis genes was also analyzed. AM plants showed improved growth rates and a better performance of physiological parameters such as stomatal conductance and efficiency of photosystem II than non-mycorrhizal plants under salt stress since very early stages - 3 weeks - of plant colonization. Moreover, ABA levels were lower in those plants, suggesting that they were less stressed than non-colonized plants. On the other hand, we show that both AM symbiosis and salinity influence strigolactone production, although in a different way in AM and non-AM plants. The results suggest that AM symbiosis alleviates salt stress by altering the hormonal. profiles and affecting plant physiology in the host plant.
Authors: Fuentes, Marta; Olaetxea, Maite; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF GEOCHEMICAL EXPLORATION
ISSN 0375-6742  Vol. 129  2013  pp. 14 - 17
The main objective of this study is to investigate the more relevant binding sites (functional groups) involved in the complexation of Fe(III) and Cu(II) by humic-based structures. To this aim we have generated a set of seven humic-based samples (MHA) by the application of a hemi-synthetic process consisting in the oxidative polymerization of different combinations of three sources of natural organic molecules: two humic acids obtained from peat and leonardite, and natural tannin extracted from the quebracho tree (Schinopsis sp.) bark. These MHA were extensively characterized by using complementary analytical techniques (13C NMR, size-exclusion chromatography, electron paramagnetic resonance, and total phenol-reductant content), and their ability to complex Fe(III) and Cu(II) was also calculated by fluorescence quenching method. The data were studied by using general correlation matrix and principal component analysis. The results obtained, taken together, indicated that in a set of humic-based structures presenting carboxylic, phenol and O-alkyl groups, and diverse aliphatic/aromatic character, the complexation of Fe(III) mainly involved specific structural arrangements including carboxylic groups distributed in aliphatic domains. However, Cu(II) complexation involved singular structural arrangements including phenols (and probably substituted phenols) and O-alkyl groups in side chains of aromatic domains.
Authors: Urrutia, Óscar; Erro, Javier; et al.
Journal: CHEMSUSCHEM
ISSN 1864-5631  Vol. 6  Nº 7  2013  pp. 1245 - 1251
Fertilizers based on phosphate-metal-humate complexes are a new family of compounds that represents a more sustainable and bioavailable phosphorus source. The characterization of this type of complex by using solid (31)P NMR in several fertilizers, based on single superphosphate (SSP) and triple superphosphate (TSP) matrices, yielded surprising and unexpected trends in the intensity and fine structure of the (31)P NMR peaks. Computational chemistry methods allowed the characterization of phosphate-calcium-humate complexes in both SSP and TSP matrices, but also predicted the formation of a stable sulfate-calcium-humate complex in the SSP fertilizers, which has not been described previously. The stability of this complex has been confirmed by using ultrafiltration techniques. Preference towards the humic substance for the sulfate-metal phase in SSP allowed the explanation of the opposing trends that were observed in the experimental (31)P NMR spectra of SSP and TSP samples. Additionally, computational chemistry has provided an assignment of the (31)P NMR signals to different phosphate ligands as well as valuable information about the relative strength of the phosphate-calcium interactions within the crystals.
Authors: Arkoun, M.; Jannin, L.; Laîné, P.; et al.
Journal: PLANT AND SOIL
ISSN 0032-079X  Vol. 362  Nº 1 - 2  2013  pp. 79 - 92
Background and aims: Urea is the major nitrogen (N) form supplied as fertilizer in agriculture. However, urease, a nickel-dependent enzyme, allows plants to use external or internally generated urea as a nitrogen source. Since a urease inhibitor is frequently applied in conjunction with urea fertilizer, the N-metabolism of plants may be affected. The aim of this study was to determine physiological and molecular effects of nickel deficiency and a urease inhibitor on urea uptake and assimilation in oilseed rape. Methods: Plants were grown on hydroponic solution with urea as the sole N source under three treatments: plants treated with nickel (+Ni) as a control, without nickel (¿Ni) and with nickel and phenylphosphorodiamidate (+Ni+PPD). Urea transport and assimilation were investigated. Results: The results show that Ni-deficiency or PPD supply led to reduced growth and reduced 15N-uptake from urea. This effect was more pronounced in PPD-treated plants, which accumulated high amounts of urea and ammonium. Thus, Ni-deficiency or addition of PPD, limit the availability of N and decreased shoot and root amino acid content. The up-regulation of BnDUR3 in roots indicated that this gene is a component of the stress response to nitrogen-deficiency. A general decline of glutamine synthetase (GS) activity and activation of glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) and increases in its expression level were observed in control plants.
Authors: García-Mina, José María, (Autor de correspondencia); Bacaicoa, E.; Fuentes, Marta; et al.
