Low arsenate influx rate and high phosphorus concentration in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.): A mechanism for arsenate tolerance in wheat plants

Gaoling Shi, Hongxiang Ma, Yinglong Chen, Huan Liu, Guicheng Song, Qingsheng Cai, Laiqing Lou, Zed Rengel

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Abstract

Two wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivars differing in arsenic (As)-tolerance were used to investigate the effects of phosphorus (P) concentration and nutrient solution pH on As(V) toxicity and As(V) uptake kinetics, and to illustrate the mechanism of As(V) tolerance in wheat seedlings. Low pH and low phosphate concentration enhanced wheat uptake of As, resulting in high As toxicity. The As(V)-tolerant cultivar MM45 exhibited higher relative root elongation than non-tolerant cultivar HM29 in all treatments, except that no genotypic difference was recorded for the solution P at 100 μmol L−1 or greater. Wheat seedling As(V) tolerance was positively correlated with P concentration in roots and shoots. In short-term (30 min) As(V)-uptake kinetics experiments, the maximum influx rate (Vmax) of As(V) increased with decreasing solution pH (from 7.0 to 6.0). Compared with HM29, although MM45 had lower Vmax, its Michaelis–Menten constant (Km) did not exceed that of HM29 in all treatments. The Vmax values of both cultivars were not significantly affected by phosphate treatments, except for HM29 which had significantly higher Vmax value in the presence of phosphate at pH 7.0. The Km values of the two cultivars increased by 9- to 20-fold when phosphate was present as opposed to absent from the uptake solution. This study showed that the Vmax values are mainly increased by high pH and As(V) uptake Km is mainly increased by phosphate presence. Decreased As(V) influx rates during early stages and increased P concentration in plant tissues are associated with increased As tolerance in wheat seedlings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-102
Number of pages9
JournalChemosphere
Volume214
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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