Nitric oxide (NO) generation during vegetative/generative transition of the apical meristem in wheat

Zsuzsanna Kolbert, Andrea Petô, Réka Szôllôsi, László Erdei, Irma Tari

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The phase transition from vegetative to reproductive development of the shoot apical meristem (SAM) is a critical event during the life cycle of seed-propagated plants. Nitric oxide (NO) as a general plant signal plays a role during growth and development and under biotic and abiotic stress conditions. In this study, apical meristems of spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L. cv. Thaifun) were isolated during their development and NO was detected by DAF-FM using a fluorescent microscope. To test the NO specificity of DAF-FM, in vivo and in vitro experiments were also carried out. In vegetative apices NO level was very low and it significantly enhanced during transition (in the "double ridge" phase). After transition, NO level decreased and proved to be low in the generative phase (11 th-13 th week). Our results show that DAF-FM is a suitable and specific indicator of NO. The significant increase in NO level during the vegetative/generative transition of wheat SAM suggests its regulatory function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-97
Number of pages3
JournalActa Biologica Szegediensis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 15 2011


  • Nitric oxide
  • Shoot apical meristem
  • Vegetative/generative transition
  • Wheat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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