The barrier to radial oxygen loss impedes the apoplastic entry of iron into the roots of Urochloa humidicola

Juan De La Cruz Jiménez, Peta L. Clode, Santiago Signorelli, Erik J. Veneklaas, Timothy D. Colmer, Lukasz Kotula

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Lack of O2 and high concentrations of iron (Fe) and manganese (Mn) commonly occur in waterlogged soils. The development of a barrier to impede radial O2 loss (ROL) is a key trait improving internal O2 transport and waterlogging tolerance in plants. We evaluated the ability of the barrier to ROL to impede the entry of excess Fe into the roots of the waterlogging-tolerant grass Urochloa humidicola. Plants were grown in aerated or stagnant deoxygenated nutrient solution with 5 μM or 900 μM Fe. Quantitative X-ray microanalysis was used to determine cell-specific Fe concentrations at two positions behind the root apex in relation to ROL and the formation of apoplastic barriers. At a mature zone of the root, Fe was 'excluded' at the exodermis where a suberized lamella was evident, a feature also associated with a strong barrier to ROL. In contrast, the potassium (K) concentration was similar in all root cells, indicating that K uptake was not affected by apoplastic barriers. The hypothesis that the formation of a tight barrier to ROL impedes the apoplastic entry of toxic concentrations of Fe into the mature zones of roots was supported by the significantly higher accumulation of Fe on the outer side of the exodermis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3279-3293
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Experimental Botany
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2021


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