Journal: PLANT SCIENCE
ISSN 0168-9452  Vol. 198  2013  pp. 39 - 45
Numerous studies have investigated the molecular and physiological-morphological mechanisms induced in plant roots in response to specific nutrient deficiencies. Both transcriptional and post-transcriptional mechanisms are involved that increase root uptake under nutrient deficiency. Root nutrient deficiency-stress root responses are mainly regulated by the nutrient status in the shoot. The signals involved in shoot to root cross-talk regulation processes for the activation of nutrient-deficiency induced root responses are not clearly elucidated. The physiological-molecular events in the leaf linked to the nutrient availability for metabolic use, are also poorly known. In this context, we focus our attention on iron plant nutrition. Some experimental evidence suggests the existence of a regulatory system concerned with the optimization of the metabolic use of iron, mainly under conditions of iron starvation. This system seems to be activated by the deficiency in iron-availability for metabolic processes in the leaf and regulates the activation of some iron-stress root responses. This regulation seems to be probably expressed by affecting the production and/or translocation of the activating signal sent from the shoot to the root under conditions of iron deficiency in the shoot.
Authors: Fuentes, Marta; Fortuno, M.; Perez-Sarmiento, F.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF THE SCIENCE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
ISSN 0022-5142  Vol. 92  Nº 15  2012  pp. 3065 - 3071
BACKGROUND: Iron (Fe) chlorosis is a serious problem affecting the yield and quality of numerous crops and fruit trees cultivated in alkaline/calcareous soils. This paper describes the efficiency of a new class of natural hetero-ligand Fe(III) chelates (Fe-NHL) to provide available Fe for chlorotic lemon trees grown in alkaline/calcareous soils. These chelates involve the participation in the reaction system of a partially humified lignin-based natural polymer and citric acid. RESULTS: First results showed that Fe-NHL was adsorbed on the soil matrix while maintaining available Fe for plants in alkaline/calcareous solution. The effects of using three different sources as Fe fertilisers were also compared: two Fe-NHL formulations (NHL1, containing 100% of Fe as Fe-NHL, and NHL2, containing 80% of Fe as Fe-NHL and 20% of Fe as Fe-ethylenediamine-N,N'-bis-(o-hydroxyphenylacetic) acid (Fe-EDDHA)) and Fe-EDDHA. Both Fe-NHL formulations increased fruit yield without negative effects on fruit quality in comparison with Fe-EDDHA. In the absence of the Fe-starter fraction (NHL1), trees seemed to optimise Fe assimilation and translocation from Fe-NHL, directing it to those parts of the plant more involved in development. CONCLUSION: The field assays confirmed that Fe-NHL-based fertilisers are able to provide Fe to chlorotic trees, with results comparable to Fe-EDDHA. Besides, this would imply a more sustainable and less expensive remediation than synthetic chelates. Copyright (c) 2012 Society of Chemical Industry
Authors: V.; E.; et al.
Journal: ENVIRONMENTAL AND EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY
ISSN 0098-8472  Vol. 76  2012  pp. 24 - 32
The increase in root growth is one of the major effects of humic substances, but the mechanisms involved in humic acid-mediated changes in root growth, morphology and architecture are poorly known. Probably, humic substances may act on plant development through an action on the hormonal balance within the plant, either directly or indirectly by affecting the root uptake of some nutrients. In this study we investigate in cucumber plants the effects of a purified sedimentary humic acid (PHA), without detectable concentrations of the main phytoregulators in its structure, on root architecture, and its relationships with the functional action of three phytoregulators, indole-acetic acid, ethylene and nitric oxide, which are also affected by the root application of this humic acid. The results obtained using inhibitors of auxin transport or action, inhibitors of ethylene biosynthesis or action, and a scavenger of nitric oxide indicate that the increase in the root concentration of these phytoregulators caused by the root application of PHA does not play an essential role in the expression of the main changes on root architecture caused by PHA in developed cucumber plants. Other factors, which could act in coordination or independently of those phytoregulators affected by PHA root application, must be involved in the whole action on this humic acid on root architecture in cucumber.
