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Water deficits in wheat: Fructan exohydrolase (1-FEH) mRNA expression and relationship to soluble carbohydrate concentrations in two varieties

Zhang, J.ORCID: 0000-0002-1623-4675, Dell, B., Conocono, E., Waters, I., Setter, T. and Appels, R. (2009) Water deficits in wheat: Fructan exohydrolase (1-FEH) mRNA expression and relationship to soluble carbohydrate concentrations in two varieties. New Phytologist, 181 (4). pp. 843-850.

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Abstract

Terminal drought is a risk for wheat production in many parts of the world. Robust physiological traits for resilience would enhance the preselection of breeding lines in drought-prone areas. • Three pot experiments were undertaken to characterize stem water-soluble carbohydrate (WSC), fructan exohydrolase expression, grain filling and leaf gas exchange in wheat (Triticum aestivum) varieties, Kauz and Westonia, which are considered to be drought-tolerant. • Water deficit accelerated the remobilization of stem WSC in Westonia but not in Kauz. The profile of WSC accumulation and loss was negatively correlated with the mRNA concentration of 1-FEH, especially 1-FEH w3 (1-FEH-6B). Under water deficit, Westonia showed lower concentrations of WSC than Kauz but did not show a corresponding drop in grain yield. • The results from pot experiments suggest that stem WSC concentration is not, on its own, a reliable criterion to identify potential grain yield in wheat exposed to water deficits during grain filling. The expression of 1-FEH w3 may provide a better indicator when linked to osmotic potential and green leaf retention, and this requires validation in field-grown plants.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Comparative Genomics
School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Copyright: © The Authors (2008)
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/7920
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