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Author Leubner Metzger, Gerhard
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer-Verlag
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2001
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Sociology & anthropology
Abstract Seed germination of Nicotiana tabacum L. cv. Havana 425 is determined by the balance of forces between the growth potential of the embryo and the mechanical restraint of the micropylar endosperm. In contrast to the gibberellin GA4, the brassinosteroid (BR) brassinolide (BL) did not release photodormancy of dark-imbibed photodormant seeds. Brassinolide promoted seedling elongation and germination of non-photodormant seeds, but did not appreciably affect the induction of class I β-1,3-glucanase (βGLU I) in the micropylar endosperm. Brassinolide, but not GA4, accelerated endosperm rupture of tobacco seeds imbibed in the light. Brassinolide and GA4 promoted endosperm rupture of dark-imbibed non-photodormant seeds, but only GA4 enhanced βGLU I induction. Promotion of endosperm rupture by BL was dose-dependent and 0.01 µM BL was most effective. Brassinolide and GA4 promoted abscisic acid (ABA)-inhibited dark-germination of non-photodormant seeds, but only GA4 replaced light in inducing βGLU I. These results indicate that BRs and GAs promote tobacco seed germination by distinct signal transduction pathways and distinct mechanisms. Gibberellins and light seem to act in a common pathway to release photodormancy, whereas BRs do not release photodormancy. Induction of βGLU I in the micropylar endosperm and promotion of release of 'coat-enhanced' dormancy seem to be associated with the GA-dependent pathway, but not with BR signalling. It is proposed that BRs promote seed germination by directly enhancing the growth potential of the emerging embryo in a GA- and βGLU I-independent manner.
ISSN 00320935
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2001-05-05
Publisher Place Berlin/Heidelberg
e-ISSN 14322048
Journal Planta
Volume Number 213
Issue Number 5
Page Count 6
Starting Page 758
Ending Page 763


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