Authors: Arkoun, M., (Autor de correspondencia); Sarda, X.; Jannin, L.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY
ISSN 0022-0957  Vol. 63  Nº 14  2012  pp. 5245 - 5258
N-fertilizer use efficiencies are affected by their chemical composition and suffer from potential N-losses by volatilization. In a field lysimeter experiment, (15)N-labelled fertilizers were used to follow N uptake by Brassica napus L. and assess N-losses by volatilization. Use of urea with NBPT (urease inhibitor) showed the best efficiency with the lowest N losses (8% of N applied compared with 25% with urea alone). Plants receiving ammonium sulphate, had similar yield achieved through a better N mobilization from vegetative tissues to the seeds, despite a lower N uptake resulting from a higher volatilization (43% of applied N). Amounts of (15)N in the plant were also higher when plants were fertilized with ammonium nitrate but N-losses reached 23% of applied N. In parallel, hydroponic experiments showed a deleterious effect of ammonium and urea on the growth of oilseed rape. This was alleviated by the nitrate supply, which was preferentially taken up. B. napus was also characterized by a very low potential for urea uptake. BnDUR3 and BnAMT1, encoding urea and ammonium transporters, were up-regulated by urea, suggesting that urea-grown plants suffered from nitrogen deficiency. The results also suggested a role for nitrate as a signal for the expression of BnDUR3, in addition to its role as a major nutrient. Overall, the results of the hydroponic study showed that urea itself does not contribute significantly to the N nutrition of oilseed rape.
Authors: Aymerich, Enrique; García-Mina, José María; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF RESIDUALS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
ISSN 1544-8053  Vol. 9  Nº 1  2012  pp. 1 - 7
Dry anaerobic digestion systems work with wastes that have a dry matter content above 20%. This technology has been used above all to treat the organic fraction of municipal solid waste making its application to the agro-food industry waste a novel approach. Co-digestion of vegetable and MBM by means of a batch system shows a good efficiency in spite of the presence of certain compounds at inhibitory levels (N-NH3 and VFA) which are detected in the process leachate.
Authors: Erro, Javier; Urrutia, Óscar; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY
ISSN 0021-8561  Vol. 60  Nº 8  2012  pp. 2008 - 2017
A new type of superphosphate (organic complexed superphosphate (CSP)) has been developed by the introduction of organic chelating agents, preferably a humic acid (HA), into the chemical reaction of single superphosphate (SSP) production. This modification yielded a product containing monocalcium phosphate complexed by the chelating organic agent through Ca bridges. Theoretically, the presence of these monocalcium-phosphate-humic complexes (MPHC) inhibits phosphate fixation in soil, thus increasing P fertilizer efficiency. This study investigateed the structural and functional features of CSP fertilizers produced employing diverse HA with different structural features. To this end were used complementary analytical techniques: solid-phase 31P NMR, 13C NMR, laser-confocal microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and molecular modeling. Finally, the agronomical efficiency of four CSP have been compared with that of SSP as P sources for wheat plants grown in both alkaline and acidic soils in greenhouse pot trials under controlled conditions. The results obtained from the diverse analytical studies showed the formation of MPHC in CSP. Plant¿soil studies showed that CSP products were more efficient than SSP in providing available phosphate for wheat plants cultivated in various soils with different physicochemical features. This fact is probably associated with the ability of CSP complexes to inhibit phosphate fixation in soil.
Authors: Jannin, L., (Autor de correspondencia); Arkoun, M.; Ourry, A.; et al.
Journal: PLANT AND SOIL
ISSN 0032-079X  Vol. 359  Nº 1 - 2  2012  pp. 297 - 319
Background & aims: Winter rapeseed (Brassica napus) is characterized by a low N recovery in seeds and requires high rates of fertilization to maintain yield. Its nutrient use efficiency could be improved by addition of a biostimulant such as humic acids whose physiological effects have been described previously in some plant species. However, to our knowledge, no study has focused on transcriptomic analyses to determine metabolic targets of this extract. Methods: A preliminary screening of ten humic acids revealed a significant effect of one of them (HA7) on rapeseed root growth. Microarray analysis was then used on HA7-treated or non-treated plants to characterize changes in gene expression that were further supported by physiological evidence. Results: Stimulation of nitrogen uptake (+15% in shoots and +108% in roots) and assimilation was found to be increased in a similar manner to growth while sulfate content (+76% in shoots and +137% in roots) was more strongly stimulated leading to higher sulfate accumulation. In parallel, microscopic analysis showed an enhancement of chloroplast number per cell. Conclusion: It is therefore suggested that HA7, which promotes plant growth and nutrient uptake, could be used as a supplementary tool to improve rapeseed nitrogen use efficiency.
Authors: A., (Autor de correspondencia); Martinez-Alcantara, B.; San-Francisco, S.; et al.
