Chin Bull Bot ›› 2016, Vol. 51 ›› Issue (4): 504-514.doi: 10.11983/CBB16028

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Characterization of Phosphorus Utilization in Barley Leaf under Low Phosphorus Stress

Tao Liu, Haiying Chen, Haiying Yu, Tingxuan Li, Shangqing Gao, Guangdeng Chen*   

  1. College of Resources, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, China
  • Received:2016-02-18 Accepted:2016-05-03 Online:2016-08-05 Published:2016-07-01
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To study the character of P fractions and acid phosphatase in leaf, we conducted a pot experiment of super-low P (25 mg·kg-1 soil), low P (50 mg·kg-1 soil) and normal P (75 mg·kg-1 soil) in P-efficient barley (DH110, DH147) and P-inefficient barley (DH49). Inorganic P concentration was reduced significantly by low P stress, except for insoluble phosphate, in leaves of barley. The nucleic P concentration in upper leaves was higher in P-efficient than P-inefficient barley, but the nucleic P concentration in bottom leaves was lower; only 18.4% to 91.4% of that in P-inefficient barley. The ester P concentration and distribution ratio in bottom leaves was less in P-efficient than P-inefficient barley. However, the ester P concentration was decreased significantly only in P-inefficient barley and was significantly lower than in P-efficient barley. Moreover, the distribution of nucleic acid P and the ester P in P-efficient blades showed a better nutritional status of P in upper leaves and stronger decomposition conversion of soluble organic P in bottom leaves. Under P-deficiency, the acid phosphatase activity in bottom leaves increased significantly and was 1.29 to 1.41 times higher in P-efficient than P-inefficient barley. The P-efficient barley could improve inorganic P transformation from ester-P and nucleic P by enhancing the acid phosphatase activity of lower leaves, which increases the content and ratio of mobility P to improve P-recycling in the late growth stage of barley.

Figure 1

Determination of phosphorus sequential fractions in barley leaves"

Table 1

Changes of Pi content in leaves of barley under different P conditions (mg·g-1 FW)"

Treatments Genotypes Booting stage Heading stage
Upper leaves Bottom leaves Upper leaves Bottom leaves
P25 DH110 0.165ca 0.042ba 0.105ca 0.030ba
DH147 0.162ca 0.041aba 0.111ca 0.029ba
DH49 0.122cb 0.043ca 0.104ca 0.031ba
P50 DH110 0.176ba 0.043bb 0.170ba 0.029bb
DH147 0.177ba 0.041bb 0.162bab 0.031bab
DH49 0.144bb 0.048ba 0.151bb 0.034ba
P75 DH110 0.230aa 0.047ab 0.225aa 0.039ab
DH147 0.227aa 0.046ab 0.226aa 0.036ab
DH49 0.199ab 0.053aa 0.220aa 0.044aa

Table 2

Changes of ester P content in leaves of barley under different P conditions (mg·g-1 FW)"

Treatments Genotypes Booting stage Heading stage
Upper leaves Bottom leaves Upper leaves Bottom leaves
P25 DH110 0.105aa 0.028bb 0.109aa 0.019cb
DH147 0.102aa 0.030cb 0.110aa 0.021cb
DH49 0.085bb 0.044ba 0.094ab 0.035ca
P50 DH110 0.102aa 0.035bb 0.105aa 0.028bb
DH147 0.106aa 0.041bb 0.109aa 0.026bb
DH49 0.093abb 0.058aa 0.097aa 0.043ba
P75 DH110 0.104aa 0.049ab 0.108aab 0.041ab
DH147 0.103aa 0.045ab 0.113aa 0.041ab
DH49 0.101aa 0.063aa 0.101ab 0.052aa

Table 3

Changes of nucleic P concentration in leaves of barley under different P conditions (mg·g-1 FW)"

Treatments Genotypes Booting stage Heading stage
Upper leaves Bottom leaves Upper leaves Bottom leaves
P25 DH110 0.236ba 0.074cb 0.252cb 0.062cb
DH147 0.234ba 0.067bc 0.262ba 0.058cc
DH49 0.185bb 0.081ba 0.220cc 0.074ba
P50 DH110 0.258aa 0.077bc 0.273aba 0.082bb
DH147 0.254aa 0.085bb 0.264ba 0.075bc
DH49 0.243ab 0.095aa 0.246bb 0.094aa
P75 DH110 0.253aa 0.096aa 0.277aab 0.088ab
DH147 0.252aa 0.094aa 0.283aa 0.096aab
DH49 0.246aa 0.096aa 0.268ab 0.093aa

Table 4

Changes of insoluble P concentration in leaves of barley under different P conditions (mg·g-1 FW)"

Treatments Genotypes Booting stage Heading stage
Upper leaves Bottom leaves Upper leaves Bottom leaves
P25 DH110 0.044aa 0.031aa 0.043aa 0.032aa
DH147 0.046aa 0.030aa 0.042aa 0.029aa
DH49 0.037bb 0.031aa 0.035bb 0.030aa
P50 DH110 0.046aa 0.030aa 0.043aa 0.030aa
DH147 0.045aa 0.030aa 0.043aa 0.028aa
DH49 0.042aa 0.031aa 0.041aa 0.030aa
P75 DH110 0.047aa 0.029aa 0.043aa 0.027ab
DH147 0.046aa 0.031aa 0.042aa 0.028aab
DH49 0.044aa 0.029aa 0.042aa 0.030aa

Figure 2

The differences in distribution of P fractions in upper (A, C) and bottom (B, D) leaves of barley under different P conditions at booting (A, B) and heading (C, D) stages H1, H2 and L represent P efficient barley genotypes DH110, DH147 and P inefficient barley genotype DH49, respectively."

Figure 3

Changes of nucleic acid phosphatase activity in leaves of barley under different P conditions at booting (A) and heading (B) stages UL: Upper leaves; BL: Bottom leaves. Different letters indicate significant difference at P<0.05 among different P conditions; while different superscript letters indicate significant difference at P<0.05 between the two genotypes."

Table 5

Relationship between P fractions and acid phosphatase activity, P utilization efficiency of barley in different parts of leaves"

Organs Indexes Acid phosphatase activity
(μmol·min-1·g-1 FW)
PUE for dry matter
(g·g-1 P)
Upper leaves Pi -0.433 -0.599**
Ester P 0.122 0.286
Nucleic P -0.332 -0.166
Insoluble P 0.391 0.058
Bottom leaves Pi 0.005 -0.508*
Ester P -0.742** -0.906**
Nucleic P -0.657** -0.922**
Insoluble P 0.412 0.410
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