How does metabolic rate in plant shoot tips change after cryopreservation?

Lily M. Whelehan, Emma L. Dalziell, Eric Bunn, Ricardo L. Mancera, Bryn Funnekotter

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Cryopreservation allows the long-term storage of plant germplasm, but can cause damage to plant tissues, which must be repaired for survival to occur. This repair process is fuelled by the metabolic function of mitochondria; however, little is known about how metabolic function is affected by the cryopreservation process in plants. We compared metabolic rates of shoot tips of two Australian native species, Androcalva perlaria and Anigozanthos viridis. Overall, cryopreservation resulted in a significant reduction in the metabolic rates of shoot tips from both species, even in tissues that regenerated after cryopreservation. Metabolic rate did not increase within 48 h after of thawing, even in shoot tips which later regenerated. When examined in isolation, both pre-treatment on desiccation medium and exposure to cryoprotective agents significantly decreased metabolic rates in regenerating shoot tips of A. viridis, however both caused a significant increase in shoot tips of A. perlaria, suggesting diversity of response to cryopreservation stresses across species. Measurements of shoot tip metabolic rate during cryopreservation will inform investigations into cellular energy production and provide critical information on the state of shoot health after exposure to different cryoprotective treatments, which could play a useful role in guiding protocol optimisation for threatened species to maximise post-cryopreservation regeneration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


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