Sterols and frost hardening of winter rape

Elzbieta Sikorska, T. Farkas

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Winter rape (Brassica napus L., var. olifera cv. Górczanski) seedlings were exposed to hardening conditions and the content and composition of free sterols as well as the ratio of free sterols to total phospholipids were determined. There was a reduction in free sterol content in the leaves at the most advanced stage of hardening. The ratio of free sterol to total phospholipids was significantly reduced by hardening due to a decrease in the level of the former and an increase in that of the latter compounds. There was a negative correlation between this ratio and the temperature at which half of the seedlings died. Thus, adaptation of membranes to temperature takes place also at the level of sterol‐phospholipid interactions. Exposing seedlings already hardened to freezing temperatures caused injury higher than 50%, and brought about a drastic increase in the level of free sterols and an elevation in the ratio of free sterols to phospholipids. The results are discussed in terms of a possible role of the molecular architecture of membranes in surviving at subzero temperatures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-352
Number of pages4
JournalPhysiologia Plantarum
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1982


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology

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