Journal: EXPERIMENTAL AGRICULTURE
ISSN 0014-4797  Vol. 47  Nº 1  2011  pp. 159 - 171
Citrus clementine cv. "Nules" is a seedless mandarin with excellent quality for consumption as fresh fruit; however, its poor fruit set leads to an excess of small-sized fruits. Currently, the only available practice to increase fruit set is the use of the growth regulator gibberellic acid (GA3) as a foliar spray. A trial was conducted to compare an environmentally friendly new bioregulator (MX), containing methyl-xanthine, to GA3 in terms of increasing fruit set and yield of clementine cv. Nules mandarin trees. Fruit yield was significantly increased in treated trees from 17.4 to 25.7% for GA3 and MX treatments, respectively, compared to untreated control trees, without any significant differences between the growth regulators. At the tested doses, MX performed similarly to GA3 in terms of fruit quality and nutrient content, while colour index was not affected significantly by this new bioregulator. A single foliar application of MX was enough to increase fruit set. Spray application of MX on clementine mandarins at the end of the flowering period, when all petals have fallen showed a similar response to GA3 treatments.
Authors: Azcona, Iñaki; Pascual, I; Aguirreolea, Jone Miren; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF PLANT NUTRITION AND SOIL SCIENCE
ISSN 1436-8730  Vol. 174  Nº 6  2011  pp. 916 - 924
A greenhouse experiment was conducted to evaluate the effects of humic substances extracted from composted sewage sludge on growth, phenological development, and photosynthetic activity of pepper (Capsicum annuum L. cv. Piquillo) plants. Humic substances derived from composted sludge (HSS) were compared with those derived from leonardite (HSL). Two doses of both humic substances were assayed (200 and 500 mg C [L substrate](-1)) and compared with a control (C). HSS showed higher nitrogen content and a higher percentage of aliphatic carbon, as well as a lower content of aromatic and phenolic carbon than HSL. HSS significantly increased plant dry-matter production (up to 560%), plant height (86%151%), and leaf area (436%-1397%) during the early stages of pepper development. Net photosynthesis and stomatal conductance increased in the treatments with HSS (up to 48% and 63%, respectively) at the vegetative stage. In addition, HSS accelerated the phenological development of pepper plants, reducing significantly the number of days to flowering and ripening, which occurred 12 and 14 d earlier than in control plants, respectively. In general, the treatments with HSS and HSL did not markedly affect chlorophyll and nutrient concentrations in the leaves. At maturity, only small differences in total fruit yield, number of fruits per plant, and fruit size were observed between amended and control plants. The results suggest that the mechanisms through which HSS affected plant growth and development were not associated with an improved nutrient uptake. Although the identity of the growth-promoting factors remains to be found, the results suggest that they may be linked to the chemical structure of the humic substances.
Authors: Artola, E.; Cruchaga, S.; Ariz, Idoia; et al.
Journal: PLANT GROWTH REGULATION
ISSN 0167-6903  Vol. 63  Nº 1  2011  pp. 73 - 79
The use of urea as an N fertilizer has increased to such an extent that it is now the most widely used fertilizer in the world. However, N losses as a result of ammonia volatilization lead to a decrease in its efficiency, therefore different methods have been developed over the years to reduce these losses. One of the most recent involves the use of urea combined with urease inhibitors, such as N-(n-butyl) thiophosphoric triamide (NBPT), in an attempt to delay the hydrolysis of urea in the soil. The aim of this study was to perform an in-depth analysis of the effect that NBPT use has on plant growth and N metabolism. Wheat plants were cultivated in a greenhouse experiment lasting 4 weeks and fertilized with urea and NBPT at different concentrations (0, 0.012, 0.062, 0.125%). Each treatment was replicated six times. A non-fertilized control was also cultivated. Several parameters related with N metabolism were analysed at the end of growth period. NBPT use was found to have visible effects, such as a transitory yellowing of the leaf tips, at the end of the first week of treatment. At a metabolic level, plants treated with the inhibitor were found to have more urea in their tissues and a lower amino acid content, lower glutamine synthetase activity, and lower urease and glutamine synthetase content at the end of the study period, whereas their urease activity seemed to have recovered by this stage.
Authors: Bacaicoa, E.; V.; Zamarreño, Ángel; et al.
Journal: PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
ISSN 0981-9428  Vol. 49  Nº 5  2011  pp. 545 - 556
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of IAA and ABA in the shoot-to-root regulation of the expression of the main Fe-stress physiological root responses in cucumber plants subjected to shoot Fe functional deficiency. Changes in the expression of the genes CsFRO1, CsIRT1, CsHA1 and CsHA2 (coding for Fe(III)-chelate reductase (FCR), the Fe(II) transporter and H+-ATPase, respectively) and in the enzyme activity of FCR and the acidification capacity were measured. We studied first the ability of exogenous applications of IAA and ABA to induce these Fe-stress root responses in plants grown in Fe-sufficient conditions. The results showed that IAA was able to activate these responses at the transcriptional and functional levels, whereas the results with ABA were less conclusive. Thereafter, we explored the role of IAA in plants with or without shoot Fe functional deficiency in the presence of two types of IAA inhibitors, affecting either IAA polar transport (TIBA) or IAA functionality (PCIB). The results showed that IAA is involved in the regulation at the transcriptional and functional levels of both Fe root acquisition (FCR, Fe(II) transport) and rhizosphere acidification (H+-ATPase), although through different, and probably complementary, mechanisms. These results suggest that IAA is involved in the shoot-to-root regulation of the expression of Fe-stress physiological root responses.
