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Low root zone temperature favours shoot B partitioning into young leaves of oilseed rape (Brassica napus)

Ye, Z., Huang, L., Bell, R.W.ORCID: 0000-0002-7756-3755 and Dell, B. (2003) Low root zone temperature favours shoot B partitioning into young leaves of oilseed rape (Brassica napus). Physiologia Plantarum, 118 (2). pp. 213-220.

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In previous studies with tropical plant species, low root zone temperature (RZT) induced boron (B) deficiency, but it is not known if the same response to RZT will be expressed in temperate species, like oilseed rape, that are more tolerant of low temperature. The present experiments investigated the effect of RZT (10 and 20°C) on oilseed rape (Brassica napus L. cv. Hyola 42) response to B in solution culture, in summer and winter. Regardless of canopy growth conditions, low RZT (10°C) promoted the partitioning of shoot B to the actively growing leaves, especially when B supply was low. However, low RZT did not significantly alter net B uptake rates or plant biomass. Low RZT decreased the shoot-to-root ratio, countering the effects of low B which increased it, leading to a decreased demand for B in the shoot at low RZT. At low B supply, B-deficiency symptoms appeared later at 10 than at 20°C, corresponding with higher B concentrations in the youngest fully opened leaves (YOLs) at 10°C RZT. Thus 10°C RZT increased the tolerance to low B supply. As a result, it is concluded that the effect of decreasing RZT on the responses of the temperate species, oilseed rape, to low B supply depends on whether the low RZT is above or below the optimal root temperature for growth.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Copyright: 2003 Physiologia Plantarum
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