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Assessment of High Temperature Impacts on Early Growth of Garlic Plant (Allium sativum L.) through Monitoring of Photosystem II Activities
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Assessment of High Temperature Impacts on Early Growth of Garlic Plant (Allium sativum L.) through Monitoring of Photosystem II Activities
Oh, Soonja; Moon, Kyung Hwan; Koh, Seok Chan;
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Garlic (Allium sativum L.), one of the oldest cultivated crops, is the most widely used Allium species belonging to the family Lilliaceae. In this study, growth characteristics, photosystem II activity, and antioxidative enzyme activity were investigated in five temperatures () during early growth stage of garlic to determine the optimum temperature for cultivation and assess the effects of high temperature on early growth of garlic. Vegetative growth (e.g., shoot height, number of leaves) of garlic plants was greater in the temperature ranges of . However, dry weight (of shoot, bulb, and total plant) of garlic was significantly greater at , compared to either below or above . and values were highest at , and decreased above . The chlorophyll a fluorescence induction OKJIP transient was also considerably affected by high temperature; the fluorescence yields and decreased considerably above , with the increase of and . Activities of catalase and superoxide dismutase in leaves and peroxidase in roots were high in , and decreased significantly in . These results indicate that a growth temperature of inhibits early growth of garlic and that it is desirable to culture garlic plants near . Fluorescence parameters such a , , , , and were significantly correlated with dry weight of whole garlic plants (p < 0.01), indicating that these fluorescence parameters can be used for early assessment of high temperature effects even though the damage to the plant is not very severe.
antioxidative enzyme;chlorophyll a fluorescence parameter;early growth;OKJIP transient;
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