Authors: S.; Urrutia, Óscar; Martin, V.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF THE SCIENCE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
ISSN 0022-5142  Vol. 91  Nº 9  2011  pp. 1569 - 1575
BACKGROUND: Some authors suggest that the absence of tillage in agricultural soils might have an influence on the efficiency of nitrogen applied in the soil surface. In this study we investigate the influence of no-tillage and soil characteristics on the efficiency of a urease inhibitor (N-(nbutyl)thiophosphoric triamide, NBPT) and a nitrification inhibitor (diciandiamide, DCD) in decreasing ammonia volatilization from urea and ammonium nitrate (AN), respectively. RESULTS: The results indicate that ammonia volatilization in soils amended with urea was significantly higher than in those fertilized with AN. Likewise, the main soil factors affecting ammonia volatilization from urea are clay and sand soil contents. While clay impedes ammonia volatilization, sand favours it. The presence of organic residues on soil surface (no¿tillage) tends to increase ammonia volatilization from urea, although this fact depended on soil type. The presence of NBPT in urea fertilizer significantly reduced soil ammonia volatilization. This action of NBPT was negatively affected by acid soil pH and favoured by soil clay content. CONCLUSION: The presence of organic residues on soil surface amended with urea increased ammonia volatilization, and was particularly high in sandy compared with clay soils. Application of NBPT reduced ammonia volatilization although its efficiency is reduced in acid soils. Concerning AN fertilization, there were no differences in ammonia volatilization with or without DCD
Authors: Baslam, Marouane; Pascual, I; et al.
Journal: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
ISSN 0021-8561  Vol. 59  Nº 20  2011  pp. 11129 - 11140
The improvement of the nutritional quality of lettuce by its association with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) has been recently reported in a previous study. The aim of this research was to evaluate if the fertilization with three P sources differing in water solubility affects the effectiveness of AMF for improving lettuce growth and nutritional quality. The application of either water-soluble P sources (Hewitt's solution and single superphosphate) or the water-insoluble (WI) fraction of a ¿rhizosphere-controlled fertilizer¿ did not exert negative effects on the establishment of the mycorrhizal symbiosis. AMF improved lettuce growth and nutritional quality. Nevertheless, the effect was dependent on the source of P and cultivar. Batavia Rubia Munguía (green cultivar) benefited more than Maravilla de Verano (red cultivar) in terms of mineral nutrients, total soluble sugars, and ascorbate contents. The association of lettuce with AMF resulted in greater quantities of anthocyanins in plants fertilized with WI, carotenoids when plants received either Hewitt's solution or WI, and phenolics regardless of the P fertilizer applied.
Authors: Calvo, J.; et al.
Journal: PHARMACEUTICAL BIOLOGY
ISSN 1388-0209  Vol. 49  Nº 6  2011  pp. 620 - 626
Context: Stem and leaves infusion of Chuquiraga spinosa (R&P) Don. (Asteraceae) is used in the Peruvian traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties and for the treatment of vaginal infections. Objective: This study evaluated the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antifungal activities of C. spinosa for the first time. Materials and methods: Extracts of methanol, 50% methanol and water were obtained from C. spinosa aerial parts. Antioxidant activity of the extracts was evaluated (DPPH center dot E (TM), ABTS center dot E (TM)<SU++</SU and superoxide radical-scavenging activity). The correlation between these results and total polyphenolic content was determined by Pearson''s Correlation Coefficient. Anti-inflammatory activity of 50% methanol extract was evaluated with the rat model of carrageenan-induced acute inflammation and mouse model of TPA-induced acute inflammation. The antifungal activity of the extracts against Cladosporium cucumerinum and Candida albicans was studied by direct bioautography, and antifungal activity against phytopathogenic fungi was performed by culture in potato dextrose agar plates. Results: All the extracts showed high antioxidant activity, and there was correlation between the activity and total polyphenolic compounds. As 50% methanol extract was administered orally, the paw edema in rats was reduced significantly (52.5%). This extract, by topical administration, produced a reduction of 88.07% of the edema TPA-induced in ear of mice. The aqueous and 50% methanol extracts were active against C. albicans (minimum inhibitory concentration of 2.5 and 6.25 mu A mu g, respectively). The aqueous extract showed antifungal activity against C. cucumerinum (MIC: 2.5 mu A mu g). Discussion and conclusion: Preliminary phytochemical screening and the analysis of the three extracts by high-performance liquid chromatography diode-array detection showed the majority compounds are flavonoids and phenolic acid derivatives. These compounds may be responsible of the radical-scavenging activity of these extracts as well as responsible of anti-inflammatory effect in vivo of 50% methanol extract. Several authors have demonstrated the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of some flavonoids and phenolic acids. The antifungal activity of the extracts obtained from aerial parts of C. spinosa has been investigated here for the first time. Other studies are necessary to determine the mechanism of action and to identify the bioactive compounds of this plant.
