Water deficit and recovery response of Medicago truncatula plants expressing the ELIP-like DSP22

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Abstract

In this article, we present the response of Medicago truncatula Gaert. cv. Jemalong plants expressing constitutively the Dsp22 gene from Craterostigma plantagineum to water stress and rehydration. The Dsp22 gene encodes an ELIP-like protein thought to protect the chloroplast against photooxidative damage during the dehydration and rehydration. The Dsp22 transgenic homozygous M. truncatula plants showed higher amount of chlorophyll (Chl), lower Chl a/Chl b ratio and higher actual efficiency of energy conversion in photosystem 2 (I broken vertical bar(PSII)) after rehydration, when compared to the wild type. The combined data from the Chl a fluorescence analysis, pigment quantification and biomass accumulation showed that transgenic M. truncatula plants are able to recover from water deprivation better than wild type plants.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)159-163
JournalBiologia Plantarum
Volume57
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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