Authors: Erro, Javier; JC; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY
ISSN 0021-8561  Vol. 59  Nº 5  2011  pp. 1900 - 1908
Hydroponic plant experiments demonstrated the efficiency of a type of humic acid-based water-insoluble phosphate fertilizers, named rhizosphere controlled fertilizers (RCF), to supply available phosphorus (P) to different plant species. This effect was well correlated to the root release of specific organic acids. In this context, the aims of this study are (i) to study the chemical nature of RCF using solid-state 31P NMR and (ii) to evaluate the real efficiency of RCF matrix as a source of P for wheat plants cultivated in an alkaline and acid soil in comparison with traditional water-soluble (simple superphosphate, SSP) and water-insoluble (dicalcium phosphate, DCP) P fertilizers. The 31P NMR study revealed the formation of multimetal (double and triple, MgZn and/or MgZnCa) phosphates associated with chelating groups of the humic acid through the formation of metal bridges. With regard to P fertilizer efficiency, the results obtained show that the RCF matrix produced higher plant yields than SSP in both types of soil, with DCP and the water-insoluble fraction from the RCF matrix (WI) exhibiting the best results in the alkaline soil. By contrast, in the acid soil, DCP showed very low efficiency, WI performed on a par with SSP, and RCF exhibited the highest efficiency, thus suggesting a protector effect of humic acid from soil fixation.
Authors: G., (Autor de correspondencia); Landi , L.; García-Mina, José María; et al.
Journal: APPLIED SOIL ECOLOGY
ISSN 0929-1393  Vol. 47  Nº 2  2011  pp. 106 - 110
Effects of indoleacetic acid (IAA) and ethylene (E) precursors on microbial biomass, respiration, and various hydrolase activities of the rhizosphere and bulk soil, were studied using a model system simulating this environment. The effects of IAA and E precursors were compared to those of glucose-C, N and S (GNS) applied at the same rate to soils. None of the treatments significantly affected respiration rates and ATP contents of soils. The IAA precursor significantly increased phosphatase, ß-glycosidase, urease and protease activities of the rhizosphere layer of both soils; the E precursor significantly increased phosphodiesterase, urease and protease activities of both soils. The GNS treatment did not significantly increase any hydrolase activity. The IAA precursor also stimulated the phosphatase activity of the bulk layer of the sandy soil after 7 d of incubation, possibly due to its diffusion from the rhizosphere to the bulk soil, whereas no stimulation in the bulk soil layer was observed in either E or GNS treatments. The increased hydrolase activities in the rhizosphere upon addition of both IAA and E precursors may be due to the role of these precursors as microbial metabolic activators, and may be involved in stimulation of plant growth through other processes involving IAA and E producing root associated microorganisms.
Authors: Mellisho, C. D.; González-Barrio, R.; Ferreres, F.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF THE SCIENCE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
ISSN 0022-5142  Vol. 91  Nº 12  2011  pp. 2132 - 2139
BACKGROUND This study was designed to describe the phenolic status of lemon juice obtained from fruits of lemon trees differing in iron (Fe) nutritional status. Three types of Fe(III) compound were used in the experiment, namely a synthetic chelate and two complexes derived from natural polymers of humic and lignine nature. RESULTS All three Fe(III) compounds were able to improve the Fe nutritional status of lemon trees, though to different degrees. This Fe(III) compound effect led to changes in the polyphenol content of lemon juice. Total phenolics were decreased (~33% average decrease) and, in particular, flavanones, flavones and flavonols were affected similarly. CONCLUSION Iron¿deficient trees showed higher phenolic contents than Fe(III) compound¿treated trees, though Fe deficiency had negative effects on the yield and visual quality of fruits. However, from a human nutritional point of view and owing to the health¿beneficial properties of their bioavailable phenolic compounds, the nutritional quality of fruits of Fe¿deficient lemon trees in terms of phenolics was higher than that of fruits of Fe(III) compound¿treated lemon trees. Moreover, diosmetin¿6,8¿di¿C¿glucoside in lemon juice can be used as a marker for correction of Fe deficiency in lemon trees.
Authors: Garnica, María; Houdusse, F.; Zamarreño, A.M.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
ISSN 0176-1617  Vol. 167  Nº 15  2010  pp. 1264 - 1272
Ammonium can result in toxicity symptoms in many plants when supplied as a sole nitrogen source. Nitrate reduces the negative effects caused by ammonium and promotes plant growth. In order to explore the mechanism responsible of this beneficial effect, we investigated whether nitrate application causes significant changes in the indoleacetic acid (IAA)- and cytokinin-plant distribution and abscisic acid (ABA) accumulation in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) plants grown with ammonium. Two differentdoses of nitrate were supplied to ammonium-fed plants (100 mu M and 5 mM), to determine whether the effects of nitrate require significant doses (nutritional character), or can be promoted by very low doses (signal effect). The results showed that the presence of NO(3)(-) was associated with clear increases in the active forms of cytokinins (zeatine (Z), trans-zeatine riboside (tZR), isopentenyl adenosine (IPR)) and reduction of the levels of the lower active forms (cis-zeatine riboside (cZR)), independently of the dose applied. Likewise. the presence of nitrate also enhanced IAA shoot content, which correlated with higher cytokinin levels and a tendency toward lower ABA concentration. This study presents further evidence that the possible signal effect of NO(3)(-) involved in its beneficial effect on the growth of wheat plants fed with NH(4)(+) could be mediated by a coordinated action of the levels of cytokinins, IAA and ABA in the shoot.
Authors: Mora, V.; Bacaicoa, E.; Zamarreño, Ángel; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
ISSN 0176-1617  Vol. 167  Nº 8  2010  pp. 633 - 642
Numerous studies have reported the ability of humic substances to increase shoot growth in different plant species cultivated under diverse growth conditions. However, the mechanism responsible for this effect of humic substances is poorly understood. It is possible that the shoot promoting effect of humic substances involves a primary effect on root H(+)-ATPase activity and nitrate root-shoot distribution that, in turn, causes changes in the root-shoot distribution of certain cytokinins, polyamines and abscisic acid, thus affecting shoot growth. We investigated this hypothesis in the present study. The results showed that the root application of a purified humic acid causes a significant increase in shoot growth that is associated with an enhancement in root H(+)-ATPase activity, an increase in nitrate shoot concentration, and a decrease in roots. These effects were associated with significant increases in the shoot concentration of several cytokinins and polyamines (principally putrescine), concomitant with decreases in roots. Likewise, these changes in the root-shoot distribution of diverse active cytokinins correlated well to significant changes in the root-shoot distribution of several mineral nutrients. These results, taken together, indicate that the beneficial effects of humic substances on shoot development in cucumber could be directly associated with nitrate-related effects on the shoot concentration of several active cytokinins and polyamines (principally putrescine).
Authors: Vetvicka, V.; Zamarreño, A. M.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF MEDICINAL FOOD
ISSN 1096-620X  Vol. 13  Nº 4  2010  pp. 863 - 869
Humic acids are compounds resulting from decomposition of organic matter. Despite their common presence, our knowledge of their biological effects is limited, and current findings are controversial. We decided to evaluate the immunological effects of two different types of humic acids, differing in source and biochemical characteristics. Using both components either alone or in combination with the well-established yeast-derived immunomodulator glucan, we measured their effects on both the cellular (phagocytosis and tumor suppression) and humoral (antibody production and cytokine secretion) branches of immune reactions. In summary, our results suggest that humic acids are biologically active immunodulators affecting both the humoral and cellular branches of immune reactions. In addition, the two humic acids studied here are working in synergy in stimulation of the immune reaction, supporting further studies of these natural immunomodulators.
Authors: Garnica, María; Houdusse, F.; Zamarreño, Ángel; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF THE SCIENCE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
ISSN 0022-5142  Vol. 90  Nº 3  2010  pp. 357 - 369
BACKGROUND: In certain plant species, ammonium or urea nutrition can cause negative effects on plant development which can result in toxic symptoms. Some authors suggest that the presence of nitrate can alleviate these symptoms by increasing ammonium and urea assimilation, avoiding its accumulation. In order to study this hypothesis, wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seedlings were grown with various nitrogen supplies containing the main nitrogen forms (ammonium, nitrate and urea). Amino acids content and the activity of the three main enzymes involved in nitrogen assimilation (nitrate reductase, glutamine synthetase and urease) were studied. RESULTS: The application of nitrate along with urea and/or ammonium was not associated with a time¿sustained increase in the activity of glutamine synthetase and urease. Amino acid analysis revealed that nitrate induced changes in amino acid metabolism enhancing its concentration. Likewise the content of protein was also higher in nitrate¿treated plants. CONCLUSION: These results suggest that the effect of nitrate is compatible with a rapid and transient increase in the activity of glutamine synthetase and urease during the first hour after the onset of treatments. Nevertheless, a possible effect of nitrate reducing ammonium accumulation through the activation of alternative metabolic pathways different from that involving glutamine synthetase cannot be ruled out.
Authors: Fuentes, Marta; Francisco J. ; et al.
Journal: SOIL SCIENCE SOCIETY OF AMERICA JOURNAL
ISSN 0361-5995  Vol. 74  Nº 1  2010  pp. 74 - 86
An adequate knowledge of the chemical and structural features that characterize the main fractions of humic substances in solution is of great interest to better understand a number of processes occurring in nature. Qualitative analysis of the spectra derived from diverse analytical techniques is frequently complicated, however, partially due to the quantity and complexity of the data. In this context, multivariate statistical analysis has proven to be a useful tool to integrate and interpret all this information. In this study, we applied Pareto analysis to the spectrum data derived from the application of diverse analytical techniques to several samples of humic substances. The humic substances considered in the study belong to the following groups: gray humic acid (GHA), brown humic acid (BHA), and fulvic acid (FA). The analytical techniques applied were ultraviolet¿visible light, synchronous fluorescence, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopies, 13C nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry, and pyrolysis gas chromatography¿mass spectrometry. The results show the efficiency of Pareto analysis at discriminating between the different groups of humic substances. Th is discrimination corresponded to specific spectral regions for each group, which corresponded to singular structural features. Thus, GHA presented a marked aliphatic character and low functionality. The BHA group presented high structural homogeneity characterized by a high aromatic character,
Authors: Fuentes, Marta; González-Vila, F.J.; et al.
Journal: JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
ISSN 0047-2425  Vol. 39  Nº 4  2010  pp. 1486 - 1497
Authors: V.; Olaetxea, Maite; E.; et al.
Book title:  Nitric oxide in plants: metabolism and role in stress physiology
2014  pp. 243 - 264
A number of studies have demonstrated the key role of nitric oxide in the regulation of many fundamental physiological processes that includes plant responses to abiotic and biotic stresses. On the other hand, beneficial action of humic substances on plant growth has been well corroborated, particularly when plants are subjected to abiotic stresses. Furthermore, several recent works have reported the functional links between the plant growth promoting action of humic substances and nitric oxide production and function in plants. In this article, we try to briefly review and discuss the main results showing the relationships between nitric oxide function and humic substances action on plants, also stressing the nitric oxide-dependent involvement of other plant growth regulators, such as auxin, ethylene, abscisic acid, and cytokinins.
Authors: Garnica, María; F.; S.; et al.
Book title:  Nitrate: occurrence, characteristics and health considerations
2012  pp. 67 - 82
The aims of this chapter are: (i) First, to present new experimental evidenceshowingthe signal-role of nitrate in the correction and improvement of the deleterious effects of ammonium-and/or urea-based nutritionin different plant species, either dicotyledonous or monocotyledonous. Likewise, we discuss the different and complementary mechanisms, which are expressed at diverse but interconnected molecular and physiological levels, responsible for this specific role of nitrate. This discussion is accompanied by the propositionof different hypothesisthat could explain these experimental results and orientate future research in this important field as well. (ii) Second, we also discuss the different methodologies that might be developed in order to apply this basic researchin the development of new nitrogenfertilizerswith higher metabolic efficiency and lower potential environmental risks. (iii) Finally, we propose a framework for future research oriented to do a synthesis-involving and inter-connecting this basic and applied research -related to both the future development of nitrogen-related fertilizersand cropyield ¿quality improvement.
Authors: García-Mina, José María;
Book title:  Advances in Citrus Nutrition
2012  pp. 1 - 12
Nutrition level of plants and their defense mechanism are highly interrelated. A large number of studies showed the beneficial effects of some mineral nutrients on both health and natural defense of different crops in response to the action of diverse types of pathogens. The main biochemical pathways and mechanisms involved in natural plant defense response against the attack of pathogens through schematic presentation is necessary in order to evaluate the potential role of certain mineral nutrients in the correct expression of this plant response. Defining the biological-chemical character of the action of different mineral nutrients on the activation of plant defense mechanisms has lend strong support in favor of existing synergies. As a function of the biological character of these effects, the action of each nutrient will be included in a specific level or class enclosed in the above-mentioned general classification.